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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/01/2022.

Respiratory Nurse

Job Reference: 449-ASP704

Solent NHS Trust
Community Respiratory Service
£32,306 - £39,027 p.a pro rata

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If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Job Specific Location/Base:St Mary's Community Hospital

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our new breathlessness service within the Respiratory service in Solent NHS Trust. We are looking to recruit an experienced Respiratory Nurse to join our friendly team. We are happy to accept part-time/ full time/ job share. We are looking for candidates who hold a professional registration with NMC.

Starting with the diagnosis journey for patients, the new breathlessness service has been set up to offer quality assured diagnosis of respiratory and cardiac patients. This includes Spirometry, FeNO testing and point of care testing. The service will operate from St Mary’s Community Hospital and Primary Care Network sites within Portsmouth CCG.

Patients will be referred in from primary or secondary care to a single point of breathlessness referral, which will bring together the cardiac and respiratory pathways. Referrals will be triaged by multiple disciplines working across these teams to run the full cardio-respiratory tests or the individual disciplines.

Following testing, a review within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) will be undertaken and a complex care plan will be provided for the patient to continue treatment under the guidance of their General Practitioner. This care plan will include non-pharmacological management with interventions such as pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, breathing pattern disorder, home oxygen assessment and review and pharmacological management initiation.

Job Responsibilities

  • To meet the needs of patients and their families to achieve improved health outcomes and promote health and wellbeing while demonstrating care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment. Care is based on comprehensive assessment, ensures continuity and is patient/client centred, culturally sensitive and evidence-based and which promotes independence.
  • May be responsible for co-ordinating the day to day work of the breathlessness team, influencing clinical decisions and monitoring the quality of patient care provided through utilising and maintaining expert clinical knowledge relevant to own field of practice, underpinned by theory and expertise.
  • Supervise junior members of staff, students on placements
  • Prioritise and undertake initial assessments, providing specialist advice and expertise in the case of conditions that can lead to breathlessness, such as respiratory and cardiac causes
  • Critical analysis of complex clinical data, such as spirometry and FeNO to inform diagnosis and decision making

The successful candidate would ideally have experience in working autonomously or conducting clinics, whether that be via an outpatient department or in a community setting.

This post presents a great opportunity to further develop your respiratory specialty skills and knowledge. We work closely within a multi-disciplinary team including Cardiac and Respiratory Consultants, home oxygen assessment and review services, pulmonary rehabilitation, and heart failure nurse specialists.

The initial diagnostic service will develop to include nurse led clinics, admission avoidance and more complex management of poorly controlled patients to develop an individualised treatment and management plan with onward referral to other specialist services as required within secondary and tertiary care. This position provides an opportunity to work across these pathways, linking with our Home Oxygen service, Heart Failure Specialist Nurses and Pulmonary Rehab Team.

For informal contact please contact Alison Hughes (Breathlessness Service Clinical Lead) on 0300 123 3998 or email


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All patient facing workers in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . It will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

To be fully vaccinated you must receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. Successful applicants will be required (unless exempt*) to provide evidence of their covid vaccination status (NHS COVID Pass) or evidence that they have commenced their journey to becoming fully vaccinated. If the required evidence cannot be provided then any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

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