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Community Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Staff Nurse
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
220-NRT-COM- 3541922
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Community Sites
£25,655 - £31,534 £25655 to £31534 Exclusive HCAS pa
Salary period
31/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Our District Nursing Service is forward thinking, hardworking and dynamic which we pride ourselves on. We are committed to making a difference for our patients and providing good quality care

We visit people in their own homes or residential homes, enabling them to self-manage where possible and implementing appropriate treatments and care pathways

We offer you the following:

  • On-going learning and development opportunities including leadership courses and clinical skills such as catheterisation, leg ulcer management, palliative care and intravenous medication administration
  • Full time, part-time or flexible posts available
  • Access to electric cars
  • IPADS and mobile phones
  • A comprehensive 12 month preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses in which you will be supported by clinical placement educators
  • Internal transfer opportunities

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the nursing care given to individual patients in an identified community setting, without direct supervision.  They will be personally accountable for the nursing standards of such delegated duties. They will also be responsible for demonstrating procedures to qualified and/or unqualified staff, thus facilitating learning.

They will provide evidence based care, advice and information to patients and carers enabling them to enjoy maximum independence and optimum quality of life in their own home. This includes providing quality and seamless nursing care to housebound patients and being proactive in co-ordinating their care needs as appropriate, avoiding unnecessary admission to hospital or long term care institutions. In addition, the post holder will be involved in facilitating self-care for patients with long term conditions, health promotion and innovative activities and projects that enhance patient service delivery.

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



The post holder will uphold and display the Trust values of Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

  • Plan the delivery of patient care and take responsibility for implementing and evaluating that care, using an appropriate nursing model.
  • Be accountable for own nursing practice and work unsupervised and on own initiative, but to be responsible to the Ward/Team Manager for all aspects of their work.
  • Deliver a high standard of comprehensive skilled and evidence based nursing care to patients.
  • Be responsible for a delegated caseload of patients under the guidance of the District Nurse Team Manager.
  • Contribute to, and be competent in, the assessment of needs (including for the provision of continuing care) of the clients on all matters and to provide total patient care using evidence based nursing models.
  • Be able to prioritise their own workload and of those working with them, such as learners and Healthcare Assistants. When in charge of the team, know how to delegate what staff to what duties and ensure the smooth running of the team.
  • Know how to impart news of a distressing nature to patients and relatives. This will include passing on news of a patient’s death or helping a patient/relative understand a diagnosis such as cancer.
  • Assist patients, carers and their families to identify health and well-being goals.
  • Support and empower patients, carers and their families to achieve their health and well being goals.
  • Accurately record observations and changes in clients’ conditions and report back to the responsible District Nurse Team Manager.
  • Assist in assessing and caring for patients with complex and ongoing health and social needs, self-care and health promotion.
  • Assist in planning and implementing methods of rehabilitation for patients and their carers.
  • Liaise with colleagues and other agencies, including Social Services, to ensure continuity of patient care.
  • Contribute to the integration of Whittington Health and Social Services.
  • Extend their nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training that may be required in addition to keeping up to date with professional developments.
  • Attend staff meetings and other relevant meetings.
  • Participate in research projects and/or innovations, including health promotion and chronic disease management activities.
  • Maintain accurate, contemporaneous records are kept that ensure safety and continuity of patient care.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Ensure that all appointments and interventions are recorded accurately on RIO.
  • Utilise appropriate resources in the provision of total patient care.
  • Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policy procedures legislation and NMC standards.
  • Participate in the orientation of new staff and nursing students, and act as a practice supervisor/assessor to nursing students, nursing associate students, other learners and healthcare assistants where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate practice to nursing students and other staff.
  • Undertake other relevant duties arising from the work of the Primary Health Care Team as requested by the Team Manger and/or Lead Nurse and/or Nurse Manager .




  • Participate in managing and co-ordinating the work of the junior staff, offering support and development as appropriate.
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff for the team and participate in induction and orientation programmes as appropriate.
  • Promote good communication, employment practices and relationships within the team.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Be aware of and utilise appropriate resources within the team and in the provision of total patient care.
  • Ensure that all equipment is maintained and any faults immediately reported.
  • Act as a link nurse to GPs, Social Services and other relevant professional areas as necessary.




  • Be aware of, and act in, accordance with agreed policies, procedures, legislation and NMC standards.
  • Act at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Adhere to Whittington Health policies and procedures at all times.
  • Ensure that records are kept and maintained in line with NMC guidelines, Trust record keeping and information governance policies.
  • Adhere to national and local infection control procedures and standards at all times.
  • Be willing to expand nursing knowledge/skills by undertaking further professional training, to keep up to date with professional developments and maintain a professional portfolio which supports revalidation.
  • Set appropriate objectives and review them regularly with the District Nursing Team Manager.
  • Meet regularly with the District Nurse Team Manager in order to review own performance.
  • To know how to deal with people with challenging behaviour and to know when to call for assistance when needed.
  • Take part in clinical supervision on a regular basis according to Whittington Health requirements.
  • Participate in clinical audits in order to promote the development of patient centred evidence based practice
  • Apply a problem-solving approach to practice, seeking resolution to problems with an awareness of own personal limitations of knowledge and practice.
  • Maintain high professional standards acting as a positive role model for the profession and service.
  • Be courteous and respectful to patients and colleagues including adhering to a dress code appropriate to the work situation.
  • Whittington Health is an integrated care organisation and there may be occasions where staff are required to rotate between clinical environments to meet service need. This could be on a long or short term basis.

Revalidation and Registration


It is the responsibility of all staff registered with a professional body to:

  • Act within the Professional Bodies Code of Practice
  • Maintain their own work profile to ensure revalidation standards are met, and assist junior registered staff in achieving revalidation.
  • Contribute and participate in the development of colleagues professional practice across the trust through leading ward and/or department projects, and supporting training.
  • Ensure optimum use is made of working time.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (RN 1ST Level Registration)
  • Evidence of recent training and development
  • Up to date PREP portfolio
  • Evidence of work based learning and ability to meet competencies
Desirable criteria
  • Further postgraduate certification

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Numeracy skills (in order to carry out accurate drug calculations)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Clinical/research based skills

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Commitment to 6Cs (including compassionate care) and how they underpin all nursing practice
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Frances Dillon
Job title
Lead Nurse for Band 5/Graduate Nurse Recruitment
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 3160

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5919