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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Epilepsy

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a inc. HCA (Pro Rata)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experience paediatric nurse to join the tertiary epilepsy team for a 1 year fixed-term contract- 30hrs per week.

Our Clinical Nurse Specialists are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team working together to deliver this specialist service, promoting treatment pathways that empower & support children and families to manage their condition and help to minimise hospital admissions. You will be responsible for developing and working within evidence-based specialist pathways of care, guidelines, protocols and patient group directives to support patients and their families to improve care delivery.

Closing date: 27/11/2023

Interview date: 5/12/2023

Main duties of the job

You will be an expert communicator and educator, able to manage complex situations and support children and families through clinic attendance and out of hospital support. Liaison with other centres and all our community partners are key to safety and progression of our patient's care. You will have the opportunity to develop and learn more about complex epilepsy, VNS programming, Behaviour management and the Ketogenic Diet. Previous Experience in epilepsy is highly desirable.

The CNS role ensures that the child's experience is of the highest quality inspiring child, family and public confidence. This will be achieved through high visibility, accessibility and surveillance.

Please email us to discuss the opportunity further.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

At Evelina, we are reminded every day of how important life is, and how important it is to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff as they balance of responsibilities in and out of work. We are committed to supporting flexible working we want to support you to 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities
  • work autonomously, managing a caseload of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care
  • Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.
  • Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.
  • Actively engage service users through the facilitation of user groups and open days.
  • Co-ordinate the provision of specialist services to patients, both within hospital and/or in the community setting, effectively liaising with multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Develop and run nurse led clinics where the post holder will co-ordinate the treatment in conjunction with medical staff, and provide treatment which may include minor surgical procedures for patients.
  • Direct, support, encourage and advise clinical teams, by the provision of specialist knowledge and advice in the care of patients within the area.
  • Participate in the promotion of patient centred care, and establish and maintain a supportive relationship with the patient and their family during the period of assessment, treatment and after care
  • Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their treatment and management.
  • Promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the development of the specialist service, through the use of evidence based practice and clinical standards
  • Provide professional and clinical leadership and expertise in the speciality and to act as a resource for education and clinical expertise in the hospital and community settings.
  • Demonstrate appropriate expert practice and highly specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed diagnostic procedures/clinical investigations.
  • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood
  • Responsible for the correct administration of blood products.
  • Promote and deliver high standards of care at all times, which utilises research-based evidence, and is audited and improved accordingly.
  • Participate in the promotion of the specialist service through dissemination of specialist knowledge, both locally and nationally.
  • Act as a role model, demonstrating high standards of care and providing clinical leadership in the specialist areas.
  • Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationship between clinicians, practitioners and managers within the specialty, across the Trust and in the community
  • Actively participate in local, national and international networking to maintain and develop expert level of knowledge in the specialty.
  • Provide a seamless, high quality service from referral through to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and review.
  • Develop and evaluate assessment tools that will ensure an appropriate level of nursing intervention so that patients who present with the most complex needs receive the most appropriate specialist care.
  • Work in conjunction with a clinical consultant to lead a patient focuses service.
  • Act as patient advocate when appropriate, respecting patient confidentiality and privacy with respect for diverse cultural backgrounds and requirements.
  • To be designated to take charge of the area in the absence of the person holding continuing responsibility.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for details

Person Specification



  • Extensive experience of working autonomously at an advanced level within the specialist area delivering effective patient focused care.
  • Proven evidence of management / leadership skills and autonomous practice
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education at undergraduate level
  • Experience of delivering patient advocacy

Values & behaviours


  • Trust Values & behaviours



  • Advanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills in specialty.
  • Evidence of teaching skills in particular teaching patients in how to manage their conditions and raise their awareness of their condition.
  • Proven listening / counselling skills with the ability to manage complex situation and appropriately deliver sensitive and difficult outcomes.
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • IT skills
  • Presentation skills


  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex data and findings

Qualifications and Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • RN1 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.
  • Mentorship
  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Leadership course
  • Post registration qualification in appropriate area of speciality or equivalent post qualification experience.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminster Bridge Raod



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