Senior Community Nurse

The closing date is 3rd Mar 2024

Job summary

Community Nursing -- bringing the hospital to our patient's home.

Solent NHS Trust is looking for an inspirational registered nurse to work at Band 6 level as a Community Sister. Community Nurses work autonomously and as part of a team and care is delivered in the patient's own home environment (including residential care) and designated treatment rooms. Our nurses are responsible for a manageable caseload, working across the city ensuring our patients are receiving the best quality care from the comfort of their own homes and thereby avoiding hospital admission.

Solent's Community Nursing is much wider than the nursing team. We work alongside our colleagues within Social Care, our Internal Safeguarding Team, specialist services (both within Solent and external providers) to ensure our patients are provided with the care they require. Working collaboratively enhances staff development but also ensures that our patients are at the heart of everything we do.

You will work within a team that is based at either Bitterne Health Centre, The Royal South Hants Hospital or Broadcast House (by The Western Community Hospital) all located in Southampton. Our working patterns are across a 7 day week. Our core shifts are 0830 - 1630 and 1400 - 2200 hours, but we are open to discussing this. There is also a requirement that you will work 1 in 4 weekends as well as bank holidays. Your job has to work around you too so let's talk about how we can get this right for you and our patients.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Although a lone worker, you will be supported by an experienced and nurturing team who are available to allow you to develop your existing skills. You will be provided the training you require to maintain and develop your clinical skills. This will be achieved by attending appropriate training and working with our Educators in Practice and other staff within the team.

Solent's Community Nursing Service work with adults who need support for a multitude of health conditions. These include:

*Long term conditions management

*Acute wounds and complex wound care

*Palliative and end of life care, including bereavement support

*Facilitating discharge from hospital, including drain management, administration of prophylactic medication

*Continence care, including all types of catheter care and bowel care

*PICC line management

*Administration of a variety of medications via different routes

In addition to this as a Band 6 Community Sister you will be expected to:

*Shift co-ordinate, in core hours and out of hours

*Allocate the workload for the whole team

*Supervise staff, including 1:1's and appraisals

*Attend MDT meetings, Virtual Ward

*Often be the first clinician to help address complaints from patients and/or their family/carers

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

Join our 7 staff networks:





Multi Faith

Black, Asian, and minority ethnic


Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defence against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Level 1 Registered Nurse

Degree or equivalent

Relevant post graduate qualification (or working towards)

Teaching and Assessing in Practice/Mentorship

Post registration Course e.g. rehabilitation, Chronic disease management, Palliative care, History taking, Community nurse specialist


Nurse prescriber



Substantial experience of working with vulnerable adults with complex presentation

Significant range of relevant healthcare experience in either hospital or community setting including working autonomously

Supervision and training of others e.g. staff, students

Working within a multi-disciplinary team

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 Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Sarah Stephens 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 6 


£35392.00  to £42618.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Western Community Hospital -Broadcast 
William Macleod Way 
SO16 4QE 


This vacancy is closed to applications.