Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist Practitioner Band 6 or 7 (D.O.E)

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pa pr
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
MS Specialist Nurse/Practitioner - Band 6 or 7 dependent on evidenced experience and competencies - 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and dynamic nurse or therapist to join the Dorset Multiple Sclerosis Service as an MS Specialist Nurse/Practitioner, to cover maternity leave.

We are looking for a dedicated registered nurse or therapist with excellent communication skills and relevant experience to deliver high quality, specialist care to people with MS in the Dorset area, and be a part of our forward thinking service.

You will use your knowledge and skills to provide proactive management of people with MS from diagnosis onwards, offering specialist assessment, intervention, monitoring and support to patients and their families. You will work within the hospital and community settings.

We are committed to continuous professional development and offer on-going training within the MS Service.

Car driver essential.

Based at: Poole

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Nurse with NMC registration or Qualified Therapist with (Band 7) MS Development module (MS Trust) or equivalent experience (Band 6) MS Development module (MS Trust) or willingness to complete.
  • (Band 7) MS Development module (MS Trust) or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of comprehensive and advanced continuing professional development (CPD) maintained in a portfolio including attendance at postgraduate courses relevant to speciality.
  • (Band 7) Evidence of required knowledge and skills at a Band 7 level (in MS Nurse competency document).


  • Educated to Masters level (or able to demonstrate working at this level)
  • Advanced clinical practice qualification
  • Prescribing Qualification
  • Teaching qualification



  • (Band 7) Significant post registration experience within the field of Neurology or relevant field.
  • (Band 6) Relevant post registration experience
  • (Band 7) Substantial broad range of knowledge and experience in managing the care of people with neurological/complex long-term conditions.
  • (Band 6) Broad range of knowledge and experience managing the care of people with neurological/long-term conditions
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience in teaching in a clinical setting to own professional group and those from other disciplines
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for the service, including experience of research, quality issues and audit
  • Evidence of involvement in service development/improvement
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision


  • Working in Community setting
  • Experience in platform presentations at meetings/ conferences.

Technical Skills Competencies & Knowledge


  • Comprehensive applied anatomy and physiology for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Good working knowledge of Multiple Sclerosis and associated symptom management
  • Good physical assessment skills
  • Good working knowledge of professional standards and limitations of professional practice
  • Good IT skills including good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Autonomous practitioner with the ability to work creatively within the boundaries of their knowledge to co-ordinate comprehensive patient care.
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the trusts policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety and meet the differing needs of the patients.
  • Ability to drive between hospital sites and patients' homes in a timely manner
  • Effective communicator able to communicate complex and sensitive information
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Can demonstrate assertiveness, tact and diplomacy appropriately
  • Ability to take a lead in service improvement and development
  • Willingness to take on challenges and comfortable with constructive challenge
  • Ability to adapt and work flexibly as required to meet the service need as a whole.


  • Evidence of involvement in research leading to publications or posters,
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of protocols and clinical audit
  • Member of UKMSSNA/TiMS

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Reliable, motivated and enthusiastic. Able to motivate and lead others
  • Good problem solving and analytical ability
  • Has conflict resolution skills and team building skills
  • Innovative


  • Needs to be able to work in various settings

English Language


  • Is able to write and speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust



Longfleet Road


BH15 2JB

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