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Specialist nurses

We deliver a wide range of community services across Gloucestshire. Our expert specialist nurses play a vital role in ensuring our service users get the right support at the right time. This includes community clinics and home visits for those managing an ongoing health concern such as diabetes, early discharge and rehabilitation support to patients following a stroke or cardiac condition, and palliative care to those managing life limiting conditions. 

Here are some of the service you could specalist in as one of our nurses -

Bone Health

Our Bone Health Nurses help people aged 65 and over who have recently fractured a bone, and see patients who have suffered from a fragility or low impact fracture. Our specialist nurses carry out osteoporosis assessments and provide advice, treatment and referrals. They see patients in the county’s acute hospitals as well as in outpatient services across Gloucestershire.

Care Home Support Team

Our support team provides education and training to care home staff around the county, including care assistants cooks and nurses. The team is made up of therapists (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language), general nurses, mental health nurses and trainers, pharmacists, a dietician and a podiatrist.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Service  

The cardiac rehabiliataion service is made up of skilled specialist nurses, and works in partnership with a range of other organisations, including national research and charitable organisations such as the British Heart Foundation. Our nurses provide a home visiting service to patients who have had a heart attack or coronary artery bypass graft surgery.


The community diabetes specialist service supports people with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition effectively to the best of their ability.

Our nurses provide community clinics in various venues throughout Gloucestershire, home visits to the housebound or nursing home patients and will see patients at their own surgeries when appropriate.

Heart failure service

Our countywide community specialist team provides assessment for Gloucestershire residents who have suspected heart failure, providing heart scans called echocardiograms. Our heart failure specialist nurses work with patients to agree treatment and management plans. 

Home Oxygen Assessment Services

Our skilled respiratory nurses assess and support people who require oxygen at home.

Intravenous (IV) Therapy Service

The Community IV Therapy Team is a countywide service which provides intravenous (IV) therapies to patients in their own homes, community hospitals and community outpatient clinics following referral by a GP, Consultant or Specialist Nurse.

The team is made up of five highly specialised nurses and an administrator who support the district nursing teams to deliver IV therapies in the community.

The team are able to deliver a wide range of treatments including planned blood transfusion, antibiotics and fluid replacement.  The district nursing team provide antibiotic treatment in the home and in a clinical environment, with support from the IV therapy team.

Parkinson's Disease Service

Our team of specialist Parkinsons nurses offer clinical holistic reviews and provide support and education for patients and their carers. We run a number of clinics across Gloucestershire, providing caring, friendly support and expert advice for patients and their carers.

Rapid response

The Rapid Response service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide urgent care in the community.
The team is made up of advanced practitioners including community nursing, paramedic, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. From the initial point of referral, the rapid response team will visit a patient in their home within one hour. This treatment in the community reduces the strain on the emergency departments and helps prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Respiratory Team

The community respiratory team is made up of physiotherapists and nurses specialising in respiratory diseases.  We provide a personalised service to patients which is focused on individual need and a package of support.  

Tuberculosis (TB)

Our specialist nurses care for all patients diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) within Gloucestershire.  They provide advice and support to patients and their families enable them to complete their treatment.