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Gastroenterology Specialist Nurse

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Acts clinical expert within a specialised field as a role model demonstrating high standards of quality care and providing clinical leadership to others.

As clinical expert lead the development of clinical nursing services with the field implementing Initiatives at a local level contributing towards strategic decision making, and implementing policies appropriate to the speciality.

Provide expert clinical advice and education to patients promoting a culture that supports self-management and health and wellbeing.

Acting as key worker the Specialist Nurse will use and apply advanced technical knowledge within the speciality to oversee and co-ordinate services, personalise the pathway of care for individual patients to ensure the complex information and support needs of patients and families are addressed.

Delivers specialist education and training to other professionals involved in patient care

Main duties of the job

Leads the development, management and promotion of the service ensuring the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care

Applies advanced knowledge and insight from key stakeholders and experiences of patients to lead services re-design, stimulate innovative practice, implement improvements and ensure services are responsive to patient's needs.

Promotes the philosophy of person-centred care, co-creating care with people affected by cancer.

Collates and records quantitative and qualitative data to provide evidence of productivity, outcomes and quality, through audit and research.

Leads in collating information for reports and audits in order to drive service improvement.
  • Demonstrates high level clinical, technical and research skills through breadth and depth of knowledge.
  • Uses creative reasoning, experience and vision to advance care.
  • Demonstrates continuous evaluation of practice and make changes where appropriate.
  • Takes personal responsibility for life-long learning and personal development through clinical supervision, appraisal and Knowledge and Skills Framework

As a core member of the MDT works with the team to support the best possible patient outcomes.

Actively integrates theory and practice

Acts as a Key Worker for a clinical caseload, undertaking assessment and determining people's information needs and coordinating ongoing care to ensure needs are met.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as \competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Leads on the implementation and monitoring of adherence to relevant clinical guidelines.
  • Takes personal responsibility for ensuring effective communication between all service providers.
  • Actively participates in multi-professional meetings, acting as patient advocate and representing nursing views.
  • Makes sure that people affected are aware about the full range of resources and services available through the specialist nurse and external organisations

Acts as a role model for excellent advanced communication skills and expertise.

Demonstrates skills in conflict resolution and competent negotiation skills when dealing with difficult or challenging situations.

Leads the development of patient focussed education, including training to self-manage ongoing consequences of treatment.

Is actively involved in the performance management of targets to ensure patients have prompt access to diagnostics and treatments.

Influences and develops policy and clinical guidelines internally and externally

Develops new skills in response to emerging knowledge and techniques.

Works across professional boundaries using creative reasoning and problem-solving

Instigates and manages change within a complex environment.

Influences the development of others through education and training.

Promotes patient and public experience feedback through local initiatives to drive innovation and change.

Communicates sensitive information to patients/carers and professionals such as breaking bad news, and dealing with the complex emotions that arise,

Manage and co-ordinate own caseload of patients via Nurse led clinics in settings across both secondary and primary care as required to ensure a seamless patient pathway

Enables people to access, identify, appraise and interpret information, to determine their own future.

Provides clinical expertise, specialist advice and support across service boundaries.

Defines a clear care pathway, refers to other professionals and sign-posts to other agencies as appropriate.

Makes clinical judgements based on experience and knowledge and take appropriate action Request diagnostic tests within agreed sphere of competence and make clinical judgements based on clinical expertise

Assess and manage symptoms, problems related to area of expertise and recognising when appropriate for onward referral is required.

To facilitate the assimilation of complex clinical information regarding diagnosis, staging investigations and treatment options

Support and empower patients and carers to influence and participate in decisions regarding the planning and delivery of care

Promotes self-management, undertaking risk stratification to determine those who can self-manage, following education, those who will need guided support to self-manage and those who will require on-going, face to face support

Promotes the service and clinical excellence by publishing and presenting innovations, audit and research locally and nationally.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Registered General Nurse
  • First level degree in related subject
  • Post basic qualification in cancer/ palliative care
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Recognised teaching qualification
  • Clinical diagnostics/ Nurse prescribing
  • IT Qualification
  • Evidence of Masters level learning

Knowledge and Skills


  • oSignificant relevant post registration experience in the speciality
  • oIn-depth experience within the specialised field
  • oLeadership and management Experience
  • oExperience of leading service development
  • oExperience of multi-professional working
  • oAbility to lead and influence change
  • oExperience of HNA/EOT summaries
  • oKnowledge of cancer strategy and Living with and beyond cancer agenda
  • Ability to deal with complex and difficult emotional situations


  • Evidence of advanced communications skills
  • Psychological assessment skills (HNA)
  • Advanced Communications Skills Training
  • Audit/ research Skills
  • Personally and professionally mature
  • Commitment to improve the lives of people affected by cancer

Personal Attributes


  • Personal Time Management and organisational skills
  • Computer Literate
  • Presentation skills
  • Organisation and negotiation skills


  • Diplomatic
  • Calm and objective
  • Assertive, confident, yet approachable
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm

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