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Pleural Specialist Nurse

North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Pleural Nurse Specialist to join the well-established, supportive pleural team at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust.

The successful candidate will work as part of our multi-disciplinary team ensuring the delivery of specialist information, advice and support to a consistently high quality for patients, their families and carers with pleural disease. You would be joining a proactive and forward-thinking team that prides itself on its ability to deliver individualised compassionate care for patients and relatives.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated nurse with excellent organisational, team work and communication skills. It would be desirable for the successful candidate to have significant knowledge and experience of respiratory, and ideally pleural disease.

The pleural role will include coordinating and providing after care follow up for patients with indwelling pleural catheters. You will also act as a point of contact for patients, their families and carers, by attending outpatient clinics, inpatient wards where necessary, and by other means of communication.

If you are passionate about ensuring an excellent patient journey for mesothelioma and pleural disease patients, then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership and expertise in pleural medicine by providing a high quality service through information, support, advice and specialist knowledge to patients, their families and carers and to act as a resource to the multi-professional team. The post holder will assist co-ordination of patient care, ensuring continuity throughout the patient's care pathway. The post holder will be pivotal in review and development of the service to meet the needs of the patient group.

To liaise closely with the health care teams of inpatient wards, outpatient department and primary care, including Consultant Physicians and GP's. The post holder will demonstrate wide and in-depth experience of all aspects of pleural medicine, exercising clinical leadership and effective education within their sphere of practice. He/she will monitor and improve standards of care through clinical audit, leading the development of practice through research.

The scope of the role will include development of skills in patient assessment, pleural ultrasound and procedural skills to support the admission avoidance service. Therefore, ability to work independently in a clinical setting and undertake invasive procedures will be essential, but training and supervision will be provided by our existing supportive team

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead.

We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialties.

Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals.

We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Bristol has been voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local Music, Arts and Restaurants with a wide range of shopping areas.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.To coordinate nurse led clinics for patients who are under the care of a Consultant Respiratory Physician specialising in pleural disease, implementing diagnostic and therapeutic management and procedural skills as identified

2.Assist in coordinating and providing after care follow up for patients requiring Medical Thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheters (IPC)

3.To respond to telephone enquiries and assess patients via telephone communication to co-ordinate admissions, change outpatient appointments or alter treatment, as warranted by the patients clinical condition, in liaison with the medical team
  • To act as a point of contact for patients, their families and carers, by attending outpatient clinics and inpatient wards where necessary, and by other means of communication e.g. telephone and email
  • To operate autonomously at an advanced level of clinical practice providing research based expert care and advice to all patients and colleagues
  • To maintain high standards of care by personal example and conduct and be a credible practitioner within the clinical area
  • To contribute to service development and the development of nurse led initiatives in liaison with Senior Nurse/Service Manager/Operational Manager/Assistant Director of Nursing
  • To plan, develop, formulate and review nurse-led protocols and Patient Group Directions specific to the service and update as required in liaison with others
  • To contribute towards divisional, Trust and corporate objectives and service plans
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  • Person Specification



    • Relevant specialist Qualification
    • Evidence of recent formal professional development in pleural disease
    • Subtabtive post registration nursing experience in respiratory nursing (ideally pleural)
    • Experience of undertaking audit and/or research projects


    • PACR Qualification
    • Non Medical Prescribing Qualification
    • Previous experience in a CNS or ANP role

    Employer details

    Employer name

    North Bristol NHS Trust


    Brunel Building

    Southmead Hospital Westbury-On Trym


    BS10 5NB

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