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Heart Failure Specialist Nurse

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Part Time
Job summary

We are an expanding team and have an opportunity for an experienced Heart Failure Nurse to work across our Heart Failure service, which includes community and rapid access clinics and home visits. The Specialist Nurse will have expertise in the management of patients with HF and the ability to work autonomously. Our service provides care to:
  • Acutely unwell patients in a rapid access setting
  • Offers in-reach to patients at York Hospital
  • Offers patients with complex and palliative needs in community clinics or in their own home

If you wish to apply for this post as a Secondment opportunity, please seek permission from your current line manager before applying.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be supported to work across the whole service and would be required to hold a non-medical prescribing qualification, or willing to study towards this within the first year of being in post. The service is transforming into an integrated service,therefore we are looking for an individual who is innovative and is interested in service development.

The applicant will be required to work on different sites, therefore the ability to transport yourself and equipment across the locality during the course of a normal working day is required for this vacancy.

Your mileage will be covered by expenses, and parking at our community sites is free for clinical staff.

If you are interested in applying but don't hold the necessary qualifications, but are willing to work towards it, please contact Sharon Hurst, Matron, on mobile telephone number - 07961834942 for an informal chat before applying.

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

The NHS Staff Council has accepted the pay offer made by the government for Agenda for Change staff in England, which you will see is reflected on the salary for this role. Thenew salary rates for this year(2023/24)willtake effect from 1 April 2023. Eligible staff can expect to receive the additional 2022/23 payment and the new 2023/24 pay rates (including back pay to 1 April) as part of their pay in June.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind; we are open; and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • Professional qualification appropriate to CHF and clinical element of the role e.g. ENB 124, Heart Failure management module or equivalent.
  • Professional qualification e.g. registered nurse
  • Degree/diploma qualification and evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or equivalent experience e.g. ENB 998 or equivalent.
  • Willingness to undertake Specialist training/short courses at postgraduate/masters level equivalent clinical skills course.
  • Degree level specialist training or equivalent experience.
  • Working towards/willing to undertake master's degree level of study
  • Willingness to undertake independent non-medical prescriber qualification


  • Non medical prescribing qualification
  • Master degree level study
  • Evidence of leading innovation and change

Skills & Attributes


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills capable of communicating highly complex and highly sensitive or contentious information to patients and carers including where there may be barriers to understanding
  • Ability to organise own workload and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously and evidence of flexibility, innovation and problem solving

Experience & knowledge required


  • Experience of managing cardiac patients at senior level
  • Experience of change management
  • Understanding of Primary Care and the need to work collaboratively across the primary/secondary care interface to the benefit of patients with CHF
  • Able to assess patients with complex heart failure and their related needs within the community setting and develop care plans to meet those needs
  • Experience of development of procedures and protocols
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience of leading clinical audit and performance management
  • Involvement in clinical trials/research
  • Experience of teaching at pre- and post-registration level, one-to-one and groups
  • Experience of risk management and governance
  • Awareness of issues and legislation in nursing and the wider NHS, NSF, NICE guidelines


  • Leadership/management development e.g. RCN leadership programme
  • Experience of leading clinical research (as primary site co-ordinator or carrying out original research
  • Experience of managing a budget and other resources

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