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Heart Failure Nurse Specialist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Milford Haven
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the community Heart Failure team in Pembrokeshire. We are looking for an experienced registered nurse with a high level of skill and theoretical knowledge. The post is 15 hours part time.The team delivers specialist nursing skills to people diagnosed with heart failure access, multidisciplinary care planning and care interventions designed to reduce hospital admissions, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes.The team works closely with cardiology consultants, multi-professional cardiology colleagues, primary care, and community based nursing teams/services.Excellent verbal/written communication, organisational skills are essential for this role. A working knowledge of heart failure management and completion of a post-registration heart failure course is essential, whilst a non-medical prescribing V300 qualification would be desirable.

Main duties of the job

o To manage, a defined caseload of clients with highly complex needs using evidence based/client centred principle, and to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions across the primary /secondary interface.o Co-ordinate, facilitate and develop evaluation strategies for the delivery of Heart Failure Services.o Assess patients, plan and implement care, provide specialist advice and maintain associated records for people with complicated Heart Failure. They will be primary care based and will proactively manage a high-risk caseload.o The post-holder will work collaboratively with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that the health care needs of individuals are met, to include collegial heart failure nurses, General Practitioners, Consultants and Cardiologist, and allied community nursing services.o They will work autonomously in patients' homes, clinical premises and hospitals to co-ordinate the care needs of patients on the caseload.o They will have excellent communication skills and support and encourage patient/carer interventions and education providing expert support, advice and an educational resource to other members of the nursing team and other disciplines as required.o Demonstrate the Health Board's values and promote those values in others.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (six of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 06/12/2023.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Registered Nurse Part 1 of NMC register
  • Recognised Heart Failure post graduate course to masters level or equivalent experience
  • Holder of a degree or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Knowledge of cardiac care and demonstrable practice
  • Knowledge of Primary / Secondary prevention of heart failure
  • Knowledge of Heart Failure pathway Primary Care / Acute interface


  • Independent nonmedical prescribing (or actively working towards
  • Recognised teaching qualification or experience



  • Significant post registration experience, including definitive experience in cardiac nursing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable clinical assessment skills, Primary Care / Secondary care experience
  • Experience of nurse led clinics


  • Experience of undertaking clinical audits
  • Experience of Project planning

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Milford Haven Healthcare Centre

Milford Haven

SA73 2LL

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