Diabetes Specialist Nursing - Service Lead

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, motivated and highly skilled diabetes nurse leader to join our integrated diabetes team. The post holder will be joining a progressive forward thinking team. The role would suit an individual who is adaptable to change and works well in a fast paced environment. There will be an expectation that you have experience working as a diabetes specialist and be able to demonstrate clinical leadership qualities We are looking for a motivated lead nurse with excellent communication skills, time management and leadership skills, who can demonstrate that they are passionate about working collaboratively with people with diabetes and their carers, as well as other stakeholders within the diabetes framework.

Main duties of the job

Act as Service Lead Nurse alongside the Community Lead Nurse.

Share responsibility for the provision of an integrated diabetes specialist nursing service to facilitate the achievement of diabetes strategic objectives within local and national agendas in diabetes management.

Act as Service Lead Nurse and work collaboratively with the on-going improvement, delivery, and evaluation of diabetes services within Stockport, in particular, focusing on the development and provision of integrated pathways.

Work as an autonomous specialist practitioner, effectively coordinating the delivery of an expert service within diabetes.

Act as lead clinician within the service, offering professional and clinical leadership to team members and other health care professional

Act as an Ambassador for the provision of diabetes care and management within the Trust.

About us

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital and community health services for children and adults across Stockport and the High Peak. Stepping Hill Hospital treats over 500,000 patients per year and community health services are run across 24 sites in Stockport.

There are many great reasons to choose to come and work at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. A dynamic integrated Trust with integrity and vision. Exactly the same qualities youll see in yourself.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust aims to be the organisation of choice for patients and an employer of choice for staff. In order to continually improve all aspects of our patient experience, we rely upon having a highly skilled, motivated, diverse, productive and patient focussed workforce.

We are constantly improving how we work with staff and this is reflected in the awards we have been awarded, which can be seen on our website.

We care

We respect

We listen

Job description

Job responsibilities

Diabetes Specialist Lead Nurse for Stockport integrated diabetes service, coordinating expert, evidence based nursing management and care for patients with diabetes across the interface of community and acute care.

Ensure the team both in the acute and community setting work in collaboration with managers, nursing, social, medical and allied healthcare professionals across primary and secondary care to improve diabetes education and understanding, expertise and subsequent care.

Develop and implement nurse-led clinics for diabetes management in primary and acute care settings, using advanced specialist skills and knowledge to ensure consistent high standards of care.

Critically evaluate and challenge current practice and processes of diabetes care and management, identifying and initiating appropriate steps to assist with innovative solutions to modernise and develop services to achieve local, Trust and National objectives.

Plan, implement, monitor and review individualised patient care plans, ensuring optimal treatment is achieved, and quality of life maintained/enhanced, advising other clinicians and GPs accordingly to improve outcomes for diabetes patients across the health economy.

Provide enhanced specialist advice, education and support to patients with diabetes, their families/ carers and other healthcare and social care professionals.

Lead on the identification, development and evaluation of clinical protocols and strategies to enhance both continuity and standards of specialist diabetes management whilst ensuring equity of access into the service via numerous pathways/ referral routes.

Work collaboratively in relation to clinical guidelines, training, research, audit and evidence based practice.

Identify actual or potential clinical risks, taking appropriate action, using when required the appropriate reporting structures, in accordance with Trust policies and guidelines. Act as lead nurse representative for the service in relation to Safety Quality Standards (SQS) meeting offering expert opinion.

Work across organisational boundaries and in conjunction with stakeholders, managers, clinical and non-clinical staff, multidisciplinary teams and agencies to promote effective care and management for patients with diabetes.

Accountable for own professional clinical decisions and actions, act as an advanced independent practitioner/ decision maker.

Person Specification



  • Portfolio reflects a career long learning experience
  • Has a track record of contributing to service development and quality improvement
  • knowledge of commisioning issues



  • At least 3 years wide experience as a diabetes nurse
  • 7 years post qualifiaction. At least 2 years as a ward manager, DN sister, or Practice Nurse


  • Experience of managing a team

Education and Qualifications


  • RGN/Adult Nurse
  • Masters Degree or working towards
  • Diabetes Nursing Qualification
  • Knowledge of Research


  • Management/Leadership training
  • Non Medical Prescriber



  • Experience of presenting at local, regional or national level
  • Ability to identify training needs and support staff
  • Ability to implement change
  • Good communication skills


  • Ability to initiate research projects
  • Strong IT skills - previous use of EMIS

work related circumstances


  • Flexible and adaptable in approach to work
  • Holds current driving licence and is car owner
  • Able to remain professional, calm and polite under pressure
  • Reflective Practitioner

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

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsgate House



Employer's website

http://www.stockport.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Alison White



Date posted

16 September 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£47,126 to £53,219 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Kingsgate House



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