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Senior Discharge Co-Ordinator

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Working as a Complex Senior Discharge Coordinator, the post holder will help facilitate and develop practice that promotes safe and timely discharge for patients throughout Kettering General hospital while maintaining that the patient and carers journey is excellent.

The post holder will work in collaboration with internal and external multidisciplinary agencies to develop clear safe discharge plans for those patients requiring ongoing support following an acute hospital admission

You will support and guide staff within the hospital in the excellent delivery of (safe patient discharges) Your knowledge and skills that you will develop will make you the expert in all matters relating to discharge.

You will lead and manage a team of discharge coordinator undertaking HR duties and providing a supervisory role.

The post holder will create and deliver discharge training to trust staff.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a new Senior Discharge Co-Ordinator, as a fixed term contract for a 10 month period.

We are looking for pro-active, highly motivated individuals who can work autonomously and as part of a large multidisciplinary team. The applicant will be expected to be enthusiastic, organised, and have excellent communication and IT skills.

This is an exciting new post the Senior Discharge Co-Ordinator will work across seven days of the week. The role will focus on supporting the flow of our patients to ensure all discharges are timely and meet the patients' needs by liaising with members of the multi-disciplinary teams.

You will proactively support and facilitate timely and safe discharges from hospital to home or onward care settings. You will need to be prepared to work evenings, weekends, and bank holidays, on a rota basis.

You will need to demonstrate resilience and willingness to embrace and drive forward change, have the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals within the Integrated Discharge Team.

The candidate should demonstrate strong communication/negotiating skills and be able to work closely with members of the MDT and other stakeholders to facilitate timely and safe discharges to aid patient flow within the hospital.

You will provide leadership, expertise, and advice to staff pertaining to all matters of discharge.

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. Our Excellence Values: Compassion Respect Integrity Courageous Accountable

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description & Personal Specification that is attached to this vacancy for a full detailed insight of the job.

Person Specification



  • Degree or NVQ IV/Diploma in Management
  • Professional health or related profession allied to medicine qualification e.g. RN, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social worker or similar qualification or experience
  • Evidence of post graduate Continuing Professional Development and its application


  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by post-graduate specialist training or experience to Masters level or equivalent

Key Competencies


  • Enthusiastic / highly motivated
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work collaboratively to meet the client and service users objective
  • Able to be courteous at all times and respect individual dignity
  • Show respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances
  • Encourages awareness of self and others
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating people with respect


  • Quality / excellence focus
  • Ability to manage change



  • Experience either in a similar role or at band 5 grade or above managing a demanding general clinical area
  • Clinical knowledge in order to challenge decision making
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding principles and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Able to demonstrate integration of theory and practice to an enhanced lev


  • Knowledge/understanding of principles of good care practice
  • Comprehensive knowledge of issues related to discharge planning
  • Management responsibility for a group of staff potential through facilitating training, development and education initiatives
  • Ability to function at the interface of primary and secondary care
  • Multi-disciplinary working and ability to provide the clinical/nursing lead in multi-disciplinary decision making
  • Understanding the significance of safeguarding and interpreting this accurately for all vulnerable adults



  • Leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate integration of theory and practice to an enhanced lev
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Organisational skills and ability to plan and prioritise, while working under pressure
  • Ability to empathise, understand and assess the needs of older people with disabilities


  • Ability to be proactive, provide strong leadership to staff and motivate them in times of change
  • Conflict management

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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