Skip to main content

Housebound Diabetes Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year N/A
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

View more

Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Diabetes Nurse - Band 6Permanent1 WTE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Housebound Diabetes Nurse (DN) to join our team. The post is for those who want to develop a career in Diabetes Specialist Nursing and candidates already working as a DSN.

The successful applicant must have undertaken a recognised programme of diabetes training, self motivating, organised, and able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with a commitment to continued personal development.We are a team keen to provide high quality patients care and empowerment. If you have excellent communication skills, are keen to learn and develop your knowledge and skills in diabetes, then please consider an application.

As housebound DN, part of your caseload will be housebound patients and will be required to do home visit to review them. You will be working closely with the District Nurses in supporting/ managing housebound people with diabetes.If you are considering joining us in a developmental role we will offer a supportive local induction and training programme. This will be supplemented with ongoing supervision and mentoring. On achievement of relevant Trend-UK integrated career and competency framework for Diabetes Nursing, you will achieve the job title of Diabetes Specialist Nurse. There is also an expectation for completion of academic study in diabetes.For more information, contact: -

Michael Asumah

Main duties of the job

  • The post-holder will be a member of the community diabetes specialist nurses.
  • To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing a specialist service to adults housebound patients with diabetes and their families in the primary care setting.
  • To be a source of expertise, knowledge and support to other professionals working with adults with diabetes in the primary care setting.
  • To identify the training needs of the health care professionals and other workers with adults with diabetes and their families/carers.
  • To be closely involved in establishing and developing interdisciplinary care pathways, protocols and audits.
  • To contribute to the planning and development of services for this particular group of patients, their families and carers.
  • To maintain a caseload of housebound patients, being responsible foradmissions, discharges and the implementation of housebound care.
  • Whilst holding housebound caseload, to contribute to the development of diabetes nursing by working towards a credible role model, educator and an expert clinician.
  • To be closely involved in establishing and developing interdisciplinary care pathways, protocols and audits.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To visit housebound patients living in the Borough of Newham assist in the management of their diabetes care and liaise with the multidisciplinary team as appropriate
  • Be a resource for housebound patients and their families by providing information on all aspects of diabetes care to enable patients to manage their own disease effectively.
  • Maintain accurate, contemporaneous and legible patient records.
  • Work closely with the multidisciplinary team in planning, implementing and delivering programmes of care and to ensure that the objectives of these are met.
  • Assist housebound patients and their carers to achieve individualised goals to maintain their physical and psychological well being in order to become proactive in their own care.
  • Work within East London Foundation Trust policies with regards to extended and supplementary nurse prescribing.

  • Always practice in accordance with East London Foundation Trust Nursing strategies, local and national clinical guidelines, local formulary recommendations and prescribing guidance.
  • Support and participate in Trust strategies for clinical governance to ensure the provision of high standards of care and clinical effectiveness.
  • Be responsible for meeting targets and achieving the trust objectivesregarding clinical governance.
  • Always act in accordance with The Nursing and Midwifery Councils (NMC) Code and Professional Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice.
  • Maintain a high professional standard of care and expertise.
  • Act as an expert resource, providing clinical advice and support to community, hospital based staff and junior members of the team.
  • As part of the nursing team, provide cover for other diabetes specialist nurses.
  • In conjunction with the lead nurse and centre manager, deal with any day- today unit management issues within the diabetes service.
  • Participate in the development and review, where necessary, of all policies, protocols, guidelines and standards of care for the service.
  • Ensure that the nursing aspects of the diabetes service quality improvementplans are implemented.
  • Promote a seamless service between primary and secondary care.
  • Be aware of the national and local policies that affect the nursing and the speciality services, and respond to them.
  • Keep accurate records, submitting statistical returns and compiling reports as necessary and when required.
  • If required, investigate and submit reports on any untoward incident involving patient or staff.
  • Undertake additional negotiated roles/projects or responsibilities, such as health promotion initiatives etc.
  • Participate in planning, organising and undertaking of other activities within the framework of the post, commensurate with the grade.
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with the DSNs in other East London districts,including the multidisciplinary team and NUHT to integrate the service.

  • Work within the East London Mental Health Trust allocated budget withreference to Nursing Prescribing.
  • Ensure that services are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possiblewithin available resources.

Human Resources
  • Identify the training needs for professionals in the primary and secondary care setting and develop and provide appropriate training programmes to meet their needs.
  • Provide clinical expertise and supervision for nursing students in the primary and secondary care setting.
  • Take responsibility for maintaining own clinical expertise in relation to current research and evidence based practice in diabetes care.
  • Participate in formal and informal teaching sessions within the community, including DESMOND Structured Education (Group Programme).

Information Resources
  • Keep and maintain EMIS records for every patient treated.
  • Use emails to enhance communication within and between primary care and secondary care.
  • Attend regular multidisciplinary meetings, plan agenda items and takes minutes of the formal meetings.

Research and Development Service Development
  • Identify areas for, and participate in, nursing and multidisciplinary research.
  • In agreement with the lead nurse, identify areas for, and actively participate in audit.
  • Develop and facilitate research-based practice within the diabetes nursing team.
  • Develop and initiate new techniques in the care with patients with diabetes,working within the guidelines of National Service Framework(s), Clinical Governance, NICE Guidelines and the NMC contract etc.
  • Provide for the dissemination of current information and theories necessary for the advancement of patient care.
  • Participate in the development and auditing of research based nursing and multidisciplinary standards e.g. Essence of Care.
  • Participate within the diabetes service for implementing and auditing the Essence of Care framework.
  • With the lead nurse and the other members of the team, contribute to the development of agreed protocols, integrated care pathways and audit tools that monitor practicePersonal Development
  • Take responsibility for maintaining all clinical expertise in relation to current research and evidence based practice in diabetes care.
  • Actively participate in appraisal and personal development using reflective practice.
  • Take responsibility for own professional development in accordance with PREP and attend study, course in agreement with line manager. Maintain current registration of the required qualification for the post within the NMC.
  • Adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Continue to develop his / her scope of professional practice and contribute to the advancement of the diabetes specialist nursing by attending national and local clinical meetings and feeding back appropriate information.
  • Actively participate in regular clinical and operational supervision.

Freedom to Act
  • Intrinsic to job description, this includes:
  • Be responsible and accountable as a named nurse for a caseload of patients, making recommendation for treatment as appropriate.
  • Receive direct patient referrals and be able to refer patients to other services such as podiatry, psychotherapy and dietetics.
  • Practice advanced clinical skills and to work autonomously within the framework of the multidisciplinary team.9. GeneralStatement of employment policies:In addition to the requirement for all employees to cooperate in theimplementation of the employers related policies your attention is drawn to the following individual employee responsibilities.

Health and Safety
  • To refrain from acting in a manner which in any way endangers you, fellow employees or the public

Equal Opportunities
  • To avoid any behaviour, which discriminates against your fellow employees or potential employees on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins or disability

No Smoking
  • To refrain from smoking in any areas of the Trusts premises not designated as a smoking area.

  • To recognise that even small amounts of alcohol can impair workperformance and affect ones ability to deal with patients and the public in a proper and acceptable manner.

  • To safeguard at all times the confidentiality of information relating to patients and staff.

This job description will be reviewed regularly and amended to meet developments and the needs of the service

Person Specification

Educational Qualification


  • Registered Nurse on Part 1 of the NMC register (Registered General Nurse).
  • Relevant post graduate diabetes qualifications e.g ENB 998
  • Graduate in Nursing or health related knowledge
  • IT skills/qualifications
  • Evidence of CPD with particular relevance to diabetes.
  • 3 Years relevant post registration experience


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Care
  • Relevant post graduate mentoring qualifications
  • A willingness to participate in continuing professional development.
  • Trained DESMOND Diabetes Educator



  • Relevant post registration experience
  • Community experience


  • Substantial experience (full time or equivalent number of hours) in diabetes care.
  • Up to date knowledge of all aspect of diabetes care and broad experience of working within this speciality.



  • Can demonstrate a clear understanding of issues surrounding equality and diversity.
  • Has initiative and enthusiasm.
  • Has the ability to work flexibly.
  • Is highly self - motivated.


  • Is open and friendly
  • Is able to fit into the established team.
  • Is able to work under pressure.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Up to date knowledge of all aspect of diabetes care and broad experience of working within this specialty.
  • Knowledge of current developments in nursing and diabetes care



  • oCar Driver with UK Driving License

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


CHN Diabetes Service

Diabetes Unit, Shrewsbury Road Health Centre Shrewsbury Road,


E7 8QP

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert