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Endocrine Specialist Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time: 15 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 Per annum excl HCA Pro rata
Salary period
21/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Title:                              Endocrine Specialist Nurse


Grade:                            Band 6


Hours of Duty:              0.4WTE


Annual Leave:              27 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata rising to

29 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata after 5 years’ service

33 days + 8 bank holidays pro rata after 10 years’ service


Terms & Conditions     National T & Cs for Agenda for Change

of Service:          


Department:                 Endocrinology


Accountable to:            Assistant Director of Nursing – Emergencies and Integrated Medicine


Responsible to:            Specialist Nurse Clinical Manager


Main duties of the job

We are looking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and reliable individual with experience and knowledge in Endocrinology to join our team at the Whittington Hospital, and work closely with the Endocrine Consultants.

The postholder will be carrying out dynamic endocrine tests and providing general advice for endocrine patients on replacement therapy.

The post is part-time, 15 hours/0.4wte, on Mondays and Thursdays

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main duties:



To have experience and an interest in caring for endocrine patients either in an inpatient or outpatient setting and be aware of the procedures and protocols surrounding the care and treatment of this group of patients.


Carry out nursing care to the highest possible standard according to Trust Policies and Practice and Clinical Guidelines.  This requires a thorough understanding of policies and guidance related to, for example, infection control, hygiene and individualised patient needs.


Be competent to undertaking dynamic pituitary and adrenal function tests (eg insulin tolerance test, glucagon stress test, synacthen test, 6-point glucose tolerance test for growth hormone measurement, growth hormone day curve, hydrocortisone day curve, water deprivation test).


To be competent to administer specific Endocrine treatments to patients (eg initiating growth hormone therapy or gonadotrophin injection therapy)


To be able to offer appropriate advice to patients requiring education with regards to specific endocrine treatments (eg sickness rules for patients with Addisons disease) and support to patients in managing their endocrine condition day-to-day


Participate in team working with nursing and medical staff and maintain effective communications between members of the multidisciplinary team. This also includes other related departments both in and out of hospital to maintain seamless care – for example liaising with district nurses and GPs.


To ensure that patients and or relatives are communicated with at all times so that they are involved with all aspects of their care.


The post holder will be able to supervise learners or healthcare assistants who are working with them and will be aware of the professional scope of practice and to know when to ask for help and advice.


To ensure that documentation is comprehensive and up to date. Documentation must be legible, signed, dated and always written in black ink.


Practice evidence-based clinical nursing taking steps to ensure that all nursing interventions are justified.  The postholder will undertake to learn methods of literature searching, gathering evidence and critical appraisal to underpin nursing practice.


Ensure that all equipment is maintained in safe working order and        demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to use the equipment safely and effectively.


Administer medications to patients on an as needed basis. This requires a thorough understanding of individual medicines, their effects, side effects and interactions. There must also be knowledge of the legislation controlling the use, storage, administration and prescription of medicines.


To carry out all care with the consent and co-operation of the patient and their relatives/carers. To ensure that patients are aware of the options open to them so that they can make informed decisions.


To be able to work with service users who do not speak English and to know how to obtain consent by the use of advocates.


Co-operating with appropriate departmental staff to ensure prompt collection and dispatch of specimens.


Maintain and participate in audit in relation to the benchmarking process/essence of care and develop action plans following audit. In particular  infection control, privacy and dignity.





Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st Level Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration qualification in endocrine
  • Independent/Supplementary Nurse Prescribing


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience in the management of endocrine pts
  • Ability to undertake investigations relating to endocrine patients independently
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work within the Disciplinary Team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Presentation skills
  • Experience of clinical audit


Essential criteria
  • Local and National Guidelines
  • Extensive knowledge in the care of endocrine patients
  • Interpretation of results
  • Understanding of clinical governance


Essential criteria
  • Relevant post registration experience in endocrinology
  • Experience of Teaching
  • Experience of caring for patients with endocrine disorders
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of formulating protocols and standards
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

ELizabeth Denver
Job title
Clinical Hypertension Nurse
Telephone number
020 7288 3765
Additional information

For more information about the post please contact Dr Michela Rossi, Lead Consultant in Endocrinology on Tel 020 7288 5219

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3762