Community Nurse – REACT – Ipswich, Suffolk

Community Nurse – REACT

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

We have a number of exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our Reactive Emergency Assessment Community Team (REACT) as a Registered Nurse. The REACT team is a multi-disciplinary integrated community service within ESNEFT incorporating OPAT (Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotics Therapy), OOHs (Out of Hours) and Virtual Ward pathways patients.

Our team delivers excellent patient focused care to patients in the East Suffolk community. Could you be a valued key member of our team? We will offer an individually tailored induction, training and support for the successful candidate.

The role involves travelling throughout East Suffolk delivering acute care in patient’s home as a part of REACT nursing team, both during core hours and out of hours. The post holder will be working in an internal rotation. The successful candidate will be expected to work early shifts, late and night shifts including weekends and bank holidays. During out of hours between 18:00-8:00 the Nurse will be accompanied with a Health Care Assistant. Pool cars are accessible for staff to use and it is essential that post holder has valid driving licence.

Main duties of the job

To assess, plan and deliver healthcare for patients, for example with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.

To work with the multidisciplinary team delivering Outpatient Parental Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) in the community to facilitate discharge from hospital or prevent unnecessary admission to hospital

To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.

To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.  

Our philosophy is that Time Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.  

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook 

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you. 

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification

Skills and Knowledge

Essential criteria

Effective observational and reporting skills

Ability to be focussed undertake patient care and input accurate data/patient records

A team player

Able to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs

IT and standard keyboard skills

Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids

Leadership Skills

Ability to provide your own transport

Desirable criteria

Admission avoidance


Essential criteria

RN Qualification (Part 1 of register) or equivalent.

Current NMC registration

Desirable criteria

Additional training courses relevant to position

Leg Ulcer Management

IV Administration / cannulation


ENB 998/mentorship preparation or equivalent

Mentorship qualification is essential for the post, but not essential at interview.

Previous experience working in the community.

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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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

Clare Cunnell
Job title
REACT Service Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
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