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Heart Failure Specialist Nurse - Cardiology

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to be in a position to expand our team of Heart Failure Specialist Nurses to support our planned service developments.

We are looking for three x additional Band 7 WTE Heart Failure Nurse specialists to join our existing team at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. For the right candidate there may be the opportunity to take on the role of Band 7 Team Lead.

If you have heart failure experience with excellent organisational and communication skills and you would like to join our friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and motivated team we would love to hear from you.

The ideal candidate would be an experienced Heart Failure Nurse, qualified in clinical examination and non-medical prescribing.

The successful applicant will work autonomously and alongside a multidisciplinary heart failure team within the Trust, reviewing inpatients and also delivering nurse-led heart failure clinics, to provide evidence based treatment and care. You will also maintain a close working relationship with the community heart failure teams in support of quality care.

As a team we are continuously reviewing and updating our ways of working. We would welcome applicants who are highly motivated in wanting to improve service delivery to improve patient outcomes.

The post holder will be expected to rotate between Peterborough & Hinchingbrooke Hospitals, it is also our intention once fully established to reopen our Outpatient Heart Failure Hub which was piloted earlier this year.

Main duties of the job

To optimise the management and delivery of heart failure care to adults admitted to the trust with heart failure- both heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

To provide clinical care for a caseload of patients using advanced specialist skills and knowledge to undertake full assessments of patients with heart failure.

To provide effective, evidence based treatment, improving patients' quality of life through delivering high-standard and holistic care.

To review patients in heart failure nurse-led outpatient clinics.

To liaise with all health professionals treating heart failure patients in primary, secondary care and tertiary centres to ensure seamless care.

To actively participate in multidisciplinary team meetings.

To take part in developing heart failure services and clinical practice through involvement in management, teaching, education, research and audit activity.

About us

Working for our organisation

NWAFT is a multisite trust with 2 main sites at Peterborough and Huntingdon, a smaller Local Hospital at Stamford and some outpatients at Ely and Doddington. It is a friendly, innovative trust and you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership and presentation skills with your role being a senior voice for the emergency and medical division.

Agile Working

We recognise the need to develop modern working practices to enable our employees to maximise their performance and productivity whilst maintaining a good work life balance and so have adopted an Agile working methodology as outlined within our Agile and Flexible Working Policy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Independently assess, review and plan individualised care, ensuring appropriate history taking and clinical examination, for patients during their hospital stay and in the clinic setting.

Monitor and review patients ensuring optimal treatment is achieved on an individual basis and quality of life maintained/improved.

Provide advice and guidance to other clinicians and members of the multi-disciplinary team to achieve optimal pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.

Provide support and education to patients, families and carers ensuring clear communication and accurate information in order to enable patients to manage their condition effectively. Promote self-management and optimise quality of life whenever possible.

Document care, treatment and education provided to patients ensuring records are relevant, accurate and timely and in line with Trust Policy and NMC guidance.

Work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams and colleagues both in hospital and community settings, promoting strong links between primary care and secondary care, ensuring collaborative working to improve patient care and outcomes.

Provide palliative care and end of life support to patients with end stage heart failure and refer to palliative care services for complex symptom support.

Liaise with primary care healthcare professionals to ensure seamless care upon discharge.

Work closely with cardiac specialist nurses and consultant cardiologists to ensure effective inpatient care, consulting for advice as necessary.

Attend heart failure service team/clinical meetings to discuss service issues and discuss complex cases, thereby ensuring clinical governance.

Support Band 6 heart failure nurse in developing skills and knowledge in complex heart failure management.

Keep up to date with developments within cardiology

Provide senior cardiology nurse cover at weekends

Work within the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct at all times to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

If an NMP, initiate and titrate heart failure medications, acting in accordance with the Trust Non-Medical Prescribing Policy and the NMC scope of professionalpractice.

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Post registration qualification in Cardiology
  • Nursing Degree/Diploma
  • Recent continued professional development related to cardiology (within the past 2 years)


  • Recognised teaching certificate
  • Non-Medical prescribing qualification
  • Heart Failure course
  • Advanced clinical assessment qualification



  • Experience working as a Band6/Band 7 in heart failure service


  • Working as a cardiac nurse within an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of clinical audit and research



  • Patient assessment skills including history taking
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team
  • Effectively prioritises and co-ordinates own work
  • Ability to use and interpret clinical data
  • Active participant in service development
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Good record keeping skills
  • up to date knowledge of policies and guidance relating to heart failure


  • Presentation skills

Key Skills


  • IT Skills
  • Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good working relationships
  • Ability to monitor and promote personal development
  • Active participant in reflective practice
  • Excellent communication skills: interpersonal, written and verbal decision making skills

personal qualities


  • Calm and professional manner
  • Confident in own abilities and limitations
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Adaptable, team player

Employer details

Employer name

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


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