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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/04/2021.

Community Staff Nurse

Job Reference: 150-RT5371-EAS

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Community Adult Nursing
Brighton General Hospital, Brighton

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • Over 5,000 full and part time staff, with 4,000 people registered on our bank
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 9,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across our services
  • BAME, Disability, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Disability Confident Employer – Level 2

Are you a newly-qualified or experienced nurse looking to work in a community setting? Why not join one of our dynamic and progressive teams?

We are the Hospital@Home, Community IV Therapy and Responsive services teams, working across the city of Brighton and Hove and its surrounding areas. All three teams work together in providing specialist and supportive nursing care, and we are offering you the opportunity to develop and enhance your nursing skills in one of our newly-created rotational posts.

You will have the chance to work with all three teams during your rotation, giving you a wide range of patient care experience. Your development will be supported with specialist on the job training for the role as well as core nursing skills.

During the first twelve months in post you will rotate between the services and work closely with a mentor, and also spend away days with other specialised services within the Trust and take part in specific study days to enable you perform your role to the highest standards. After twelve months you will continue to rotate among the teams to maintain your competencies and give you the opportunity to further develop professionally. Description of the teams are as follows:

  • Hospital@Home: works closely with the Acute Trust (BSUH), treating patients who are classed as sub-acute who require ongoing care that can be delivered in their own homes. These patients are on a virtual ward and their medical care remains the responsibility of the referring consultant team at the hospital. The types of patient care pathways are as follows: outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) IV ABX either OD, BD or via an elastomeric pump over 24 hours, VAC dressing, wound drains, oxygen weaning programme, high output stoma, heart failure. The team also work with the hospital's respiratory team to prevent the hospital admission for patients with bronchiectasis who require IV ABX. These cohorts of patients follow a Standard Operational Pathway/Policy (SOP).
  • IV team: treat OPAT patients for OD IV ABX, following discharge from hospital or a GP referral for admission avoidance. Most of the patients have long term vascular access devices, PICC lines, skin tunnelled lines and/or portacaths. The team visit patients either in their own homes or in community clinics for care and maintenance and routine bloods. Most of these patients will be receiving chemotherapy at the hospital and this will be administered through an elastomeric pump, so a visit is required to disconnect the pump upon its completion.
  • Responsive Services: treats patients from within the Brighton and Hove area, taking referrals for admission avoidance from both the Acute Trust and GPs. The team consists of nurses, healthcare assistants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and admin staff, and the team act as a bridging service until long term services such as nursing and social care can take over. Responsive Services provide surgical wound care, non-compression leg ulcer dressings, injections, (e.g. insulin and anticoagulants) and holistic nursing assessments.

No previous community experience needed, but the ability to drive is essential. We look forward to hearing from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameRichard Preece or Mairead DolmanJob titleOperational Lead Nurse for Hospital@Home and IV TherapyEmail addressrichard.preece4@nhs.netTelephone number07717 320149, 07468 715679

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