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Integrated Discharge Practitioner

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Complex Discharge Team is looking for a full time Band 6 Integrated Discharge Practitioner to join their established team on a permanent basis. This is an exciting and innovative opportunity to work within a small multi-disciplinary team who are proactive in supporting Children with Medical Complexities across the Trust. The team aim to support the complex patient's journey through Alder Hey and are child and family focused, ensuring that this complex cohort of patients get the optimum support to guide them through their patient stay in Alder Hey and back to their homes.

The practitioner can have either a nursing or Allied Health background but must have a passion for a varied and diverse role; looking to address the non-medical barriers to discharge that this complex cohort of patients face and will need an enthusiastic, innovative and problem solving applicant who will be able to support and represent the team both internally and externally across the region and nationally.

This is a rewarding role for those who enjoy a challenge and can demonstrate excellent organisational and complex communication skills.

If you are enthusiastic and confident with a friendly and outgoing manner, and a focus on providing the best possible service to patients we would like to hear from you.

**Please note this vacancy will close once sufficient applications have been received**

Main duties of the job

  • To be a team member within Alder Hey's Complex Discharge Team providing a substantial contribution to the clinical work of the team: including accepting, prioritising and assessing referrals of children and their families. Providing assessment, Complex Discharge planning arrangements, review and evaluation for children with medical complexity throughout the Trust.
  • This role will require the post holder to provide clinical management and co-ordination of complex discharge pathways, whilst working collaboratively within a wider multi-organisational team. You will work to developing processes as part of a co-produced service. The post holder will require a working knowledge of commissioning processes.
  • You will work in partnership with other health professionals, parents, carers, education and other service providers to ensure a child centred approach to discharge planning.
  • In addition, they may provide consultation to professionals from other services and participate in service development.
  • To provide cover to other areas of service as necessary to support other members of the team.
  • Working closely with Lead Clinicians and other multi-disciplinary team members across the trust
  • Working closely with extended multi-disciplinary members to ensure effective communication to support the patient Journey
  • The post sits within Alder Hey but works across Merseyside and most regions including North Wales.

About us

\Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment. All employees are expected to observe its policy in their behaviour to the public and fellow employees.

The Trust is committed to developing an environment that embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

The creation of a safety culture within the Trust will result from effective teamwork. There is a contractual requirement on all employees to co-operate with their managers and colleagues in protecting the health and wellbeing of all people who work within, use, or are affected by the Trust's service and activities.

The Trust conducts a system of performance and development planning as a key part of its annual business planning cycle. This ensures that all staff have an opportunity to take part in a discussion on the work they have done and explore how they can improve and develop in their jobs and formulating a set of personal objectives. This process includes a review of the job description on an annual basis.

Risk Management - All individuals will have some risk management responsibilities with which they are required to comply, for details of your responsibilities please refer to the current Risk Management Strategy, which is available on the Intranet.

All staff have a responsibility for data quality. This will vary according to individual job roles in line with the Trust Data Quality Policy and Data Quality Strategy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To function as an autonomous senior member of the MDT using experience and knowledge of specialist pathways, out of hospital provision as well as needing to influence discharge decisions.
  • Complete comprehensive, holistic assessments for patients with complex health needs using a range of assessment techniques and knowledge of the systems within health and social care.
  • Interpret assessment outcomes into meaningful formulations of needs and problems that are understandable to the patient, their carers and the wider multi-disciplinary team enabling joint decisions about future management and potential delivery options.
  • Being able to recognise and respond effectively to safeguarding issues, adhering to Alder Hey policy and procedure.
  • To communicate to the client and family, knowledge of therapeutic processes, confidentiality and available options involved in their assessment and care plan, to enable them to engage appropriately from a position of informed consent. This will sometimes include communication about highly sensitive material and outcomes.
  • Utilising analytical skills, specialist knowledge and experience provide a comprehensive assessment and formulation of the presenting problem taking into account the childs educational attainment, chronological/ developmental stage, inner world/ emotional wellbeing, the mental health of the childs parents, the family dynamics and environment, and the broader social context including school.
  • Undertake with supervision/consultation, case management of cases of some severity, risk and complexity, co-ordinating multi-disciplinary inputs and working in partnership with other agencies where appropriate.
  • To adopt a client centred and sensitive approach to care, collaborating with children, parents and / or carers and education staff in all aspects of the discharge process.
  • Participate and where appropriate lead on defined home visits/home care plans with the MDT as part of pre admission, discharge planning and post discharge support.
  • To participate in team meetings and multi-disciplinary meetings as required occasionally being required to assertively represent the outcomes of assessments and where appropriate challenge the views of other professionals on the basis of the evidence and reasoned views arising from assessments undertaken by the post holder.

Person Specification



  • oRelevant professional registration for example; RMN, Social Worker or OT.
  • oEducated to Degree Level in appropriate subject or equivalent.
  • several years post qualifying experience


  • oProfessional courses related to patient flow



  • oExperience of working with Children with Medical Complexities with complex discharge planning arrangements.
  • oExperience of working in multi-disciplinary team


  • oProven knowledge of Safeguarding procedures
  • oEvidence of experience of supervision and teaching



  • oAble to build strong collaborative relationships with Internal and external clinical leaders and professional staff groups
  • oEvidence of experience of positive working as part of a multiagency team


  • oProven experience of the delegation of tasks to other staff, with a firm understanding of the process of delegation

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