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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/09/2019.

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TB Specialist Nurse

Job Reference: 833-SS-SP-504-19

(SP) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
TB Liason
£30,401 to £37,267 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Tuberculosis (TB) has been around since the beginning of time. TB specialist nursing is as much about public health as it is about clinical and nursing care. It covers all age groups from cradle to grave. It embraces the core elements of public health nursing: inequalities, prevention and health protection across the entire population, as well as requiring sound knowledge of the physical aspects of the disease and the emotional, psychological and social impact on individuals, their families and friends. Patient caseloads cover all ages, social and cultural groups, with a huge variety of needs - managing such diverse caseloads presents a complex challenge. TB can never be treated in isolation and TB specialist nurses have to be mindful of the myriad of elements that make up patients' daily lives. This inevitably involves working in partnership with a variety of other services and organisations. The breadth of the TB nurse role requires flexibility and a wide range of competences so that they can adapt to abrupt changes in workload (due to incidents/outbreaks) and/or as result of an increased number of patients with complex needs.

This role is a unique and exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Staff Nurse to transition into a more senior position and to be part of an innovative forward thinking service. The TB service in Leeds is introducing a revised service to support several contracts. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of developing and shaping the service for the city. The ideal candidate will aspire to work in a senior leadership role and have the drive to develop and specialise within this interesting and diverse field of Nursing.

The team is made up of specialist nurses, support workers and administrators and provides specialist TB services Citywide. These services are made up of hospital and outreach screening clinics, multidisciplinary outpatient clinics , home visits and visiting patients within the hospital environment. We offer education to different teams and services including the wider community. The team works closely with Public Health England and Public Health within Leeds Council especially if there are any outbreaks of TB within the city.

This role requires a dynamic person with excellent communication skills including those who do not have English as a first language, someone who can liaise with the multidisciplinary team made up of Consultants, Public Health England, Microbiologists, local and national TB services and the wider stakeholders. It is a challenging role but a fulfilling role one where Nurses can really make a difference.

Experience of working within a community setting is essential and experience of managing a caseload. An understanding of caring for vulnerable patients like migrants or those who may be socially excluded, drug users, alcoholics and the homeless would be advantages.

The ideal candidate will have a strong desire for professional development and a commitment to make a difference to patient outcomes. In return there will be a robust training program and the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills within a leadership role.

If this sounds interesting to you and you want to work in an environment where every day is different we would like to hear from you.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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