Lymphoedema Specialist

Accelerate CIC


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Job summary

Would you like the opportunity to develop into a Specialist Nurse or Therapist? By joining Accelerate you can develop your skills and knowledge in all areas of chronic oedema management.

As an experienced community nurse or therapist, you may well have managed people with lower limb lymphoedema. Bringing your experience of this group is important but you will find that chronic oedema and lymphoedema management is so much broader; it affects all sites and conditions from facial oedema to upper arm and lower leg. You will need all your skills of creativity and compassion for this marginalised group of people. You will love to use compression therapy and will be keen to know so much more!

In Accelerate you are given time to develop and time to care properly for your patient. This will mean you will have the professional success that you seek as a clinician and to see the change you have brought to the lives of your patients.

Main duties of the job

You will be a nurse or therapist who is looking for their next stage of their career. You may not consider yourself a specialist but that does not matter! It is your inherent interest and passion that is important now! Skills can be taught; you will be keen to develop your knowledge for the benefit of your patient and team. You will have a special interest in people with chronic swelling and a keen interest in compression therapy of all kinds. You will recognise the complexity of peoples lives and wish to support people in managing this.

You will bring a positive can do mentality; being who is creative and solution focussed is critical and supports the whole team. You will enjoy teamwork and autonomy to ensure the key deliverables of this exciting role are completed and you develop. Respect and confidentiality will underpin the role alongside integrity and the ability to manage challenging situations. Being proactive and organised with excellent attention to detail is essential.

About us

Accelerate CIC is an independent not-for-profit award winning community interest company (CIC) delivering NHS community focused wound and lymphoedema services to across London. As a social enterprise we have greater control of our working environment and team ownership that benefits us all! If we see something that needs to be changed, we do it!

Our mission is to make a tangible difference to peoples lives and we are doing this daily, reaching more complex wound lymphoedema patients every year. We are a team full of energy and drive; we are so proud of all that we do! We welcome those who are enthusiastic about developing their skills with opportunities for advancing as a specialist practitioner. You will be part of a progressive and dynamic multidisciplinary team that supports, challenges and inspires change. Come and join this growing team and help us change lives!

Review the Careers Pack for information and benefits. Interested? Give us a call. Come on a visit!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description.

The role of a Specialist is to utilise your passion for your growing specialism and your enhanced skills in the care and management of complex patients in the population we serve. As a specialist you will bring creative thinking to complex issues, utilising your skills to manage a variety of situations borne out of complex psychosocial, medical or health needs. Contributing to the broader development of the service is essential so that Accelerates mission to reduce harm in this marginalised group is made visible. Thus leadership, team working and seeking creative solutions are key characteristics of this role.

The specialist nurse or therapist will be accountable to and provide direct support to the Clinical Lead. This will enable effective management of patient and team objectives whilst remaining focussed on our mission.

The purpose of the Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist in Accelerate is to

1. Provide advanced skills to the population, delivered in a thoughtful, creative and timely manner. Being solution focussed and collaborative are key features of this role.

2. Take responsibility for delivery of all aspects of the service under direction of the Delivery Lead

3. Bringing critique to internal and external systems, driving creative team work to effect positive change

4. Providing an excellent role model for junior staff; mentoring and line management as the role progresses

5. Initiating and championing individualised care that enables people to tolerate treatments and thereby improve outcomes

6. Collaborating with the Clinical Lead to deliver Quality improvement initiatives, KPIs and internal audit

7. Delivering education (internal and external) and business development with other providers.

8. Collaborating with the Business Team to deliver an effective Dressing scheme and effective use of resources with our partners

Person Specification



  • First level Registered Nurse
  • Current NMC qualification or equivalent
  • Chronic oedema Training


  • Leg ulcer management course
  • Prescribing course



  • Minimum 3 years nursing experience post qualification
  • Experience of community management
  • Clinical experience of patients with long term conditions
  • Knowledge of chronic oedema treatment and compression therapies
  • Experience of working autonomously within a team
  • Experience of teaching, formal or informal
  • Knowledge of Governance and Quality Improvement in health care
  • Experience of Electronic Records systems


  • Experience of Clinical Audit
  • Understanding of the Quality Improvement Cycle
  • Line Management
  • Cancer/palliative care knowledge and experience

Ways of Working


  • Safe practitioner with attention to detail
  • Ability to manage own work and that of others; has an organised approach to work and ability to prioritise
  • Able to work with minimal supervision in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for patients
  • Familiar with data capture in a variety of formats
  • Strong communication skills and fluent in English: written and verbal
  • Behaves professionally articulating good customer service skills
  • Flexibility in approach to work and understands team working


  • Evidence of bringing clinical leadership
  • Experience of supervision other health professionals

Personal Attributes & Aptitudes


  • Willingness to learn and implement new ideas: be creative and have the desire to progress with professional development.
  • Focussed on solutions and system change
  • Willing to undertake training and become competent in the use of modalities related to chronic oedema management
  • Excellent time management


  • Commitment to facilitating learning in others



  • Holds valid UK work permit


  • Holds current Drivers Licence and willing to use.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Accelerate CIC


Centenary Wing, St Joseph’s Hospice

Mare Street



E8 4SA

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For help with your application, contact:

Caitriona O'Neill



Date posted

11 June 2021

Pay scheme



£33,000 to £41,000 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Compressed hours

Reference number


Job locations

Centenary Wing, St Joseph’s Hospice

Mare Street



E8 4SA

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