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Rapid Response Community Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Rapid Response Community Nurse
NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
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Derby City
Derby City
£25,655 - £31,534 pa, pro rata
Salary period
28/10/2021 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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COVID-19  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.

Job overview

Rapid Response Community Nurse

Are you an experienced Registered General Nurse or a newly qualified nurse seeking an exciting opportunity to work within a Rapid Response Nursing Team across Derby City? 

If so this opportunity is for you! 

There has never been a more exciting time to join one of the largest, specialist, community NHS providers in the country – one that is also among the very best NHS employers as voted by its own staff.

Main duties of the job

The Service is to provide acute (short term) Nursing to patients in their own homes and Residential Care Home settings, to support self care,  prevent hospital admissions and facilitate early discharge.

These empowering nursing roles within the Rapid Response team will involve you, using your clinical and leadership skills in response to:

  • Urgent and next day community nursing referrals
  • Holistic Patient Assessment and effective caseload management
  • Co-ordinating the Nursing rapid response during the shift
  • Developing your skills and knowledge in effective triage

The service is based in the community 8am till 6.30pm,  7 days a week.

Various hours are available, To enquire further please do not hesitate to contact us. 


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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The Service is to provide Community Nursing to patients in their own homes and Residential Care settings, to support self care, prevent hospital admissions and facilitate early hospital discharge.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • RGN
  • Evidence of recent relevant training
  • Evidence of community experience placement/job role
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in rapid response service.

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of research based practice
  • Understanding of the wider NHS agenda and it's impact on the community
  • Experience of working in a team
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of long term conditions

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and recording skills
  • Experience of electronic patient records
  • Evidenced of IT skills
  • Evidence of using of initiative
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to Supervise junior staff
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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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Harley
Job title
Integrated Team Lead, Rapid Response, Derby City
Email address
Telephone number
07812 671326
Additional information

Ismaa Ramzan, Integrated Community Manager, 07827 081776, 

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07741 296 478