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Nurse Specialist - Hepatobiliary

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic, forward thinking and motivated nurse to join the Hepatobillary Clinical Nurse Specialist team. This role offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to develop and lead a pathway for patients with obstructive jaundice who are referred directly through GP's or as a tertiary referral from peripheral hospitals in the region.

The Freeman hospital is a tertiary referral centre for Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease serving a population of approximately 4 million. Patients with obstructive jaundice follow a complex pathway for investigation and management including endoscopy and interventional radiology.

This is a challenging role with a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the pathway of patients with pancreatic and biliary cancer and some complex benign pathology. This will involve nurse led outpatient activity as well as coordinating inpatient transfer from referring centres for specific procedures and repatriation back to the parent hospital. The job involve close interaction with the on-call HPB Consultant and developing the Rapid Diagnosis Service (RDS) for jaundice patients in the North East.
  • Interview date: 2 October 2023
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The role will require someone with a high level of interpersonal and communication skill and the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team. Working as part of the multidisciplinary team you will be actively encouraged to assist with service development and improve the patient experience based on emerging and best practice models of care which is responsive to patient feedback and audit.

You will be expected to meet the essential criteria and processes as outlined in the job description and person specifications. You will also be expected to be flexible to the needs of the service.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust define a nurse specialist as a qualified nurse where the primary purpose of role is to provide guidance and support based on advanced level knowledge to patients, carers and health professionals concerning a specific disease/condition.

Within the sphere of specialist practice:o Demonstrates significant advanced knowledge and skills within speciality and sphere of practice.o Take a lead role facilitating the planning, delivery and evaluation of care pathways for a designated group of patients.o Support the development of nursing practice within the specialist field and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.o Have corporate identity as an expert within specialist area.o Lead and provide training and education across the organisation in relevant area of practice.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • oRegistered Nurse (appropriate to branch)
  • oCurrent NMC registration
  • oDegree level / Master's level study, or a combination of equivalent specialist study / experience
  • oMeets Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for mentorship if relevant to role


  • oMaster's Degree
  • oManagement experience / qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • oExtensive post registration experience, some of which will be at a senior level within the required specialist area of practice
  • oExtended clinical practice underpinned by training and assessment
  • oAudit / research experience
  • oEvidence of on-going continuous professional development
  • oKnowledge and understanding of relevant NHS policy or project specific policy context
  • oHas understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding


  • oEvidence of leading programme(s) of education and / or training

Skills & Abilities


  • oGood IT skills
  • oEffective report writing skills
  • oAble to work independently and across disciplines as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oEffective organisation and time management skills
  • oCurrent driving licence if relevant to role
  • oMoving and handling patients and objects in line with Trust guidelines using appropriate aids

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital


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