Job Description

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.

Job overview


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic Band 5 to join our team as a community nurse. The area covers Taunton and surrounding villages and is based at Parkgate in Taunton.

As a community nurse you will be responsible for looking after patients that are housebound, It will involve: End of life care, wound/ leg ulcer treatment and catheter care and much more.

The team covers seven days a week between the hours of 8am-10pm.

Support and training will be given


Main duties of the job


Working autonomously within the community.

Visiting patients in their own home.

Variety of treatments and skills performed.


Working for our organisation


As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centers like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Effective Communication


·       Communicate effectively with individuals, their families, carers and health/social care practitioners using a range of styles and ensuring information remains confidential at all times.


·       Handle information (record, report and store information) related to individuals in line with local and national policies.


·       Communicate both routine, complex and sensitive information to patients/relatives and colleagues.


·       Facilitate good partnership working with other departments and agencies to enhance multidisciplinary team working.


·       Participate and organise meetings as and when required, which have a clear purpose and outcome.


·       Respond appropriately in line with Information Governance to referrals, enquiries and requests as required.


·       Use the Trust electronic patient record and other IT systems appropriately in line with Trust guidance.


Key Relationships:


·       Patients, relatives, carers and the public

·       Community and Mental Health Teams

·       Managers

·       Professional Leads

·       Team colleagues

·       Social Services

·       Primary Care colleagues

·       Medical colleagues

·       Care Agencies

·       Voluntary Sector

·       Advocacy

·       External relationships with other agencies and Acute NHS Trusts


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