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Frailty Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year £35,392 - £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, self-motivated nurse to join our growing team and become a member of our Frailty Service within the Acute Assessment Unit and urgent care services.

As a specialist nurse you will take a lead role in co-ordinating patient care within our multi-professional service working with a home first approach. The team is committed to developing a holistic experience for our patients based on local and national agenda's around frailty.

We are part of an integrated team with Livewell South West focusing on admission avoidance. We work closely with acute and community teams in assessing, investigating, planning and treating our patients on the same day. The post holder will have a range of assessment and clinical skills and show expertise in acute frail aspects of urgent care.

As a fairly new service the post holder will have opportunity to drive forward future developments of the frailty service.

For further information please contact

Julie Ball

Lead Frailty Nurse

Tel: 01752 439833

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the assessment and delivery of high-quality evidence-based care for acutely ill patients within the Acute Assessment Unit, with the aim of working in preventing avoidable hospital admission.

To reduce hospital admissions and minimise hospital lengths of stay by providing intensive and advanced nursing input and involving and working very closely with appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Relocation package may be available.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Planning Individualised Patient Care -Responsibility for the specialist assessment, provision and co-ordination of care to individual patients in conjunction with patients and carers.

Delivery of Direct Care - To assess, plan and evaluate care provided for patients including those with complex needs. Facilitates the monitoring of evidence-based standards through research, clinical trials, audits and staff initiatives.

Management and Leadership - Delegation, line management and supervision of workload of junior staff within the team as directed by the Band 7 team manager, carrying out appraisal and line management of those staff reporting to the job holder as per organisation policy.

Professional -To work within the NMC code. To remain updated and competent and ensure that clinical practice is evidence based. To have an up to date personal development plan and professional portfolio.

Education and Training -Support the team manager in providing and maintaining a learning environment and maximise opportunities for education and development in the clinical are to enhance individual development and performance in the delivery of high standards of care.

Research -Actively participate in audit as directed by the Team Manager. Collect, collate and evaluate a range of information to support clinical and service audit

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Proven background knowledge of Government policies relating to ambulatory frailty care.
  • Proven knowledge of Frailty Nurse Competencies
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Overview of Acute Discharge process
  • Current and up to date proven knowledge of Code of Conduct (NMC)
  • Proven evidence of strong Acute Care background and skills
  • Proven evidence of autonomous practice, Working without supervision
  • Clinical Risk Management
  • End of Life Care
  • Emergency Care Management
  • Demonstrable Infection control experience


  • Proven knowledge of Secondary & Primary Care Sector
  • Proven basic knowledge of Long Term Conditions
  • Proven knowledge of local and national frailty agenda
  • Respiratory background
  • Cardiac background
  • Alert - Aim-Impact etc course
  • Wound care background
  • Surgical background



  • NMC Registered Nurse (Adult)
  • Recognised teaching or mentorship qualification at degree level or equivalent
  • Management and leadership module or study days/evidence of
  • Degree (or working towards) in healthcare


  • Recognised Acute Care Assessments module
  • Recognised Frailty modules

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Demonstrable clinical and leadership experience
  • Demonstrable experience with a similar role

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

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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