Trainee Intestinal Failure and Nutrition Specialist Nurse

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
November 30, 2022
Offerd Salary:£33,706 - £40,588
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Trainee Intestinal Failure and Nutrition Specialist Nurse Band 6

Main area

Intestinal Failure Unit


Band 6




  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Minimum 30 hours

    Job ref



    Southampton General Hospital




    £33,706 - £40,588 pa or pa pro rota

    Salary period



    30/11/2022 23:59

    Interview date

    Job overview

    Are you thinking about your next career steps? How about embarking on a clinical nurse specialist pathway with a tailored education package to meet your individual needs? Our nationally recognised Intestinal Failure Unit, at University Hospitals Southampton (UHS) is seeking a registered nurse, ideally with Band 6 leadership experience, who has an interest in Nutrition and Intestinal Failure (IF) and the complexities in caring for this patients group, to join our specialist team.

    The IF unit has 17 inpatient beds which accommodates patients with the varying categories of intestinal failure, whilst also supporting a cohort of patients within the community with home care providers. As a wider team we value our patient feedback which has included the team going “above and beyond”, “feel safe”, “caring”, “understood my feelings”, “time to listen” and are extremely proud of the care we deliver and the outcomes we achieve.

    Main duties of the job

    Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

    For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

    Working for our organisation What we can offer you

    As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

    All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

    Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

    This crucial role is instrumental in supporting patients with intestinal failure throughout their care trajectory, especially during their transition from inpatient to outpatient care. The post holder will be responsible for assessing and training patients to become self-caring with their intravenous support and liaising directly with our community partners in order to provide a seamless clinical delivery from tertiary to primary care. The post is an integral part of the MDT, co-ordinating patient pathways in order to reduce length of stay and prevent readmissions, whilst providing optimal evidence based care for patients with intestinal failure.

    You would be joining a forward thinking, values based, established multidisciplinary team who always achieve putting the patients at the centre of their care. This privileged role is predominately needed throughout the working week, working alongside both Colorectal Surgeons and Gastroenterologists specialising in Intestinal Failure. The consultant team is positively supported by designated psychologists and psychiatrist, dietetics and pharmacy teams, physio and ward team along with other nurse specialists within the care group and wider organisation.

    What we're looking for

    The service is looking for someone with relevant experience in caring for patients with gastrointestinal conditions who understand the complex nature associated with managing long term conditions. The successful applicant will need to possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate practical patient education and successfully discuss issues / concerns with a wide variety of people. You will need to demonstrate flexibility and innovation in the way you work, providing a strong visible and approachable presence for patients, their families, staff and carers

    We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this unique vacancy with you so please contact us for further information. Informal visits are strongly encouraged.

    Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Monday, 12 December 2022

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC register
  • Degree qualification, 120 credits at L6 or possess an equivalent knowledge to be assessed through evidence of relevant specialist training, experience or portfolio
  • Post registration qualification within area of speciality
  • Completion of all Band 5 (preceptorship) competencies
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice or evidence assessed to be of equivalent experience, demonstrating support to a range of learners in practice
  • Supporting a range of learners in practice
  • Supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
  • Desirable criteria
  • Registered on MSc Pathway – completion of HTPA Competencies
  • Counselling qualification
  • Palliative care course
  • IT training
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Extensive post registration experience within specialist area.
  • Knowledge of current issues within the acute health service
  • Understanding of personal accountability.
  • Desirable criteria
  • Change Management, clinical practice development.
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Interest in nurse –led care
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Confident of own knowledge base, aware of learning needs and seeks guidance when appropriate
  • Able to critically review and communicate clinical information.
  • Good communication with patients/clients and professionals.
  • Able to organise own workload.
  • IT skills
  • Desirable criteria
  • Negotiation skills
  • Awareness of own leadership skills/style
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Interests/activities indicating teamwork, leadership, stress management.
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Ability to work across multiple sites with reasonable adjustments
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexibility to attend evening meetings/clinics if required, by prior arrangement
  • Desirable criteria
  • Organisational/strategic awareness
  • Clear about professional accountability and autonomous practice components of role.
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges 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
  • Job Description (PDF, 577.7KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 333.0KB)
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