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Nurse Associate

NHS AfC: Band 4

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Learning Disabilities
NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (rotational)
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£22,549 - £24,882 pa, pro rata
Salary period
19/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

Nursing Associates are equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours relevant to employment as a Nursing Associate.

Nursing Associates will adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Associates and work within their scope of practice following the professional standards of practice and behaviours for nurses, midwives and nursing associates and the standards of proficiency for nursing Associates.

The Nursing Associate will contribute to the health and wellbeing of our patients. 

Integral to this role is the ability to communicate effectively, with sensitivity and compassion and to manage relationships with people, making reasonable adjustments where necessary.

The overriding purpose of the role of Nursing Associate is to support the provision of the highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement.

Main duties of the job

  • Act in the best interest of the patients and their family;
  • Put people first and provide nursing care that is person centred, safe and compassionate;
  • Act professionally at all times in line with the organisation’s values and behaviours;
  • Use the knowledge and experience to make evidence-based decisions and solve problems;
  • Recognise and work within the limits of their competence as defined by the NMC standards of proficiency for Nursing Associates;
  • Be able to identify own role boundaries;
  • Be responsible for own actions and omissions and escalate concerns appropriately.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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This is an exciting new role within the Specialist Services Division, we are looking for exceptional people to join our team.  if you feel you are looking for a new challenge, wish to develop in your career or just try something different then we are keen to hear from you. 

  • Support patients to improve and maintain their mental, physical, behavioural health and wellbeing;
  • Actively be involved in the prevention of and protection against disease and ill health and the promotion of wellbeing;
  • Engage in the public health agenda, community development and in the reduction of health inequalities.
  • Provide compassionate, safe and effective care and support to patients and service users in a range of care settings;
  • Monitor the condition and health needs of people within their care on a continual basis in partnership with patients, families and carers and other health professionals.
  • Contribute to ongoing assessment recognising when it is necessary to refer to others for reassessment within the boundaries of confidentiality;
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with colleagues, providing clear verbal, non-verbal, digital or written information and instructions when sharing information, delegating or handing over responsibility of care;
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to a patient/ service user whose condition is deteriorating.
  • Work within own competence.
  • Improve the quality of care by contributing to the continuous monitoring of patient’s/service users experience of care;
  • Identify risks to safety or experience and take appropriate action, putting the best interests, needs and preferences of patient’s/service user first.
  • Contribute to the provision of care for patients/service user, including those with complex needs;
  • Understand the roles of a range of professionals and carer from other organisations and settings who may be participating in the care of a patient/ service user and their family;
  • Understand responsibilities in relation to communication and collaboration.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nursing Associate on the NMC register;
  • Understand the scope of the role of the Nursing Associate in the context of the service and the organisation, and how the role contributes to service development;
Desirable criteria
  • post registration experience


Essential criteria
  • Placement experience working within the 4 fields of nursing
  • Demonstrate a desire to work within OPMH or LD services
  • Able to recognise own limitations in the context of the Nursing Associate role;
  • Experience of working in teams under appropriate supervision as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
Desirable criteria
  • previous experience within the speciality
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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

krissie sadler-brough
Job title
Operational Service Line Manager
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Telephone number
01246 515559