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Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist - Heart Function

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist - Heart Function

This vacancy is for a permanent full time Band 7 lead nurse.

Heart Failure is a complex clinical syndrome whose early diagnosis and evidence based management can have a profound impact on the quality of life of patients and their carers. Heart failure admissions account for 2% of all NHS bed days and are projected to rise by 50% over the next 25 years - largely as a result of the ageing population.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Heart Function Nursing service was launched in 2008, delivered by one specialist Nurse who provided clinical management advice for patients who were admitted acutely with a primary diagnosis of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD). This service has evolved to one which fully participates in the national heart failure audit and delivers:
  • A 52 week a year in patient cover for patients who have been admitted with a primary diagnosis of Heart Failure.
  • Education and advice regarding pharmacological, non-pharmacological and complex device management to patients and members of the MDT.
  • Diagnostic, two & six week referral to review rapid access heart function clinic (as per NICE diagnostic pathway).
  • Out patient DC Cardioversion and associated follow up.
  • Follow up clinics for complex or high risk heart failure patients who require close clinical monitoring or focused medication optimisation.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen for a highly professional, compassionate, adaptable, focused and committed individual to lead and join the team. The successful applicant will be registered with the NMC, and have substantive post registration experience within the speciality, will be able to provide evidence of personal and professional development and have the passion and drive to fully support further evolution of the service to meet the needs of our cardiac patients.

Due to the specialist and educational nature of this role there will be an expectation that shortlisted candidates will deliver a short presentation at interview.

About us

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Update - NHS employees/applicants of frontline posts at the Royal Cornwall Trust are no longer required to be fully vaccinated against COVID by 1 April 2022. This is pending the public consultation and Parliamentary review announced by the government. We may however request immunisation status but this will not impact working with the Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about this role please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification or commitment to undertake
  • Completion or commitment to undertake relevant extended role scope competencies, such as DC Cardioversion (including ALS)


  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent
  • University qualification in specialty
  • Teaching/assessment/mentoring qualification
  • Managerial experience/ leading a team.



  • Relevant nursing experience within specialty.
  • Audit or research experience
  • Teaching and education experience

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