Heart Failure - Band 6

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting 12 month, secondment opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Heart Failure Nurse. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work in the Knowsley Community CVD Service. They must be committed to working with individuals with Long Term Conditions which include the managements of individuals with heart failure. The successful candidate will join a Consultant Led multidisciplinary team committed to partnership working. Essential elements of the role include the management of own case load including assessing, planning and implementation of holistic packages of care to patients and their carers who have a diagnosis of heart failure. The main aim of the role is to provide an intense level of care to support the individual to manage their condition, preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital and to improve the provision of palliative care. There will be an opportunity to further develop skills working within the integrated community and trust heart failure service.

Excellent training support and clinical supervision are offered and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is committed to improving working lives.

Car Driver, full driving licence and access to a vehicle on a daily basis is desirable.

For further information please contact Karen Dickman, Heart Failure Specialist Nurse (Team Leader) or Clare Sumner Matron CVD service on 0151 600 1001

Main duties of the job

1. JOB SUMMARY:To manage and evaluate own case load, assess, plan and implement holistic packages of care to people with the diagnosis of heart failure. To reduce impact of symptoms and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital, by ensuring optimal therapeutic interventions. To have the ability to involve where necessary other services such as rehabilitation, tertiary and palliative care in the care of individual patients. To support patients admitted to hospital and in the community with heart failure and also educate and support patients who have had an implanted cardiac device inserted.

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


To manage and evaluate own case load, assess, plan and implement holistic packages of care to people with the diagnosis of heart failure. To reduce impact of symptoms and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital, by ensuring optimal therapeutic interventions. To have the ability to involve where necessary other services such as rehabilitation, tertiary and palliative care in the care of individual patients. To support patients admitted to hospital and in the community with heart failure and also educate and support patients who have had an implanted cardiac device inserted.

  • To promote and liaise with multi-disciplinary team, by improving patient and carers quality of life and satisfaction.
  • To reduce impact of symptoms and prevent unnecessary admissions through ensuring optimal therapeutic interventions.
  • Maintain and utilise advanced clinical skills to analyse and interpret history of illness, presenting symptoms and physical findings to enable diagnosis, planning and treatment of the patient. To liaise closely with the lead Consultant in complex clinical decision making.
  • Registered practitioners who are working towards non-medical prescribing are accountable for their prescribing activities. They should be fully aware of their Professional accountability and any restrictions or special considerations in their prescribing practice. The must adhere to NMC guidelines for the Administration of Medicines Act 1992 and Misuse of Drugs Act 1991
  • Undertake home phlebotomy, when appropriate, to ensure a seamless service. Act on abnormal results and ensure that the GP is included in any clinical decision making.
  • Address psychosocial-economic needs of both patients and carers and refer onto other agencies as appropriate. Use appropriate evidence-based assessment tools to identify any concerns.
  • Monitor patients in their own homes, and report back any clinical changes in the patients condition.
  • Support patients in hospital with heart failure and patients who have had implantable cardiac devices inserted.


To demonstrate leadership by means of:
  • Effecting change within own sphere of practice when and where indicated
  • Making recommendations to improve services influencing, motivating, supporting, and enabling others to contribute towards the effectiveness and success of Community CVD Service
  • Ensuring that all patients progress through the relevant stages of the heart failure rehabilitation program at the correct time, and that appropriate information and advice is provided at each stage.
  • To actively participate in heart failure and cardiac networks.
  • To act as patient advocate and ensuring effective partnership work within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Responding to requests for advice and information from the public and other health professionals following LHCH Trust Guidance.
  • Supervision of junior members of the team.

  • Contributing to the implementation and supervision of planned student placements.
  • Assisting in the delivery of in-service training programs of heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Maintaining sound knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of coronary heart disease and heart failure.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reflective skills to ensure own professional development in line with PREP.
  • Lead and participate fully in the clinical supervision sessions for junior members of the Team.
  • Provide educational sessions for patients, carers and other health professionals regarding management of heart failure condition
  • Support the development of the service by pursuing own professional development.

Identify own learning needs undertaking necessary training and education in the form of clinical supervision, study days, seminars and shadow experiences for a range of health professionals from Health and Social Care.

  • Qualified Nurses are required to evidence maintenance of their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, including professional and legal accountability and managing clinical risk for all aspects of own work. All aspects of work will involve delivery of the care as an individual practitioner or as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To undertake as directed a collection of data for use in service audit and research projects. To manage and undertake audit & research in specific areas of clinical practice and service delivery using a range of research methodologies as part of MDT. Make recommendations to clinical lead/manager.
  • To ensure adherence to safety guidelines, patient care and consent guidelines.
  • To maintain systematic clinical and professional records as required by the service
  • To participate in the effectiveness of communication within the service by attendance at clinical, team brief, team meetings as advised by Line Manager

  • To establish, maintain and develop professional working relationships with colleagues.
  • Adhere to trust guidelines regarding patient consent and confidentiality of information about patients, staff and health service business in accordance with data protection act.
  • Follow all agreed Quality Assurance Mechanisms in operation and contribute generally to the establishment and development of a quality service.
  • Adhering to LHCH policies and procedures including standing financial instructions and orders.
  • Participate in the Trusts Development Review Appraisal process and, with line management, objectives and development plans. All staff are entitled to participate in the Review Process and, with their manager, are jointly responsible for the completion of agreed actions.
  • The Trust is keen to ensure the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors. All staff are responsible for complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and ensuring no-one is affected by individual acts or omissions.
  • The Trust aims to be a place in which people can work and study free from discrimination. All staff, patients and visitors are required to comply with the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To be aware of, and responsible to, the changing nature of the Trust and adopt a flexible and pro-active approach to work
  • To personally contribute to the LHCH health promotion strategies both internally and externally.
  • All LHCH staff are required to be familiar with the arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and support the organisation in promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This job description is not exhaustive, additional duties may be requested in line with the post holders knowledge, skills and competencies and the requirements of a developing service.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Level 1
  • Degree in Health Studies or evidence of study at Level III
  • Adult Education Teaching qualification or willing to work towards


  • Clinical Skills qualification (Clinical Examination & Diagnostics) or willing to work toward
  • Non-Medical Prescribing qualification or willing to work toward



  • Ability to transport self around community venues around



  • Significant demonstrable experience working in NHS
  • Significant experience of working in the field of cardiology
  • Research based approach to practice with a good understanding of current local & national evidence
  • Ability to organise own workload and prioritise work and good team worker
  • Working across organisational boundaries
  • Knowledge and familiarity with a range of software including Microsoft Office, e-mail and web browsers, Good understanding of IT generally.


  • Previous experience within a community service
  • Knowledge of Trust policies and procedures.
  • Key NHS policy & NICE guidelines

Values & Behaviours


  • Be a team player and be instrumental in achieving team goals.
  • An ability to empathise and reassure.
  • To be able to work in stressful and unpredictable situations

Skills & Abilities.


  • Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Ability to motivate others.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work without supervision.
  • The ability to manage a heavy workload and prioritise competing tasks effectively.
  • Organisational ability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
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