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Diabetes Specialist Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
Full and part time hours available
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
22/03/2023 23:59

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

This is an opportunity to join the diabetes specialist nurse team at the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The aim of the department is to provide patients with a high standard of care with a view of improving both health and quality of life.

The Diabetes specialist nurses work across three different teams supporting patients seen in the diabetes centre, inpatients and out in the community. This role will predominantly support patients in the community either undertaking nurse led clinics in GP surgeries or in their homes however, there will be opportunities to work with the other teams. The role would also involve giving group education to patients but also teaching to practice nurse’s and GP’s. 

Main duties of the job

Working autonomously undertaking nurse led clinics within a variety of settings including GP surgeries, patients own homes, care homes and telephone clinics. Undertaking one to one education but also group education to improve patient’s knowledge to assist them to make informed decisions about their diabetes care. Working closely with practice nurses and GP’s to identify gaps in knowledge and deliver training where required. Supporting patients with lifestyle choices and dietary requirements to make better decisions to improve their health. This role can allow for career furthering opportunities including but not restricted to independent nurse prescribing which will allow you to change and prescribe medications with the aim to improve patients’ diabetes and overall health.  

Working for our organisation

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The following skills and experience will be required and are essential for the successful candidates:


  • Implement Trust and Directorate evidence-based procedures, policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Contribute to local policy making within the agreed Trust strategy.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Trust in professional and trust business settings.
  • Develop policies and procedures for nursing practice for patients with diabetes.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Work in accordance with Trust and Directorate Diabetes Management guidelines and help to develop these where necessary.
  • With the Senior Diabetes Nurse assess the training needs of nursing staff within the team and ensure these needs are met.
  • To participate in clinical audit and clinical governance at Directorate and Trust level.

Clinical role

  • To provide ongoing advice, information and emotional support to clients with diabetes and their relatives and carers.
  • To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate educational needs and programmes for clients and their relatives/carers.
  • Initiate treatment for diabetes for those patients with poor glycaemic control under the guidance of the medical team, or nurse prescriber.
  • Give dose adjustment/titration advice for patients to be able to continue self-management, or to other prescribing healthcare staff.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register
  • ENB 928 or equivalent
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Independent Nurse Prescribing
  • Have, or be working towards a relevant Degree qualification

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldStonewall Health ChampionsMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerArmed Forces CovenantStep into healthNHS Pastoral CareWe offer Wagestream - A financial wellbeing benefit which lets you access your pay as you earn it.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sophie Painter
Job title
Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse Facilitator
Email address
Telephone number
07783 171722