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Rapid Response Practitioner (Nurse/ Paramedic / Therapist)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inc. HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Band 6 Staff Nurse or Paramedic or therapist seeking a new challenging role in the community? The CIS Westminster Rapid Response Service is currently seeking to employ a Band 6 Nurse or Paramedic or therapist with substantial acute care experience.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

CIS Westminster Rapid Response is a Physical health admission avoidance service. Potential post holders must possess a valid UK Driving licence (a car will be provided when required). Within the supporting information of your application form, please specify that you're seeking an opportunity within Physical, not Mental, health services.

You will need to possess at least basic knowledge of physical assessment skills (ideally you will have completed the Physical Assessment Module); Be forward thinking and able to prioritise based on clinical need. Acute care skills and knowledge are essential.

Youmustpossess a full driving license in order to be offered this role (a pool car will be provided while working with us).

About us

CIS Westminster Rapid Response Service covers the entire borough of Westminster. Our overall aim is to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, as part of the NHS Long term plan. The benefits of keeping patients in their own homes are numerous and varied, from reducing Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAIs) to promoting ongoing independence. The work we do is in line with the NHS Long term plan (2019).

Rapid Response accepts referrals from a multitude of sources, such as General Practitioners, London Ambulance Service and other community services. You might be asked to assess, plan and treat somebody with a Chest Infection; a Urinary Tract Infection or perhaps even a painful toe! The service is varied and no two days are frequently alike.

Within the team we have Rapid Response Technicians B4; Registered Nurses; Paramedics and Physiotherapists (PT). We work together closely with our OT/PT colleagues, often undertaking joint patient visits to meet all of their needs.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken. To work within the standards and guidelines of the team, the Trust, The NMC Code and HCPC.
  • To deliver nursing/therapy care to patients within their home, that is technically excellent, expressly personal and ensures patients and carers dignity is enhanced.
  • To address distressing and emotional needs of patients and carers in an exemplary manner.
  • To undertake highly skilled and complex nursing/therapy activities directly related to the assessment, planning and evaluation of patient care.
  • To make skilled clinical decisions and communicate the rationale clearly.
  • To ensure effective implementation of infection control policies.
  • Management of complex patient care ensuring that risks are adequately assessed, minimised, translated into appropriate care plans and reported across the organisation as appropriate.
  • Manage the effective coordination and continuity of patient care working closely with external agencies and community colleagues.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is contemporary to meeting the needs of patients and families.
  • To ensure that each patient has a comprehensive assessment of need, including risk assessment and that their care is culturally sensitive and addresses issues of diversity.
  • To provide health information and health promotion for patients and their families on the caseload including formal pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with chronic obstructive airways disease.
  • To participate in resource projects and health promotion programmes as requested.
  • To work closely with the acute trust, GP, nursing and therapy colleagues to prevent inappropriate hospital admissions.
  • Attend regular MDT meetings with acute services, therapists, social services, care homes and GP Practices.
  • To evaluate your practice through audit and outcome measures with support of senior colleagues when required. To participate in Quality Improvement work.
  • To work with the acute hospitals to prevent admission to hospital such as in-reaching.
  • To maintain and develop specific departmental duties as designated by service lead.
  • To undertake any other duties that may be allocated.
  • To work at other sites in the trust of required.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Nurse with current NMC registration OR Paramedic or Therapist with current HCPC Registration
    • Bachelor's Degree (or working towards)
    • Evidence of continued professional development
    • Advanced Clinical Assessment Course (or willingness to undertake)
    • Independent Nurse Prescriber V300 (or working towards)
    • Mentorship qualification / Practice Assessor
    Previous Experience Essential
    • Substantial previous experience of acute care (Preferably in Paramedic care, UCC, ITU, AMU, MAU, CCU or A&E)
    • Evidence of working within the MDT
    • Understanding of the role of Primary care in admission prevention and supporting a timely discharge
    • Community working
    Skills and Knowledge Essential
    • Able to communicate with the multi- disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
    • Maintaining accurate, timely, concise and legible clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
    • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
    • Able to maintain electronic patient records (SystmOne)
    • Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
    • Care planning: being able to assess patients, develop, implement and evaluate a care plan
    • Empowering and working in partnership
    • Safeguarding and advocacy
    • Understanding how the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards impacts on their work and the people they are working with
    • Understanding how the Mental Health Act impacts on their work and the people they are working with
    • Understanding the concept of quality and their role in improving safety, clinical outcomes and the patient experience
    • Infection control and Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT)
    • Manual Handling
    • Obtaining Consent
    • Medicines management and administration
    • Intravenous Therapy
    • Wound care
    • Urinary Catheterisation (Male & Female)
    • Ability to work in collaboration with other team members
    • Work well with other members of the team including communicating effectively, being kind and considerate, reliable and enthusiastic
    • Aid change management in the service by being supportive and bringing solutions to problems
    • Act as the Clinical Supervisor for Healthcare Assistants and/or Band 5 Registered Nurses/Paramedics/Therapist
    • Ability to act as Nurse / Paramedic/ Therapist in Charge of Shift (Clinician of the Day - COD)
    Attitudes and Aptitudes Essential
    • Demonstrates and lives CNWL behaviour core values
    • Awareness of team work and able to perform to a high standard within a team framework
    • Motivated to own personal development
    • Apply suggestions, recommendations and directives to improve services
    Other Essential
    • Awareness of NHS polices in respect to primary care and reducing hospital admissions (including the NHS Long Term Plan)
    • Full and valid UK driving licence

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