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Tuberculosis Nurse Specialist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Nursing Services: Infectious Diseases (Tuberculosis)
NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Compressed hours
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Health
£32,306 - £39,027 Per annum excluding HCAs
Salary period
22/10/2021 23:59

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By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.



Job overview

North Central London TB Service -Whittington Health 

x1  WTE Tuberculosis Nurse Specialist posts  

The North Central London Tuberculosis (TB) Service is provided by Whittington Health. We  are a multi-disciplinary TB network  providing high quality services for people receiving TB treatment, their contacts and the wider community across the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. We are based in 3 acute sites: Whittington Health, Royal Free London -Pond Street, and North Middlesex University Hospital.
Although the  TB service is based in the outpatient setting we provide a service across the acute and primary interface. You will have the opportunity to work across the network both as part of your learning experience and in response to changing patient and service needs.


Main duties of the job

  • Prevent, treat and control TB
  • Work as part of the Tuberculosis (TB) Nursing Team to provide an accessible and responsive TB nursing service across the North Central London TB Network.
  • Facilitate high quality, individualised care to patients. their contacts and the wider community in collaboration with the multi-professional team and with other agencies, in accordance with national guidelines and locally agreed protocols.
  • Act as a case manager for a caseload of patients being treated for TB and Latent TB (LTBI).
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, children and young people, and those from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who may have complex, medical, social and psychological needs and exhibit challenging behaviour.


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

  • Manage a caseload of patients including complex cases (including adults/children and those infected with HIV/MDRTB)  requiring enhanced case management, with support from the wider TB team, to ensure high treatment completion rates.
  • Deliver up to date clinical practice and be aware of the current best standards and policies in relation to TB management and nursing practices
  • Undertake nurse led clinics offering follow up of active and LTBI cases, screening, rapid access services and advice in a variety of settings including the clinic and community.
  • To assess the likelihood of adherence before and/during treatment and coordinate/provide directly observed therapy/virtual observed therapy
  • Offer contact screening to close contacts in the community and clinic setting
  • Assist and investigate potential community TB outbreaks including risk assessment, contact identification and screening in conjunction with Public Health England.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of sustainable programmes to raise awareness and reduce stigma amongst high risk groups and those people who work with them, teachers and the public.



Person specification

Whittington Health Core Values

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate ability to meet Trust values: Innovation Compassion Accountability Respect Excellence


Essential criteria
  • First level Registered Nurse
  • Degree level or willingness to work toward
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Teaching/Mentoring course
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist TB Nursing qualification
  • Paediatric qualification/experience
  • History taking/physical assessment qualification
  • NMP Qualification

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • Sound knowledge of current nursing and health care issues
  • Ability to be self-directed but also participate as a team member
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize own workload to pressure and meet deadlines
  • IT literate
  • • Excellent written and verbal English demonstrated through written and verbal communication
  • Teaching and presentation skills

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive post registration experience with at least one year as a Band 6 in acute medicine/ community working with vulnerable adults or children. i.e. homelessness substance misuse, mental health, immigration problems
  • Awareness of key challenges in TB nursing/TB control in the UK
Desirable criteria
  • Supervising junior staff/ multi professional working
  • Evidence of service development/quality improvement project

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model demonstrating values of innovation, care, respect and pride
  • Polite, helpful and diplomatic
  • Demonstrates passion for the specialty


Essential criteria
  • Willingness to travel and work flexibly across sites
  • Willingness to work some unsocial hours
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jacqui White
Job title
Clinical Team Lead
Email address
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If you have problems applying, contact

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