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Frailty Specialist Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Elderly care nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, self-motivated nurse to join our growing team and become a member of our Frailty Service within the Acute Assessment Unit and urgent care services. As a specialist nurse you will take a lead role in co-ordinating patient care within our multi-professional service working with a home first approach. The team is committed to developing a holistic experience for our patients based on local and national agenda's around frailty. We are part of an integrated team with Livewell South West focusing on admission avoidance. We work closely with acute and community teams in assessing, investigating, planning and treating our patients on the same day. The post holder will have a range of assessment and clinical skills and show expertise in acute frail aspects of urgent care. As a fairly new service the post holder will have opportunity to drive forward future developments of the frailty service.

This is a full time post working 37.50 hours per week including 7 day working and unsocial hours. For further information please contact Julie Ball, Lead Frailty Nurse Tel: 01752 439833.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the assessment and delivery of high-quality evidence-based care for acutely ill patients within the Acute Frailty Unit, with the aim of working in preventing avoidable hospital admission.

To reduce hospital admissions and minimise hospital lengths of stay by providing intensive and advanced nursing input and involving and working very closely with appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Planning Individualised Patient Care

  • Responsibility for the specialist assessment, provision, and co-ordination of care to individual patients in conjunction with patients and carers.

    Advises and supports other staff in their planning of patient care.

    Provides support and advice to patients carers and relatives (with consent) on patients conditions and prognosis where appropriate.

    Responsibility for reviewing care delivery and maintaining records in accordance with local and with NMC guidelines.

    Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team

    Acts as patient representative to facilitate appropriate care pathways which involves effective communication to peers, other specialist practitioners, GPs, and Consultants.
  • Delivery of Direct Care

  • To assess, plan and evaluate care provided for patients including those with complex needs. Facilitates the monitoring of evidence-based standards through research, clinical trials, audits, and staff initiatives. Initiates prescribed care in conjunction with Team Manager/Consultant/GP and other clinicians. Without direct supervision, reporting directly to Consultant Physician or AGP undertakes care delivery involving an extensive range of activities acquired through additional short courses or equivalent experience:
    • Acute and chronic disease awareness / management
    • Assisting the multi-disciplinary team in palliative care
    • Acute/chronic pain management
    • Facilitating appropriate care for elimination needs
    • Wound assessments and management
    • Blood glucose monitoring
    • Health promotion
    • Acting as a formal mentor to pre-registration nursing students
    • Adopting link roles
    • Intravenous drug, fluid therapy, infusions
    • Administration of Nebulised drugs
    • Administration of oxygen therapy
    • Computer skills
    • Liaising with and referring on to other agencies and professionals
    • Pulse oximetry and interpretation
    • Venepuncture and venous cannulation
    • Management of central and mid lines
    • Performing ECGs
    • In-depth history taking

    Develop advanced clinical assessment skills that have the potential to allow for the implementation of appropriate tests and procedures and are pivotal to ensuring that individuals receive the most appropriate plan of care recognising and managing emergency situations e.g. treatment of anaphylaxis and cardiac/respiratory arrest. Undertake and interpret acute observations using an appropriate tool e.g., Mews, ABCDE
  • Management and Leadership:

  • Delegation, line management and supervision of workload of junior staff within the team as directed by the Band 7 team manager. Carrying out appraisal and line management of those staff reporting to the job holder as per organisation policy. Participate in the recruitment process. Have on-going responsibility and duty of care for patients, staff, self, and others in all aspects of Health, Safety and Risk. Act as a role model, promoting good performance and practice. Reporting of all incidents and near misses. Supporting team manager in investigations of incidents. Inform managers of any on-going nursing/management issues affecting patient care or working capacity. Act as authorised signatory for expenses as delegated by team manager. Deputise for line manager in absence. Act as shift co-ordinator on a rotational basis.
  • Professional

  • To work within the NMC code. To remain updated and competent and ensure that clinical practice is evidence based. To have an up-to-date personal development plan and professional portfolio.

    To participate in an annual appraisal of their work in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) where the job description will be reviewed, and objectives set. In line with the annual development plan the post holder will be expected to undertake any training or development required to fulfil their role.
  • Education and Training

  • Support the team manager in providing and maintaining a learning environment and maximise opportunities for education and development in the clinical are to enhance individual development and performance in the delivery of high standards of care.

    Take part in the process of clinical supervision and support clinical supervision for junior team members. Take responsibility for your own personal and professional development maintain competence, knowledge, and skills commensurate with role. To undertake all required training and competencies required for the role. Maintain attendance at mandatory and statutory training as per organisation guidelines. Integrate theory into practice by bringing new knowledge around acute care from training into the practice environment. Act as a mentor for students and fulfil requirements of a practice placement. To facilitate induction for new members of the team. Act as a link nurse for speciality to enhance team education.
  • Research

  • Actively participate in audit as directed by the Team Manager. Collect, collate and evaluate a range of information to support clinical and service audit. Maintain accurate and up to date patient records, data bases and specialist reporting in accordance with organisation policy and professional guidance. Support the team manager in working towards the achievement of specific performance targets related to the team.

    For further details please see attached JD& PS

    Person Specification

    Knowledge and Experience


    • oBackground proven knowledge of Government policies relating to ambulatory frailty care.
    • oProven knowledge of Frailty Nurse Competencies


    • oProven knowledge of Secondary & Primary Care Sector



    • oRegistered Nurse (Adult)
    • oRecognised teaching or mentorship qualification at degree level or equivalent qualification


    • oRecognised Acute Care Assessments module

    Aptitude and Abilities


    • oClinical and leadership demonstrable experience
    • oProven Post Registration

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Acute Frailty Unit @ UHP

    Derriford Road


    PL6 8DH

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