Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Children's registered nurse to join as Diabetic Specialist Nurse.

We are looking to recruit an experienced band 7 Diabetes Specialist Nurse to provide inpatient as well as outpatient paediatric diabetic care at West Middlesex Hospital. We are seeking an individual who shares our vision and values and who will provide expertise both inpatient and outpatient care.

Renowned for our excellence in Paediatric care, we are part of the North West London Paediatric Network which has consistently grown over the past few years. We utilise the latest technology when providing specialised care for our children and Young People. Our recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) feedback 2017 rated our service as 'excellent 'in care.

You will be working with diabetic patients ensuring nurses and carers are trained and competent to deliver care required. You will be expected to devise an individual holistic detailed care plans which are regularly evaluated in accordance with need.

This is a fabulous opportunity to be an integral part of the amazing nursing services we offer our patients and to make real difference to the lives of our patients, carers and colleagues.

Main duties of the job

What we need from you

  • Current Children's Nursing registration to practice
  • Previous knowledge and experience working in similar role or in complex Children's care settings
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to be able to train clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Participate in the on-call rota and multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Be a member of regional/local team and attend and contribute to team meetings
  • Respond to and investigate clinical complaints, in line with policy and risk management
  • Maintain clinical updates and evidence of Post registration Education Portfolio
  • You will contribute to the on-going implementation of the Trusts nursing and corporate objectives, developing the service and nursing roles to meet the evolving needs of patients and their families.

What you can expect from us

Support from a large organisation will include;

  • Comprehensive induction to the role supported by manager, peers and mentors
  • Ongoing training , to support your personal and professional development
  • Assess to training
  • Support with revalidation
  • Reflected meetings and clinical supervision

About us

We provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff say they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

In 2020 Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as Outstanding in the well-led and use of resources domains and Good in the safe, effective, caring, and responsive domains. The Trust as a whole was good, but the Chelsea site was Outstanding.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around £10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending £25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children's unit at West Middlesex - in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Key Responsibilities

  1. Clinical / direct care practice

1.1. To receive referrals within the specialty from the health care team and respond to requests for expert advice and guidance.

1.2. To work within an agreed job plan to meet service needs which should be reviewed annually

1.3. To conduct holistic assessment and providing supervision & guidance to colleagues in skilled history taking, physical examination, observation and ordering, conducting and interpreting relevant tests and investigations

1.4. To work in collaboration with the multi professional team, contributing expert, evidence based knowledge and skills to relevant aspects of the patients care and treatment.

1.5. To maintain boundaries of own practice within agreed guidelines and protocols, use professional judgment in managing complex and unpredictable situations and seek guidance from other relevant experts

1.6. To address patients risk factors and health promotion needs through comprehensive assessment of individuals for risk factors and early signs of illness.

1.7. To builds an environment of trust and rapport, enabling patent empowerment in their healthcare and acting as an advocate for the patient in treatment decisions and choices

1.8. To draw upon an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources to ensure that patients receive appropriate services, making referrals to other professions and services as appropriate

1.9. To use effective communication and interpersonal skills to provide information, explanation and reassurance to patients and families.

1.10. To plan and conduct appropriate follow up, closure or transition of care for the patient

1.11. To maintain accurate and contemporaneous records of patients assessment, care and treatment

2.0 Leadership and Collaborative Practice

2.1 To provide advice, guidance and support to own and other professions to enable best practice in care and treatment within area of expertise

2.2. To work collaboratively with colleagues, patients and families to seek their views and to develop and improve practice and the service

2.3. To continually evaluate and develop own role and competencies to meet the evolving needs of patients and the service

2.4. To develop networks and collaborative working across professional, and organizational boundaries to develop, integrate and coordinate care

2.5. To support and contribute to delivering the wider Trust agenda as directed by the Chief Nurse and the Trust Senior Nursing and Midwifery Council

2.6 To participate and contribute to National objectives

3.0 Improving Quality and Developing Practice

3.1 To develop valid and reliable methods to continually evaluate and audit own practice and service outcomes, identifying, interpreting and acting on audit outcomes

3.2. To maintain records of activity including clinical coding, maintain appropriate documentation and participate in audit of documentation, clinical activity and outcomes

3.3. To use and develop information systems to support decision making and improve care

3.4. To maintain knowledge of contemporary epidemiological, demographic, social, political and professional factors relevant to the specialist area of practice.

3.5. To use a reflective and questioning approach to practice, identifying potential opportunities for clinical or service changes

3.6 To maintain awareness and application of relevant research and evidence based practice relating to area of clinical expertise and profession practice

3.7 To identify and responds to gaps in evidence and/or practice knowledge, and to contribute/lead in research / audit/ practice development.

3.8 To enable the sharing of new knowledge and developments with others

3.9 To facilitate and enable change at individual and team levels to improve practice and health outcomes, monitoring and evaluating the impact of resultant changes in practice.

3.10. To continually assess, monitor and act on risks in own and others practice through risk assessment

3.11. To ensure the appropriate and effective use of resources to ensure both cost effectiveness and quality.

3.12. To participate in business and service development including activity and income generation

4.0 Developing Self and Others

4.1 To participate in review of own practice with colleagues from own and other professions thorough case review and clinical supervision

4.2 To develop and provide patient education and information which is appropriate and responsive to individual needs and level of development.

4.3. To participate in the development of evidence based protocols, standards, policies and clinical guidelines

4.4. To evaluate knowledge and practice, identifying learning opportunities and continuing development through appraisal and personal development planning

4.5.To maintain a personal portfolio illustrating evidence of competence and continuing development

4.6 To supports colleagues in their learning and application of theory to practice through assessment, teaching and clinical supervision

4.7 To contribute to wider education and development programmes in external organizations

4.8. Contribute to the dissemination of knowledge through publication and presentation


  • Ensure all communication, which may be complex, contentious or sensitive, is undertaken in a responsive and inclusive manner, focusing on improvement and ways to move forward.
  • Ensure all communication is presented appropriately to the different recipients, according to levels of understanding, type of communication being imparted and possible barriers such as language, culture, understanding or physical or mental health conditions

These duties are not exhaustive and will be reviewed with the post holder, allowing for amendments within the broad scope and band level of the role

Person Specification



  • Ability to work automously and within a multidisciplinary team


  • Active participant of the Diabetes network

Education and Qualification


  • Registered Nurse with current UK registration
  • Evidence of ongoing continuous professional development within the Paediatric area linked to demonstrable clinical competence
  • Assessing mentoring qualification, good written and verbal skills
  • Relevant qualification in Paediatric diabetes care
  • Excellent managerial, leadership and organisational skills
  • Sound knowledge of the principles and practice of specialist care
  • Ability to manage change, both personally and as a facilatator
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Awareness of current NHS issues and appreciation in the issues surrounding governance and quality initiatives


  • Degree in nursing
  • Non medical Prescribing qualification
  • Experience of Research and Audit
  • Ability to lead change/innovations in specialist practice

Skills and knowledge


  • Understanding of resource management, health and safety, clinical risk and quality

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

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex University hospital

Twickenham Road



Employer's website

https://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Melanie Guinan,



Date posted

11 February 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum incl HCAS



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

West Middlesex University hospital

Twickenham Road



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