• Full Time
  • Anywhere

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities. DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer. Selection will be on a basis of merit. The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy. To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

There has never been a more exciting time to join one of the largest specialist community NHS providers in the country – one that is also among the very best NHS employers as voted by its own staff.

The Service is to provide acute (short term) Nursing to patients in their own homes and Residential Care Home settings, to support self care, prevent hospital admissions and facilitate early discharge.

These new and exciting Nursing roles within the Rapid Response team will involve you, using your clinical and leadership skills in.

Responding to:

  • Urgent and next day community nursing referrals
  • Holistic patient assessment and effective caseload management
  • Co-ordinating the Nursing rapid response during the shift
  • Developing your skills and knowledge in effective triage
  • The service is based in the community 17.30–22.00, 7 days a week

    Main duties of the job

    To assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised patient care in the most efficient and clinically effective way whilst maintaining the patient’s privacy and dignity.

    To provide advice and support to junior staff in the delivery of high quality care and actively support the Community Nursing sister/s in the management of the health care environment. 

    To implement the relevant service. 

    To work in close collaboration with the Integrated Community Teams

    Working for our organisation

    Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

    We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

    During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    Be responsible for the assessment, implementation of treatment and the development of programmes of care for designated patients and provide feedback / escalate discussion regarding meeting patient need through supervision/monitoring processes.

    Work in close liaison with the Community Nursing sister to take responsibility as a named nurse for patients on the 
    caseload.

    In the absence of the Case Manager be delegated responsibility for caseload management, to ensure a continuity of care in accordance with the care programme, seek support from other specialist practitioners/operational managers as required. 

    Identify need, order equipment and provide advice, support and demonstration to the patient/carer on the use of the equipment to ensure a personal duty of care and compliance with health and safety policies.

    To monitor and report to senior nurse effectiveness of equipment and aids in patients’ homes to maximise the use of resources to enable care 
    packages to be delivered.

    Maintain and record accurate health records in patients’ homes and health care settings in line with Caldecott and Trust Policies and Procedures and communicate verbal information to relevant multi-disciplinary team members.

    Manage the placement of pre-registration nurse students and contribute to the learning environment for observers from other health disciplines and to new staff induction to provide a supportive workplace and a culture of continuous learning and evidence based practice. 

    To be involved in the education and training of junior staff and other staff employed within the care settings.

    Contribute to the completion of clinical audits e.g. pressure ulcers, falls, documentation.

    Contribute to Public Health and Health Promotion initiatives and under the direction of the senior nurse provide information to support well-being and independence for patients/relatives and carers.

    To participate in clinical supervision/reflective practice and continuous learning in order to maintain and improve knowledge and skills and to share good practice with colleagues.

    Participate in routine screening for chronic disease management and record results for monitoring purposes to ensure compliance with the National Service Frameworks. 

    Participate in flu immunisation sessions for the housebound to ensure national and local targets are achieved.

    Attend all operational meetings including team meetings.

    Develop, evaluate and share good working practice.

    Person specification

    Education / Qualifications

    Essential criteria

  • RGN
  • Evidence of recent relevant training
  • Desirable criteria

  • end of life care, including syringe driver
  • Research based practice

    Essential criteria

  • Evidence of research based practice
  • Recent community experience
  • Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of the wider NHS agenda and it’s impact on the community
  • Skills and Attributes

    Essential criteria

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent documentation / IT skills
  • Desirable criteria

  • Supervision of junior staff
  • continence management including catheter
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) is one of the largest providers of specialist community healthcare in England and we currently employ around 4,500 staff. We deliver a variety of services across Derbyshire, caring for nearly 1.8 million patients each year.

    We deliver patient care through 11 community hospitals, 4 minor injury units, 29 health centres and a learning disability centre. Another key part of our service is out in the community where we care for people in their own homes via therapists, health visitors and district nurses, and promoting public health in the wider community. As a Trust we care for patients of all ages with a special focus on the needs of elderly people and the very young.

    DCHS has been recognised as a top 10 NHS organisation to work for in the UK by the Health Service Journal and NHS Employers in their Best Places to Work 2015 campaign. The Trust is also the runner-up in the category for the best NHS community trust employer.

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