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Clinical Nurse Specialist for Heart Failure

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa Inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity to take on a fixed term role to improve access to heart failure services for Epsom and St Helier. We ideally would like somebody with heart failure experience that is keen to improve the access to specialised care in hospital and assisting in the transition to the community.

Main duties of the job

We are an expanding cardiology team and we are looking for an experienced heart failure specialist or cardiology nurse who wants to help shape the care we deliver.

Working closely with the lead Heart Failure specialist nurse, the Cardiology Matron and the lead Heart Failure Consultant, you will run and develop thediagnostic and treatment pathways for heart failure patients promoting high quality care across the care continuum from tertiary to primarycare, engaging with healthcare professionals across the network.

The post holder will also be required to support clinical staff in heart failure management plans make appropriate onward referrals for follow up care be involved in optimisation of medical therapy provide education and support to patients, relatives and carers in both inpatient and outpatient settings with the aim being to reduce symptoms, prevent unnecessary admissions/readmission and maximise patients' quality of life. The role involves working closely with the community heart failure teams and the collection of data for local and national audits. You will have a keen interest in education, research, training and development.

If you think this is the role for you please contact Sharon Smart

About us

Welcome to the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. We offer an extensive range of services, including cancer, pathology, surgery, and gynecologyto over 490,000 people in south west London and north east Surrey. We operate two busy general hospitals, Epsom Hospitaland St Helier Hospital, and run services from other locations, including Sutton Hospital. We are also part of two innovative integrated care partnerships - Sutton Health and Careand Surrey Downs Health and Care. St Helier Hospital is home to the South West Thames Renal and Transplantation Unitand Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, while Epsom Hospital is home to the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC). Both Epsom and St Helier hospitals have Accident and Emergency departments (A& E)and Maternity services (Obstetrics). With nearly 900,000 people coming to our hospitals for care and treatment every year, our almost 5,000 staff and 500 volunteers work around the clock to keep our busy hospitals running smoothly.

As teaching hospitals, we play a key role in the education and training of tomorrow's doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Both sites work in partnership with St George's Hospital and St George's Medical School in south London to deliver high quality education and research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the Clinical Nurse Specialist at Epsom and St Helier.

Person Specification



  • Registered Professional
  • 1st Level Degree
  • Evidence of significant professional development with a focus on heart failure
  • Evidence of further qualification in Cardiology


  • Management module
  • Master's degree
  • Non medical prescriber



  • Substantial experience and achievement in nursing cardiac patients
  • Experience of managing a patient case load in an NHS setting
  • Experience of managing patients with heart failure
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge underpinned by theory and experience


  • Research module
  • Evidence of developing clinical guidelines and pathways



  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Physical assessment and diagnostic skills
  • Ability to co-ordinate heart failure pathways
  • Good knowledge of cardiac drugs and side effects
  • Venepuncture and cannulation skills
  • ILS competent


  • ALS
  • Recent teaching experience at senior level
  • Budgetary experience

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


Epsom & St Helier Hospital - work crosssite

dorking road


KT18 7EG

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