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Specialist Practitioner Complex Care

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full Time : 37.5 hours per week

We are looking for an enthusiastic highly motivated specialist practitioner for complex care with a vision to develop and maintain high standards of safeguarding practice across the organisation. The role requires the individual to have an in-depth knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS) with experience of working within a complex health or social care organisation.

The postholder must be able to demonstrate excellent clinical skills, be a caring and compassionate individual focused on providing excellent quality patient care, working within the values held by the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Nurse for Complex Care is an integral part of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Safeguarding and Complex Care Team. The purpose of the job is to provide expert advice and guidance on the Mental Capacity Act (2005), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (2007) and Complex Care Issues by effective leadership, research, and education. The Trust's understanding of the Complex Care agenda is supporting those patients who require reasonable adjustments when accessing services such as those with, Learning Disability, Dementia, Delirium, or a mental health condition.

The post holder will do this through supporting activities to ensure that the organisation meets its Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards responsibilities with regards to young people (aged 16 and 17) and adults, implementing strategies, protocols, pathways, and action plans to strengthen the trusts management of both Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Complex Care matters.

The Specialist Nurse for Complex Care is available to provide expert advice and guidance to all Trust staff and promote best practice. The post holder will create an environment of continuous quality improvement and professional development to enable all staff to care for their patients with Complex Care needs effectively.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Degree
  • Evidence of / and willingness to gain additional training in relation to complex care issues
  • Teaching & assessing qualification or evidence of recent participation in the design and delivery of training


  • Masters or working towards
  • Qualification in Mental Capacity Act
  • Mentorship/ Assessor qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge of national and local safeguarding and MCA legislation, statutory guidance, and policy
  • At least 2 years' experience of working with a caseload that includes safeguarding children and /or safeguarding Adults and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of supporting change
  • Experience of managing multi-agency working / relationships
  • Experience of delivering improvements in patient safety and quality
  • Evidence of the proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners and training needs analysis.


  • Experience of developing and delivering educational programmes
  • Experience of managing / developing individuals and teams

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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