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Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse - Band 7

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Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucester, Cheltenham
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
22/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse  (DSN)

Band 7

37.5 hours /WTE 1 

Are you an experienced diabetes specialist nurse who is looking to develop into a senior role? If you want the opportunity to not only be a clinical expert in your field, but also lead on/influence the future workforce plan and strategic vision for the service.

Working alongside our multidisciplinary team you will play an essential role within the Diabetes Clinical Programme Group across the Gloucestershire Integrated Care System.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an established Insulin Pump Centre, and we also deliver a joint Antenatal /Diabetes service as well as Adolescent Transition care and support.

We deliver a range of education programmes to patients, carers and NHS colleagues in secondary and primary care.

Come and join our dynamic team and not only deliver fantastic care, but also lead and develop your team in the post-COVID era.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will lead the Diabetes Specialist Nurse team providing care for In-patients and Outpatients with Diabetes across both Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospital sites.

As a senior nurse you will lead on nursing issues for the diabetes service, you will hold NMC registration (RN). Experience in diabetes management including holding a non-medical prescribing qualification, is essential in this post to deliver the role.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Manage a caseload of patients in addition to providing management support to the team.
  • Demonstrate evidence based practice in line with current research and guidelines
  • Communicate effectively within the specialty team to ensure cohesive multidisciplinary patient care management.
  • Lead on the implementation of a trust wide education programme across both inpatient wards and in outpatients to upskill clinical teams.
  • Participate in the Diabetes Clinical Programme Group (CPG) to shape the integrated care model for Diabetes of the future.
  • Lead on workforce planning within the service to consider future hybrid and extended roles for staff.

Working for our organisation

You will be working as a senior leader within established multidisciplinary team that includes Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs), Dietitians, Consultants, and Podiatrists.

We will offer opportunities for development in clinical skills, leadership, and pathways within secondary care. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See attached JD 

For further information please contact:- Susan Macklin (Deputy Divisional Director of Quality & Nursing – Medicine) via Laura Barratt, Acting Personal Assistant on  or via telephone (0300 422 5173).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council
  • Degree, Specialist courses to Master’s level equivalent or relevant clinical experience
  • Teaching/assessing qualification


Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience in diabetes care and relevant experience as a band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist within Diabetes Care

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Expert knowledge and clinical skills relevant to the Speciality: Specialist training essential including pump therapy and Non-Medical Prescribing.
  • Up to date, expert knowledge of Diabetes management including proficiency in the use of digital technology
  • Evidence of personal and professional development progression through portfolio
  • Advanced IT skills that include the use of hospital IT systems and patient portals

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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

Susan Macklin via Laura Barratt
Job title
Deputy Divisional Director of Quality & Nursing
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 5173