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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa Inclusive
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to join our Stroke service as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).

The CNS role is a vital part of the MDT approach to managing and supporting patients experiencing stroke symptoms. The CNS is also involved in the thrombolysis pathway and is a leader in providing secondary prevention education to patients and their families.

In this role, you will contribute to the provision of specialist nursing for stroke patients, practicing within the multi-disciplinary team, providing nursing advice to support and facilitate high quality, individualised care to patients/clients with a diagnosis of a stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) and relatives/carers in collaboration with the CNS team leader and the multi-disciplinary team, in line with local and national targets.

This role will allow you to develop wider specialist knowledge and skills working in close collaboration with the other Stroke specialist practitioners within the team.

You will act as an expert resource for other health professionals in relation to stroke nursing and will take a lead role in the holistic assessment of patients. You will be actively involved in the continued development of the service and will need to demonstrate leadership and initiative as well as the ability to develop & sustain good working relationships with multi-professional colleagues & peers.

Main duties of the job

Ensure a seamless service through collaboration with the multi-professional teams across Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the community providing specialised advice and support to patients, families and health professionals through the use of evidence based knowledge.

Develop patient and service driven initiatives and strive to continually improve the stroke service and provide high quality care and expert advice for stroke patients and their families.

Attend thrombolysis and thrombectomy calls when required.

Managed a caseload of patients through the TIA clinic as well as monitoring the progress of the Apoplex programme.

Ensure national standards are adhered to through collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, managers and stroke consultants and raise the profile of nursing and research.

Utilise information technology in order to collate accurate and timely information

Meet the educational needs of patients, carers and healthcare sta

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities. We encourage staff to have the Covid vaccination to protect themselves, patients, other colleagues as well as the wider community. Please note it is an operational requirement to comply with infection prevention and control procedures within the Trust such as lateral flow testing, handwashing and the wearing of masks, according to the procedures in place at any time or location.

As part of our continued response to Covid19 we are still conducting the majority of our interviews virtually.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • Teaching qualification or equivalent experience
  • Relevant clinical post registration course - completed or in progress
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Graduate (degree/diploma) with specialist expertise across a range of procedures in stroke/neuroscience nursing, or willingness to complete.



  • Post registration experience in stroke or neurosciences and experience in band 5 or above, either junior speciality role or team leader.
  • Experience of providing patient education and health promotion.
  • Experience in providing education and training to pre-register and/or post-register qualified and unqualified nursing staff.


  • Significant experience at Band 6 in a relevant clinical setting.
  • Experience/appreciation of community issues/needs in relation to stroke care

Skills/Knowledge/ Abilities


  • Demonstrate commitment through involvement in Trust wide initiatives/ committees
  • Able to demonstrate specialised knowledge of patient group
  • Knowledge of quality improvement, standard setting, benchmarking, research and audit, as well as knowing how to review findings, implement changes and evaluate outcomes.
  • Good IT skills, understanding of Microsoft Office suite, including MS Teams.
  • Flexible and adaptable

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Charing Cross Hospital


W6 8RF

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