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Stoma Care Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and committed registered nurse to join the clinical nurse specialists in the stoma care team.

The successful applicant will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and will be responsible for the delivery of high-quality care to stoma patients within both an acute hospital setting and community setting. They will be responsible for the assessment, development, delivery, and evaluation of evidence based individualised patient care within the boundaries of their role.

You will have current experience of working as a stoma care nurse, be experienced siting patients for a stoma pre-operatively, and have experience of working autonomously in a nurse led clinic and community settings.For further information, please contact Lorraine Batty or Melissa Downing on Ext.5570 or Bleep No.4123.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assist in the provision and development of high-quality specialist ostomy care to both adults and paediatrics.

There is an expectation for the post holder to act as an expert practitioner in the field of stoma care by providing an exceptional service for both inpatients and outpatients.

The post holder will ensure that each patient undergoing stoma formation surgery has understood information given to them and is empowered ensuring an optimal quality of life is restored.

The post holder will work collaboratively within the multi-professional team, particularly the wider Colorectal Team, IBD team at NGH and the Integrated Care System (ICS) with General Practitioners, thus ensuring a seamless patient experience.

The post holder will embrace the Trusts core values of compassion, accountability, respect, integrity, and courage.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Skills:

The post holder will provide specialist stoma care support to patients undergoing or have undergone stoma formation surgery or ileoanal pouch surgery within the hospital and community setting.

The post holder will review current literature and evidence pertaining to stoma nursing care, ensuring that interventions reflect the current research evidence available, and is appropriate to needs, context and culture.

The post holder will utilise counselling skills to provide empathetic support for patients and their families/carers who are experiencing a potentially life threatening and life changing illness and who may be distressed by the changes in their body image utilising excellent communication skills when breaking bad news and explaining treatment options.

The post holder will have the confidence to act as an advocate for their patients, assisting them to make informed choices concerning treatment.

The post holder will use evidence-based practice and their professional expertise to mark the patients abdomen pre-operatively to enable the surgeon to place the stoma in the best possible position thereby enhancing the patients quality of life.

The post holder will utilise assessment and diagnostic skills to develop planned programs of care, ensuring physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs are met.

The post holder will be responsible for implementing the program of care and evaluating the treatment given, including health promotion, required by patients and in conjunction with other nursing and specialist staff and with the co-operation of the patient and their relatives/carers.

The post holder will monitor patients compliance against treatment plans through patient feedback, interpretation of information from clinical findings and test results.

The post holder will manage high output stomas and fistulas acting as a resource to other healthcare professionals on such management.

The post holder will contribute to the management of complex wounds when requested and if appropriate.

The post holder will participate in nurse led clinics and community reviews for stoma patients under the direction of the patients consultant and the Stoma Care Nurse Specialist.

The post holder will be responsible for recommending the prescription of ostomy products, ensuring that the patient has adequate supplies of equipment and understands how to use the products enabling their independence.

The post holder will work alongside the Colorectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, the Gynaecology Multidisciplinary team, the Gastroenterology Multidisciplinary Team, and the Integrated Care System ensuring a seamless service for patients and their families/carers.

The post holder will receive and make direct referrals to and from General Practitioners, Consultants and other specialists and members of the multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will clearly and accurately document the outcomes of consultations either electronically or handwritten in the paper clinical notes with letters, communicating the outcomes of outpatient and community consultations, to other appropriate healthcare professionals and maintain an accurate record of all interactions with individual patients on the Stoma Care Team database.

Education and Professional Development:

The post holder will participate in the annual appraisal process and plan future personal development and competencies to be achieved.

The post holder will take responsibility for meeting the necessary requirements for revalidation and maintaining their nursing registration.

The post holder will actively participate in the theoretical and practical teaching of stoma care to all health care professionals within the acute and community setting.

In conjunction with the Lead Stoma Care Nurse Specialist the post holder will cascade information to front line nurses through formal means, for example in service training and lectures.

The post holder will adhere to the NMC Code, (NMC 2015) and future Codes as published and always work within their own scope of professional practice following Northampton General Hospital NHS Trusts own policies, procedures, and guidelines.

General Responsibilities:

The post holder will promote and maintain good working relationships with ward, clinic, and community staff, establishing effective communication pathways enhancing the patients healthcare experience.

The post holder will support and understand the need to monitor clinically effective and cost-efficient use of stoma care resources and equipment.

The post holder will participate in auditing standards of care, identifying best practice and areas for improvement as required

The post holder will work collaboratively with the other members of the stoma care team to plan their workload, defining day-to-day work priorities within the hospital and community settings.

The post holder may be required to use their own autonomous judgement when prioritising their workload against the needs of the patients and service requirements.

The post holder is required to adhere to the Lone Worker Policy in the Primary setting.

The post holder will comply with all Health and Safety regulations, particularly COSHH, and report, act upon any accidents, incidents, or hazards in accordance with agreed protocols.

The post holder will have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment of all kinds, promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Level 1
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent level of education, training or experience


  • Willingness to undertake relevant specialist courses to a Degree/Masters level

Knowledge and Experience


  • A minimum of 3 years' experience post registration, including nursing colorectal patients
  • Experience as a band 6 registered nurse
  • A minimum of 1 years' experience working within a stoma care team



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of providing support, advice and information to patients and their carers
  • Good interpersonal/negotiation skills including the ability to work as part of the MDT
  • Experience in teaching knowledge and skills to patients and their carers
  • Ability to work under pressure whilst recognising own stressors and act accordingly

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital



Northampton General Hospital



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