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£30,401 - £37,267 / year

Job Description

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

We are offering an exceptional opportunity to registered nurses who have leadership and management experience!

  • You will become the clinical and operational lead for a team of community Nurses, caring for complex, frail people in the community
  • We will invest in you, both financially and professionally, to develop you into a Specialist Practitioner in Community Nursing in the home (District Nursing)
  • You will undertake a masters level advanced diploma, including advanced nursing practice skills, full-time for a year at Oxford Brookes University

Interested? Read on for more information…

We are offering a unique, permanent contract to become a Band 6 District Nurse Team Leader, with a training course at University to become a District Nurse Specialist. You will undertake the Masters level Advanced Diploma in Community Nursing in the Home and NMC Specialist Practitioner in Community Nursing (District Nursing) within 2 years of starting in post, and will stay with the District Nurse service for a minimum of 2 years after completing the course.

The course programme consists of supernumerary academic and experiential learning, supported by a named, qualified Community Practice Teacher (CPT). It focuses on team leadership and management, skills such as advanced history taking, physical examination and non-medical prescribing (V300) all in the context of nursing people in their own homes and the District Nursing Speciality.

As a Team Leader, you will be passionate about leading a team of Community Nurses, Nursing Students, Assistant Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and administrators to deliver holistic District Nursing care to a caseload of patients living in their own homes and residential care homes, as part of a multi-professional integrated locality team. We need strong and resilient leaders who can work autonomously, see problem-solving as a positive challenge, and be creative in many varied and unpredictable clinical situations.

In return we will support your career progression into the Band 6 Team Leader role and beyond, through a District Nursing career progression framework, including a District Nursing induction programme, regular 1:1 support and development and annual appraisal from your Band 7 Clinical Development Lead, regular group clinical supervision with your peers, and a comprehensive internal training programme around clinical competencies.

The District Nursing service in Oxfordshire is at the heart of developments in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in Oxfordshire, which is moving towards the principles in the national Five Year Forward View. At the heart of these integration plans is recognition of the value of the District Nurse Specialist Practitioner Qualification, as advocated by The Queen’s Nursing Institute, The King’s Fund and the RCN.

What the CQC and patients/carers have said about the District Nursing Service in the past year:

  • There was good support from immediate managers, and clinical supervision, and a good induction programme were in place
  • Patients were treated with dignity and respect and staff were compassionate, caring and understanding
    • “I would like to say that they have all been sensitive, polite, friendly, efficient and professional.”
  • Patients felt active partners in their care and goal setting, and time was spent helping them to understood their condition and care
    • “It was good to have such knowledgeable professionals along to help, advise and help me manage the whole situation. The care he received was very good all the way through”
  • Staff showed empathy and kindness and supported patients and carers to cope emotionally with their care and treatment
    • “The nurse listened and helped me to understand what was going to happen. This allowed me to cope a lot better.”
  • Staff were focused on high quality patient-care and went above and beyond to meet patients’ needs

If you want to be a leader in a caring, committed service, at the heart of care closer to home, then please apply.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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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