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Rapid Community Discharge - Senior Facilitator

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Reading, Berkshire
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with the Rapid Community Discharge Service based at RBH. We are looking to recruit a band 7 discharge facilitator for the Rapid Community Discharge. You will be working as part of a small team who work across 7 days a week Monday - Sunday to support and enable the effective flow of patients from the acute hospital ensuring successful and timely onward transition to the next step in the patient's pathway. This role entails working with multi-systems partners to ais patients' safe discharges from the acute unit to various community settings. You will be working closely with the organisation, integrated teams, key stakeholders, and partners.

You will be responsible for helping in developing junior staff, managing the digital medically optimised caseload with support of the Team Leads.

Excellent communication is a key skill required for the role you will have previous experience of working in the NHS. You will have excellent organizational and computer skills and be able to demonstrate an ability to navigate various systems and software packages.

Interviews to be held 4 October 2023


Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a senior discharge facilitator for the Rapid Community Discharge Team based at RBH

The postholder will need to work closely with key stakeholders within the Acute Trust - delivering a community driven, discharge to assess approach to discharge - enabling the effective flow of patients into the right service at the right time.

The team will work to ensure a seamless interface between RBH colleagues identifying patients medical fit for discharge, and then ready to leave hospital.

As discharge facilitator you will ensure successful and timely onward transition to the next step in a patients pathway - this will include liaising with ward based OT's, flow coordinators assigned to in - patient wards and complex case managers working on the early identification of patient prior to becoming medically fit . Facilitators are expected to work autonomously to manage patient discharges on every shift - taking appropriate actions to achieve a safe and timely discharge.

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Educated at degree level or equivalent.
  • People and networking skills to work effectively with colleagues and system partners - with excellent listening and communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of the various systems
  • Calm approach and ability to prioritise and work within a busy team

About us

For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • Salary ranging from 43,742 to 50,056 per annum.
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications/ Training


  • Evidence of post graduate study
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Registered clinician/social worker/ OR educated to degree level
  • Management Qualification

Previous Experience


  • Extensive experience of working in a community services setting
  • Previous experience of multi-agency collaboration working across professional boundaries
  • Ability to effectively challenge stakeholders while maintaining effective relationships
  • Knowledge of hospital discharge process


  • Experience of managing people and teams including performance management, sickness monitoring, recruitment, skill mix and staffing rotas

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant National policies and guidelines relevant to the area
  • Ability to work autonomously with individuals
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and an understanding of own leadership style
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to network and build relationships at all levels
  • Dynamic, highly determined, results focused and resilient and enjoys change and innovation and looks for win-win outcomes to conflict or disagreement
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail where accuracy is vitally important
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively within a team
  • IT skills
  • Evidence of excellent planning and organisational skills - and ability to prioritise workload


  • Knowledge of QI Methodology

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Hospital Discharge Team, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Reading, Berkshire


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