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Community Nurse

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Community Nursing is entering a period of exciting transformation and innovation to protect the future service we provide for our patients and sustainability of the NHS. In Line with the NHS Long Term Plan and People Plan 2021, Community Nursing Services will be expanding and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of the NHS. Community Nursing provides holistic patient centred care for patients who are housebound, usually with complex, chronic and long-term conditions. Nursing for these patients required sound clinical knowledge and competence to provide sound independent judgement.

The work Community Nurses do is hugely varied so your portfolio of clinical skills can grow in complex and advanced nursing competence. Our core work includes Palliative care, supporting people at home with complex and long-term conditions, administering medications, advanced tissue viability and vascular access.

We work closely with the wider community MDT to promote admission avoidance and empowering patients to stay at home to receive their nursing care. We work very closely with our GP, Hospice, Physio and Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Voluntary and Urgent Care Services.

Community Nursing prides itself on providing a great work life balance with business hours working, in a friendly and supportive environment. Your wellbeing and development are important to us. We can offer learning and development opportunities and flexible working to meet your personal and development needs.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role: 

We currently have the opportunity to offer a substantive (permanent) contract for 22.5 hours per week. We are looking for passionate, dynamic and inspired nurses to join us. For more information please read the Job Description and Person Specification to meet the needs of this role.

Our Community Nursing teams are based in Exeter to the South and West of the city. You will be based in a team of Community Nurses who a specific geographical area but at times will need to support patients across the whole city of Exeter. It is therefore vital you are an adaptive and flexible worker throughout the day. You are expected to work occasional weekends as we provide a 7-day service but this during the core business hours of the day.  

You will start the day with the support of the daily virtual hub (including all the nursing teams in your cluster) to plan an effective and safe list of patient visits for the day. Then you meet later with your nursing team at patient safety handover to support each other through any concerns or advice for patient treatments or conditions as a team. Both of which are integral to our day to ensure staff work safely and within their own skill set and expertise.

The rest of your working day you could be lone working or supervising Unregistered or Student Nurses through their clinical skills, patient risk assessments and documentation. Newly appointed staff will be provided with a comprehensive induction into Community Nursing and will work alongside other nursing staff to ensure they are supported into the post robustly.

Staff are supported with supervision both in team meetings or a one to one basis. This is also integral to our work and considered a priority to support staff at work both to develop professionally but also to support your health and wellbeing and provide a safe environment to discuss professional matters.

If you work with us there are plenty of opportunities for training and acquiring qualifications. This can either be modular based academic work, clinically focused and related to the role, leadership qualifications or the Specialist Nurse Practitioner Qualification at Master's level over two years. This qualification is a great development opportunity, is registered with the NMC and includes studying for the Independent Supplementary Prescriber qualification.

Key responsibilities of Community Nurses are:

  • To assess, provide and review nursing care, advice and information to patients and carers within the home environment or appropriate care setting in line with key knowledge and skills
  • Aim to wherever possible maintain patients in their own preferred place of care, enabling them to maximise their independence and optimise their quality of life.
  • To work under the direction of the Specialist Nurse (Community) and the Nurse Team Manager (Community) using skills and knowledge as a competent Registered Nurse.
  • To be expected to hold a designated caseload and deputise in the absence of the Specialist Nurse.
  • Continue your professional development through additional training and education
  • Support Unregistered team members and Student Nurses through there development by sharing clinical and leadership knowledge and skills

You must be a car driver and have use of a car. A mileage allowance is as per Agenda for Change. Currently, in all bases there is free parking however, this may be open to change.

Newly qualified staff are welcome to apply or students of nursing expecting to complete their study this year.

Nurse Associates will be considered but would be paid as per Agenda for Change for Band 4 salary. This group of staff would be excluded from the Specialist Nurse Practitioners opportunities but professional development will be encouraged.

Our Nursing teams are locally based at the following location across our cluster;

  • St Thomas- Osprey House, Sowton
  • Pinhoe- Osprey House, Sowton
  • Topsham- Glasshouse GP practice, Topsham
  • Ide and Exminster- Westbank Healthy Living Community Centre, Exminster
  • Community Nursing Centre- Exeter Community Hospital, Whipton

Working Pattern:  22.5 hours per week (part time). Hours worked across a seven-day working week to include weekends. 

Interview Date: TBC

For further information please contact: Libby Vincent, Community Nurse Team Manger at

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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