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Community Sister/Charge

Job Description

Livewell Southwest is an award winning provider of NHS health and social care services in Plymouth and NHS community health services in South Hams and West Devon. Quality care is at the heart of our philosophy to help keep people safe, well and at home.

A leader in integrated care, we continue to innovate our services into multidisciplinary teams shaped around our localities. As a social enterprise, we offer excellent terms and conditions and future career development opportunities. Our locations offer an exciting work life balance, with Dartmoor and glorious beaches on the doorstep and Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City offering culture and excellent travel links.

Are you a Registered Nurse looking for a new role? Livewell Southwest, one of the most exciting organisations in Health & Social Care, is seeking enthusiastic Registered Nurses to join its District Nursing Service to deliver care in and around the city of Plymouth. You will have the opportunity to work alongside a wide range of multi-disciplinary team(s) in a culture based on compassion and empathy, respect and dignity.

We are seeking registered practitioners who possess recent clinical experience in a community setting. (We also offer a ‘Return to Practice’ scheme).

Livewell Southwest is a social enterprise, one of the largest in the UK delivering health and social care services. As an organisation, we are gaining national and international attention for the work that we do, providing a unique and growing range of services in the South West of England.

We are part of the NHS family but our social enterprise status means we are an ‘employee-led’ organisation, offering a flexible and fulfilling workplace with a range of competitive benefits for staff. We also benefit from being based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, offering an unparalleled lifestyle between Dartmoor and the sea, excellent quality schooling, culture and arts and attractive, well-priced housing stock.

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to Bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in Bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation packages can be considered for the right candidate

Rewards and benefits

  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions – often up to 15% savings
  • NHS Pension Scheme and competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows
  • Fleet car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • School holiday childcare subsidies
  • Multiple flexible working options
  • Please note that this post may attract an additional recruitment package:

We pride ourselves on the quality of care that we deliver and, in order to ensure we continue to achieve this, we are offering a recruitment premium of up to £5,000 for experienced, motivated and passionate nurses that share our values and principles.

In order to qualify, we ask that you commit to Livewell Southwest for a minimum period of 2 years’ following appointment. Please note that this only applies to new employees of Livewell Southwest.

*Livewell Southwest are pleased to announce that we can now allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.*

Job share(s) are considered.

Please be advised to thoroughly read all recruitment documentation to ensure you are fully aware of the post's requirements and to judge whether you meet the essential criteria.

Note for internal applicants:
Applications must not be submitted by internal applicants who are currently subject to the (informal or formal) poor performance, absence management Stage 2, or disciplinary procedures or have extant warnings (including verbal) for misconduct; without prior permission of the Head of Human Resources.

Please refer to Livewell Southwest's Terms & Conditions of Employment with regard to declaring a disability.

Livewell Southwest reserves the right to withdraw an advertised post at anytime.

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Please note all new appointments will be subject to a six months probationary period.

All on-line information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Recruitment Team via (01752) 435223 or ( Email address removed ).

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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