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Specialist Discharge Nurse

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Registered Nurse to join our fantastic Integrated Discharge Team as a Specialist Nurse dealing with diverse discharges and working collaboratively with external partners.

This is a really good opportunity for either an existing band 6 nurse or an experienced band 5 nurse to join the wider Integrated Discharge Team and learn a whole new set of skills.

Working as part of the Integrated Discharge Team you will be responsible for identifying and resolving discharges issues, supporting the implementation of discharge to assess, with a home first ethos, whilst managing a team of ward-based Discharge Co-ordinators.

After a period of comprehensive induction, you will work with support of members of our own teams and external partners to achieve not only timely but also appropriate safe discharges.

You will also be involved in completion of D2A3 assessments and Fast Track assessments to support discharge.

As the age demography of Norfolk is weighted towards the elderly, many of our discharges will involve liaising with local care homes and community teams to ensure our patients can get ongoing support on the appropriate discharge pathway.

You will also have patients who require complex support to facilitate their safe discharge. This will entail engagement and coordination with multiple external agencies.

Part time: 32 hrs per week

Advert closing: 31st May 2023

Interview date: 12th June 2023

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced nurse with a level-head who is aware of the operational pressures of a large acute hospital.

Communication is key. We are looking for someone who can in a professional manner effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of people to achieve the best outcome.

We are patient-centred and our goal is to deliver quality, timely and safe discharge

In addition, we want to appoint someone who has experience either in current or previous roles in managing expectations and resolving conflict and can demonstrate this ability.

Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills are a must for this role as you will be working with a caseload of patients who each require individual planning which will involve any number of external partners.

The role also includes collating, analysing and reporting on data generated from daily monitoring of delayed discharges. We are looking for someone who can utilise this information to inform decision making and identify areas for improvement.

Most importantly and in keeping with our Trust's PRIDE values, we are looking for someone who has exceptional people skills as this role requires problem solving with MDT and system partners whilst having to maintain professional relationships.

About us

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

The following skills and experience will be required and are essential for the successful candidates:
  • Expedite the discharge process through pro-active discharge planning, acting as resource and providing expert advice regarding complex discharges as required.
  • Facilitate early discharge planning working as part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT); attend case conferences, promote good communication and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care to achieve safe and timely discharge from hospital.
  • Responsible for collating, analysing and reporting Discharge Performance Data and utilising this information to inform decision-making and identify areas for improvement.
  • Attend case conferences to support and facilitate effective multi-disciplinary discharge planning and processesas an integral part of patient care management within the Trust.
  • Coordinate and conduct end of Life (Fast Track) assessments in liaison with ward multidisciplinary team (MDT) and the Palliative Care Team in accordance with the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS Funded Care.
  • Support staff in undertaking multidisciplinary team assessments and as a key practitioner; facilitate complex case management working collaboratively with ward MDTs and Community partners including completing nursing needs assessment.

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

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Current registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council


  • Evidence of Level 3 Study



  • Experience of complex discharge requirements
  • Extensive Post qualification experience



  • Ability to organise own workload
  • Ability to work under pressure and in challenging environments

Attitude & Aptitude


  • 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

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