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Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

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Band 7

Job summary

Brighton / Uckfield / Crowborough / Newhaven

Due to retirement, we have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse to join us working in Brighton, Hove, Lewes, High Weald and the Havens in East Sussex. This is a great opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team of consultants, nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, psychologists and support staff, and contribute to the development of this innovative and well-regarded service. The role offers excellent prospects to further develop enhanced clinical and service improvement skills, as well as experience of working within a team integrating physical and psychological support, with our patients at the centre of all that we do.We welcome applications from experienced and enthusiastic registered nurses who are able to travel between Crowborough, Uckfield and the south coast near to Brighton. This is a full-time position and applications from part time job shares that match service need will be considered. SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBTQ+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust's workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

We encourage registered nurses to get in touch if they wish to discuss the role prior to applying.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse will work in partnership with patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in a community setting, aiming to improve outcomes for patients. This includes the development of clinic-based care, home visits and patient education programmes for diabetes management. You will also establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals in both primary and secondary care.

A varied role, you'll make use of your specialist clinical skills along with providing leadership and support to less experienced members of the nursing team in order to ensure the provision of high-quality care to patient living with diabetes.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and working relationships

  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals, patients and carers and facilitate communication between primary and secondary care to ensure the provision of high-quality specialist diabetes care to patients and carers at all stages of the care pathway.

  • Using advanced specialist skills be responsible for assessing the physical and psycho-social needs of people with diabetes, initiating the appropriate therapeutic care plans and treatments including insulin and GLP-1 initiation.

  • To develop strategy and policies to support the Clinical Operations Manager to deliver an effective service through positive leadership, quality standards, communication and expert knowledge

  • Make presentations to a wide range of groups at meetings/conferences internal and external to the organisation, in order to share work locally and nationally to influence both strategy and practice. Participate in networking and collaborative working with key service users and complementary service agencies within the local health economy and nationally as appropriate.

  • Main tasks

  • Work autonomously and carry a caseload of patients who require specialist intervention. To manage patients living with diabetes to support with diabetes technologies including but not exclusively continuous glucose management (CGM), pumps and hybrid closed loops.
  • To provide contemporaneous records and reports regarding patients ongoing care and management.
  • To provide clinical supervision for team members.
  • To facilitate education programmes tailored to the needs of patients with diabetes, underpinned by best practice and using a patient centred approach.
  • Prescribe and review medication (if appropriate prescribing qualification has been obtained and governance in place) for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national practice protocols, and within scope of practice.
  • To identify ongoing training and updating of other healthcare professionals in the community regarding diabetes management.
  • To undertake appropriate clinical risk assessments to inform the Trust of any circumstances that contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff.
  • Contribute to the service review of achievements and performance against service plan targets and standards, both clinical and managerial, including data activity collation in order to support service development and meet contractual requirements.

  • Main responsibilities

  • To provide leadership and act as a specialist resource and role model to clinicians in the community to plan, develop and implement community diabetes services, ensuring patient/users are given the opportunity to contribute to service improvement/development.
  • To contribute to strategic planning for diabetes care in line with local and national commissioning processes. To work with secondary care services with regards to information provision to ensure a whole system approach to diabetes management.
  • To contribute to the development of and maintenance of mechanisms to audit the quality of care and effectiveness and act upon findings.
  • To keep up-to-date with professional developments in diabetes including product information and attend appropriate forums related to specialist role.
  • As a Registered Nurse, the post holder is required to adhere to NMC standards and guidelines of practice, education and conduct.
  • To develop as a Community DSN and enable effective team working.
  • To assist with management of daily workload allocation, supervision, recruitment, induction and appraisal of junior members of the nursing team including Health Care Assistants.
  • To apply evidence-based knowledge of diabetes and contribute in the development and implement relevant policies, protocols and care pathways as appropriate.

  • Organisation chart

  • Clinical Services Manager / Advanced DSN

    Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse

    DSNs / HCAs / Supervisees / Student Nurses

    Person Specification

    Qualification & Professional Registration

    • oRegistered with the NMC as a General Nurse (RGN)
    • oRelevant post graduate modules/qualification in diabetes
    • oRelevant teaching module/course
    • oEvidence of relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to underpin clinical reasoning skills and ability to undertake assessment, analysis and treatment of diabetes

    • oExtended/supplementary nurse prescribing


    • oSignificant post registration experience
    • oExperience of multi professional and cross-organisational work
    • oExperience of performance management including reporting against targets and risk management
    • oExperience of Human Resource Management including recruitment and retention of staff, performance management and managing sickness and absence

    • oExtended/supplementary nurse prescribing

    Skills & Knowledge

    • oRelevant clinical skills
    • oAbility to provide supervision
    • oAbility to manage complaints and incidents at local level
    • oAbility to meet a range of competing deadlines and priorities
    • oSpecialist knowledge and application of assessment and interventions in diabetes care

    Other requirement

    • oLicensed UK driver with ability to work from various locations from Brighton/Hove/Newhaven to Uckfield and Crowborough

    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.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


    Moulsecoomb Health Centre (Brighton, Uckfield, Crowborough, Newhaven)

    Hodshrove Lane, Hodshrove Road


    BN2 4SE

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    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) offers diverse employment opportunities across Sussex.

    We employ over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff, and our expert teams deliver a wide range of medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 10,000 people a day, serving a total population of 1.3 million.

    Why join our #CommunityThatCares at SCFT?

    • Flexible working patterns offered across our services
    • Ongoing training and development tailored to your needs
    • Excellent research opportunities
    • BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks 
    • Level 3 Disability Confident Leader
    • Free health and wellbeing checks for all staff
    • Workplace nurseries rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted

    SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

    Contact our friendly Recruitment team on 01273 242227 or

    Check out our latest video, showing what it’s like to be an Allied Health Professional with us.....

    Company info
    01273 696011
    Glynde Building
    Brighton General Hospital
    Elm Grove
    East Sussex
    BN2 3EW

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