Diabetes and Endocrinology registered associate practitioner

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


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Job summary

A exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Practitioner to join the Diabetes and Endocrine Team at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on a fixed term 12 month basis.

We are a growing multi-disciplinary team who are passionate about offering the best care to our patients. On average each month we see 300 inpatients with diabetes, 90 outpatients and offer telephone support for an additional 100 patients. We also support over 200 patients on insulin pumps. We provide bespoke informal and formal education and teaching to ward staff to upskill knowledge for Diabetes/Endocrine care. Our Endocrine service is a regional tertiary centre dealing with complex endocrine conditions that undertakes a large volume of dynamic function testing as well as providing education to patients on the ward diagnosed with new endocrine conditions prior to discharge.

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.

About us

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do:

You will work as a part of the diabetes and endocrine multi-disciplinary team assisting the Clinical Nurse Specialist in providing specialist nursing care to a defined group of patients with diabetes and potential endocrine conditions using clearly defined protocols.

You will undertake phlebotomy and dynamic function testing in accordance with trust protocols and guidelines under the supervision of the Specialist Nurses.

A key aspect of this role will be to deliver patient education teaching how to perform glucose monitoring and insulin administration.

Actively contribute to service development, deliver high standard of care in accordance with National and Local targets and guidelines

What were looking for:

We are looking for a motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic colleague with a passion for working within our Diabetes and Endocrine service . Previous diabetes/endocrine experience is not essential as we can provide full training and support to the successful candidate.

You will have proven experience of working in a clinical setting and be competent in observations such as oxygen saturation, weight and manual blood pressure.

In addition you will have excellent inter-personal skills allowing you to work across multi-disciplinary boundaries building good working relationships. This will also enable you to communicate with patients about their care and ongoing treatment.

Person Specification



  • Register Nursing Associate on the NMC register. OR Associate Practitioner with a health-related Foundation Degree e.g. Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care. OR Overseas nursing qualification without NMC registration. Evidence of numeracy, literacy and IT skills - minimum national qualification level 2.


  • Acute apprenticeship units as appropriate to UHS Care Group/Divisional requirements
  • Assessed as competent to administer medications.
  • Extended clinical skills e.g. venesection/cannulation.
  • Care Certificate



  • Experience of working under appropriate supervision as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of providing and receiving complex, sensitive information.
  • Knowledge of nursing procedures and practices in an acute hospital setting.


  • Supervision training e.g. TAQA.

Aptitudes and skills required


  • To work within a team, delegate and escalate in line with role and scope of practice.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own delegated workload
  • Ability to deal with non-routine and unpredictable nature of workload and individual patient contact.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, verbal and non verbal communication) with patients/relatives and carers and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop effective and appropriate relationships with people, their families, carers and colleagues.
  • Ability to support, supervise, assess (if appropriate) and act as a role model to nursing associate students, other learners and health care support workers as required within the clinical setting.
  • Able to use IT facilities/information retrieval.
  • Ability to take part in reflective practice and clinical supervision activities.

Special requirements of the post


  • Understanding of the scope of the role of the Band 4 in context of the nursing and interdisciplinary team and the organisation, and how the role may contribute to service development.
  • Knowledge of when to seek advice and escalate to the appropriate professional for expert help and advice.
  • Understanding of the importance of following procedures and treatment plans
  • For Registered Nursing Associates: Understands and acts in line with NMC professional standards for practice contained within The Code. Understand requirements for NMC professional Revalidation.

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Evidence of coping with changing work demands
  • Evidence of patience, dependability and motivation
  • Insight into how to evaluate own strengths and development needs, seeking advice where appropriate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

Employer's website

https://www.uhs.nhs.uk/home.aspx (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Paula Johnston



Date posted

11 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 4


£22,549 to £24,882 a year pa


Fixed term


12 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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