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Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has an exciting opening in the Diabetes Team

The Diabetes team is dynamic and forward thinking and have recently expanded to provide an integrated diabetes service for East Suffolk. The team has won several awards including the Quality in Diabetes Care award on 2 occasions, a Univants award for our peri operative pathway and the HSJ award.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Diabetes Specialist Nurse to join our team. You will be based at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre working as part of this multidisciplinary team, participating in the delivery of integrated diabetes care for people with diabetes across East Suffolk.

This post is mainly based in the in-patient setting across surgery and medicine with close working relationships with our out-patient and community based nursing team colleagues. We offer secondary care services to patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as covering specialist areas of Diabetes in pregnancy, Diabetes related renal disease and also have a substantial amount of patients using insulin pump therapy. The in-patient nurses will therefore need to have a working knowledge of the acute management of diabetes in all the specialist areas involved.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual to join us. If you are passionate about delivering high standard care and have proven leadership and clinical skills please consider applying for this position.

Main duties of the job

  • To work in collaboration with other health care professionals to develop new and innovative tools to improve patient care
  • To work in collaboration with patients and their carers to develop individualised care plans providing knowledge and support enabling them to self manage their diabetes
  • To provide support for all grades of nursing staff in relation to diabetes nursing and to ensure a safe framework for practice is in place and maintained
  • To work with patients in a variety of settings (ie clinics, wards and community) providing a service that is sensitive to the needs of the individual
  • To have Specialist knowledge regarding the actions of both oral and injectable medications used to treat Diabetes, ensuring safe practice in the hospital setting
  • To act as Specialist resource
  • To deal with distressing/emotional circumstances related to patients/relatives and carers

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Internal applicants currently employed by ESNEFT will be offered on a secondment basis only.

For full details on the role and responsibilities please see attached job description and person specification

Person Specification



  • Proven post registration experience
  • Proven experience at Band 5
  • Experience of developing, training and education in clinical practice
  • Experience in multidisciplinary working


  • Evidence of audit experience
  • Experience of implementing Service Improvement
  • Surgical experience



  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of academic pathway towards a degree
  • Demonstration of personal and professional development


  • A recognised Diabetes Course
  • Preparing for mentorship course



  • Understanding Insulin - to have undertaken the e-learning module safe use of insulin


  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical effectiveness



  • Evidence of excellent organisational skills
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • IT Skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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