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Clinical Nurse Specialist (Acute Frailty)

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023
We are recruiting for Specialist Therapist for Acute Frailtywho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

We are delighted have investment in the development of an Acute Frailty service at St Mary's Hospital. The service will be led by a Consultant Nurse/ Practitioner. This Specialist Therapy post is open to both Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists with a proven history of frailty expertise, clinical and service leadership.

This is a new post created as part of the new acute frailty team working primarily within the emergency care floor, with in-reach into acute wards, assessing needs, providing same day services, and supporting the effective use of alternatives to acute care including SDEC, virtual wards and community rapid response services.

The creation of an acute frailty team contributes to the Trust's strategic objective of Home First - enabling people to remain safely in their normal place of residence - by better meeting the needs of people aged 65 and over living with moderate to severe frailty.

*Please note that this role is subject to job matching and verification.*

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To become a member of a high functioning team Acute frailty delivering a quality comprehensive service to patients with Frailty.
  • To work under direction of the specialist therapist to provide frailty assessment, clinical care and treatment of patients within the acute frailty pathway.
  • Under direction of the specialist therapist this post will work primarily within the emergency care floor and in-reach into acute wards, liaising appropriately with acute therapy teams in order to assess needs, providing same day services, as well as supporting the effective use of alternatives to acute care including SDEC, virtual wards and community rapid response services.
  • Under direction of the specialist therapist for acute frailty, contribute to the delivery of frailty awareness activities across acute service.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Degree/Diploma
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of CPD at a postgraduate levels as well as, reflective practice, IST and experiential learning
  • Experience of working as part of a therapy team/multidisciplinary team. Team management experience
  • Extensive general and acute experience and experience of working as a clinical specialist.
  • Experience of student and staff clinical education
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • NHS or equivalent clinical experience
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit


  • Working towards MSc or equivalent postgraduate qualifications.

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Marys Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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