Senior Community Unit Nurse | Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Mar-23

Closing Date: 26-Apr-23

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG

Salary: Not specified

Senior Community Unit Nurse | Isle of Wight NHS Trust

In the Community Division we have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 nurse to join our Community Rehab Unit. The Community Rehab Unit is based in the Laidlaw Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

The Community Division aims to deliver safe, high quality care and ensure a positive patient experience within an enabling environment where patients are encouraged to do as much as they can to maintain their independence. You will be supported by the Unit Lead and Senior Nurses in the division to achieve this aim. Our nurses are highly valued to ensure they provide and maintain effective nursing care to patients and their relatives / carers.

We offer flexible working patterns in accordance with the Trust’s rostering policy, which includes a well-balanced combination of days, nights and weekends in order to meet the needs of our patients and ensure we provide a fair and equal working environment for the whole team.

For further information or an informal discussion regarding the post please contact Gerri O’Brien – Unit Lead on Ext 3633 or by email

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values areCompassion,Accountable,Respect andEveryone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust’s beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

You will be co-ordinating, leading the shift, managing a small group of staff and working in partnership with the multidisciplinary team and voluntary sector. We are looking for people to join our team bringing excellent clinical skills and a passion to provide the highest quality patient-focused care. You must be a team player with excellent communication skills and have the ability to work using your own initiative as well as part of the wider team.

Job Purpose
• The accountability within your role is in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code, which says that you must work together for the safeguarding and well-being of the public
• Provide supervision, education, and training to the Community Unit staff.
• Act as an advocate for patients to ensure the highest levels of care are delivered.
• Safeguard the delivery of high standards of care
• Deputise for the Community Unit Lead to cover the management of the Community Unit beds and assessments for admission to Community Unit in their absence as and when required.
• In conjunction with the Community Unit Lead provide effective clinical leadership.
• Responsible for the delivery of high standards of nursing care to all patients.
• Responsible for the clinical standards of care delivered within the service area.

Job Statement
• To act up for the Community Unit Lead in their absence on a regular basis and to assist in the day-to-day management of the Community Unit and hospital assessments as appropriate to provide management and a high standard of clinical leadership.
• In conjunction with the Community Unit Lead provide clear and consistent leadership to the Community Unit team, achieving and maintaining high morale, based on sound organisation and clear relationships.
• All actions in line with NMC codes and other statutory and organisational standards.
• Educate and support staff with the Community Unit Lead. Identify staff development needs through the appraisal process.
• As a senior member of the Community Unit act as a role model to all members of staff, student nurses and visitors to the community unit.
• Support the Community Unit to manage and monitor clinical standards in line with the Trust policies through audit process.
• To provide information as required, including notification of incidents and accidents to staff, patients and visitors.
• Initiate the investigation of concerns related to poor clinical practice or staff management. Escalate all concerns when there is a concern over the care being delivered by an individual to the Community Unit Lead.
• If the post holder is appropriately registered with NMC having undertaken the approved training programme (V300) they can practice as an independent non-medical prescriber, in accordance with local and national policies and protocols . The post holder should only prescribe within their designated areas of practice (as agreed with their line manager and supervising medical practitioner) and within their personal scope of competence. Ensure evidenced based practice taking into account the financial implications of cost effective prescribing. Whilst undertaking such duties the post holder is responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients and any decisions regarding the clinical management required, including prescribing, and should ensure appropriate contemporaneous records are kept in the patient record, identifying them as the independent prescriber.

This advert closes on Monday 10 Apr 2023

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