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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday (7.5 hrs per shift))
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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum pro rata
Salary period
30/06/2024 08:00

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Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) band 7

NHS AfC: Band 7

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services. The £170 million development was completed in 2010 and we are continually upgrading. Construction of the new integrated critical care unit was completed in 2018, extension of a Neonatal Unit and an approved plan to build a brand new, state of the art Emergency Department which commenced in 2021

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall. Our multidisciplinary services include rapid response and homebased care, so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes.

We are recommended by colleagues as a place to work which is supported by the trusts values to work as part of a team, being respectful, compassionate and professional. We are committed to investing in our workforce

Following our recent CQC visit the Trust was rated as outstanding for care and this has been recognised by NHS Improvement. 

The work we do is highly rewarding, and in addition to an attractive salary, we offer a valuable range of benefits, including: salary sacrifice scheme; car leasing scheme; on-site staff accommodation (subject to availability); the ability to retain your NHS pension (where applicable) or the opportunity to join an alternative scheme; and the opportunity to develop and implement your expertise in an encouraging yet challenging environment

We would particularly welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and from people with a disability; these groups are currently under-represented at senior level, we value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.
COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information at COVID-19 Vaccination | How to access your vaccine in the Black Country and West Birmingham ( where you can also find out more about how to access vaccination. There is a current Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new starters may need to be vaccinated.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is proud to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant.  The Trust currently holds the Bronze Award which underlines the Trust’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces Community.  As an organisation, we are aiming to achieve the next level Silver award, with our sights firmly on Gold.





Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to expand our existing team of  Respiratory  nurses. We are seeking to recruit 2 Band 7 Asthma Specialist nurses to join our expanding team. Walsall NHS Trust is now a Tier 3 Asthma Centre working as a spoke of the Regional Severe Asthma Centre (RSAC) at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. This means monthly   participating in Regional Asthma MDT and presenting patients for initiation of biological agents. The post holder will be actively involved in the selection process, presenting at RSAC as well as initiating biological agents working closely with Respiratory Consultants and our blu-teq Pharmacists. 

The successful candidate will autonomously work as a clinical lea providing systematic assessment of patients and where able avoid hospital admission or enabling early discharges. The post holder is expected to carry out nurse led clinics, liaising with community team in providing high quality safe care to all out-patients. Working in line with NHS England Severe Asthma Service Specifications. Participating in National Asthma and COPD Audit. 




Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the effective clinical leadership of the asthma/difficult Asthma Service. Working within the Respiratory service, the post holder will work as part of the Respiratory team in delivering an effective --   Asthma service and supporting long term respiratory care.

-Review patients with severe asthma and associated conditions in nurse-led asthma clinics including new referrals to the asthma service, post-hospital discharges and patients requiring close follow-up. 

-For patients hospitalised with asthma exacerbations this includes the delivery of admission and discharge care bundles in line with the requirements of the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP) incorporating elements of education, self-management planning and inhaler technique.

The post holder will be working across a variety of hospital settings including outpatient nurse led Asthma clinics, administration of biologics for the severe asthma patients and ward areas delivering patient care and education and clinical support of staff. 

The post holder will also need to be able to work closely and collaborate with  Community Respiratory Nurses as well taking referrals from our Urgent Care Centre and Acute Medical Unit.

Working for our organisation

At Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, our values of Respect ,Compassion, Teamwork & professionalism are commitment to our colleagues and to our patients that we will support and promote a culture based on fairness, respect, honesty, and trust, ensuring that we have consistent leadership behaviours and styles across the Trust.

Our vision is to create an engaging place to work in partnership, where we value diverse perspectives and work in an environment in which you feel valued, supported, understood, and developed. Such professional relationships are built on a foundation on trust, honesty and mutual respect. We are committed to welcoming and making everyone feel valued here at WHT.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To work within an extended and expanding role, providing holistic, individualised approach for assessment, diagnosis, planning and implementation, practicing within agreed guidelines and protocols to deliver high quality patient services.
  • Initiate and develop nurse led services within defined protocols, working closely with primary care and ensuring that high standards of nursing care are set and maintained within the respiratory service, monitoring through audit, feedback and review.
  • Professionally run and coordinate a nurse led Asthma clinic providing expert advice and develop individualized treatment plans where prescribing is appropriately tailored to an accurate respiratory diagnosis.
  • Within the field of expertise, and organisational policy, request specific clinical tests to establish a diagnosis.
  • Coordinate the severe asthma biologic clinic and attend the joint severe asthma clinic with the Respiratory Asthma lead. Linking up with ED to monitor and review frequent attendees and providing outpatient reviews for all ED attendees and hospital inpatients at 4 weeks as per the guidelines.
  • Assist hospital staff in the provision of oxygen prescriptions by patient assessment and work closely with the local HosAR to ensure adherence to national best practice standards and protocols.
  • To conduct an outpatient clinic for patients with Bronchiectasis and provide education and care liaising with physiotherapists in primary and secondary care and providing sputum monitoring in line with evidenced based standards and national guidelines.
  • Continue to provide the best evidenced based care for patients with Asthma and liaise with other tertiary sites and primary care to develop local services and optimum care in hospital and the community.
  • To provide quality care to patients with Severe Asthma whilst in hospital and continue the excellent links between secondary and primary care together providing a seamless journey within the Walsall respiratory service. Participating in the acute respiratory virtual ward MDT each morning with members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • To comply with the NACAP requirements by the means of audit of Asthma & COPD admissions. To tailor care as per recognised evidence-based recommendations. To work towards KPI achievement in national benchmarking.

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibilities.

  • Practice as a professional nurse with confidence, authority and expertise, and promote professionalism within the respiratory nursing team. To have advanced leadership skills.
  • Undertakes staff appraisals yearly and ensure all staff have agreed objectives, personal development plans and are compliant with mandatory training.
  • Actively be involved with service development within the respiratory service.
  • To undertake audit and produce service reports to disseminate amongst staff and in the monthly respiratory service meetings.
  • To professionally coordinate a respiratory nurse budget and have awareness of effective use of resources and cost implications demonstrated by optimising staff rotas and effective use of stationery / equipment within the service.
  • Participate in the update and continual assessment of clinical protocols and policies for the diagnosis, treatment and management of respiratory patients.
  • Be able to prioritise own workload daily with excellent administration skills and coordinate the respiratory nurse team.
  • Recognise areas of conflict and manage this and promote a healthy working environment.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RGN Degree level
  • min 3 years working as band 6 as a respiratory CNS
Desirable criteria
  • evidence of master level study


Essential criteria
  • NMP
Desirable criteria
  • working towards NMP


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of leading respiratory service or of within the field of respiratory
  • evidence of managing and or supporting a small team as band 6 level
Desirable criteria
  • Some evidence on managing Respiratory ward

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Ly Fletcher
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[email protected]
Telephone number
01922 721172
Additional information

Please contact Consultant Dr M Matonhodze, SSR H Sheemar or matron Ly Fletcher for further information

Ext 3127

Please contact Respiratory secretaries on 01922 721172 Ext 7450 or [email protected] to arrange an appointment/meeting with the team.


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