Job overview

The Leadership model of our respiratory services in the East area has been finalised and we are looking forwards to welcoming new senior and experienced people into our small and friendly teams.

We have created clinical lead and operational lead posts who will work across the teams based in Brighton and Hove and High Weald, Lewes and Havens. Working closely with the teams, these new roles will provide senior leadership and be key players in the transformation work underway across community respiratory services

We are looking for an experienced respiratory Nurse or Physiotherapist to be our clinical lead for a fixed-term contract of 12 months

This is an ideal opportunity for a senior Band 6 or Band 7 practitioner, keen to develop their leadership skills across the east area. Extensive clinical experience in respiratory practice is essential and previous experience in a community setting is desirable

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will use your comprehensive knowledge and champion excellence in practice in a dynamic healthcare environment. Your specialist clinical assessment skills will support patients with complex needs in addition to providing clinical advice and support to colleagues.

Working with the operational leads you will ensure the clinical effectiveness of the service and the delivery of an excellent patient experience. You will also be part of the development of the service through reflective practice, clinical supervision, and quality improvement initiatives. Central to this is supporting the principles of interdisciplinary working and cross skilling for all staff supporting each other and learning together.

Your experience of working across a variety of clinical settings and working autonomously will help you excel in this role. We will support you to develop specialist areas of practice and your leadership skills through internal and external programmes.

In this role you will be responsible for staff management, supervision, and development, including shift coordination, allocation of visits, and the performance development reviews of members of the team.

You will need to able to drive with a full UK license due to the geographic area covered by the team.

Working for our organisation

Why work for us?

  • Positive 2021 NHS Staff Survey results with compassionate culture and leadership, and support for staff wellbeing, scoring highly
  • Rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • A great variety of working environments, in the community, in patients’ homes and in our community hospitals
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as part time, flexi time, annualised hours etc.
  • Supportive team environments
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff
  • Detailed job description and main responsibilities
    We are a multidisciplinary team working flexibly to provide a seven-day service, 365 days a year, between 8am and 8pm. We deliver:

  • A rapid response to people in the community who are experiencing acute episodes of ill-health.
  • A supported discharge service to facilitate timely hospital discharges.
  • Acute reablement for up to 10 days, supporting people to achieve functional goals and work towards independence with activities of daily living.
  • The team works closely with other services within Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, as well as our acute and community partners, GPs, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), adult social care and voluntary and third sector organisations.

    Further information is available in the attached job description and person specification.

    If you would like to discuss this role or find out more, you can contact our Clinical Services Manager Emma Reeve on

    Person specification

    Qualifications and/or professional registration
    Essential criteria

  • RN first level nurse (Adults) or PT professional qualification
  • Post graduate level degree or equivalent
  • Advanced Physical Assessment course Masters Module
  • Non Medical Prescriber or willing to work towards
  • Mentoring Course or equivalent / Practice assessor
  • Community specialist practice qualification or equivalent qualification.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Masters qualification
  • Experience
    Essential criteria

  • Extensive clinical experience Case management experience
  • Evidence of up-to-date knowledge and skills
  • Evidence of ability to maintain and monitor high standards of care
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical leadership experience at a senior level
  • Skills and knowledge
    Essential criteria

  • Advanced physical assessment
  • Independent or supplementary prescribing medication review and administration
  • Evidence of ability to direct and co-ordinate programmes of care working autonomously and collaboratively
  • Able to analyse complex situations and problem solve as necessary.
  • Evidence of the ability to identify and manage risk.
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience of team dynamics/ leadership role
  • Evidence of ability to work with a multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience of working between acute and Primary Care settings
  • Evidence of working in partnership and collaboration with other professionals
  • Evidence of effective team leadership and organisational skills
  • Evidence of embracing and implementing change to provide high quality health outcomes
  • Evidence of the ability to champion patient issues
  • Evidence of the ability to work in a changing, stressful situation.
  • Ability to appropriately challenge a variety of professionals about an individual’s care.
  • Ability to resolve or diffuse conflict
  • Evidence of ability to identify training needs of self and team to provide relevant and appropriate experience to all learners
  • Evidence of one to one mentoring skills
  • Evidence of teaching patients and carers
  • Evidence of advanced communication skills, able to understand blocks to communication and ways of developing strategies to overcome these.
  • Assertive and able to negotiate in complex situations.
  • IT and ability to use Microsoft suite
  • Ability to work in flexible way and respond positively to change
  • Ability to work autonomously and make own decisions
  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of self and able to identify personal limitation and shows openness to address them
  • Other requirements
    Essential criteria

  • Car driver with access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • This post may close earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

    Correspondence relating to this vacancy will be conducted electronically. If you have not heard from us within two weeks please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please ensure that you check your emails, including your junk folder, on a regular basis. References will be requested electronically as well; please ensure you provide correct contact details for referees.

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