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Continence Nurse Advisor

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Continence Nurse Advisor contributes to the provision of continence care within the continence team. The post holder will focus attention on the assessment of continence for all patients irrespective of their dwelling. The role requires competence in specific areas of knowledge and nursing expertise and the ability to provide advice, education and support to carers, staff and patients, within the Department of Health, NMC, NICE and RCN guidelines.

The post holder will be expected to perform comprehensive specialist assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.

Main duties of the job

To hold responsibility for own caseload, supervision takes the form of regular individual


To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To undertake evidence-based audit and or research projects to further own and team's

clinical practice with support and guidance from more senior staff

Provide day to day line management and support for Band 3-4 staff and ensure the remainder of the team are appropriately supported and managed.

To be aware of and to highlight to your line manager any clinical governance issues pertaining to your role and practice.

To contribute to the delivery of health promotion activities within the service and wider.

About us

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people.We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored.Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where youcan thrive and succeed.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To work under the indirect supervision of the Continence Clinical Lead for complex cases and to receive support while working on strategic development of the team/service.
  • To act as a role model and provide clinical and leadership support to Band 3-4 and appropriate delegation of tasks as required.
  • To participate in the ongoing development of evidence-based documentation including assessment tools, clinical guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • To work autonomously with patients and carers receiving referrals according to clinical need and priority using evidence-based practice to meet their needs.
  • To develop and sustain relationships and networks with groups, agencies and individuals in the best interest of patients.
  • To act as a resource of expertise and advice to staff, other health professionals and patients.
  • To assess and implement the holistic needs of continence patients and factors that impact on the patients overall condition, raising concerns as appropriate.
  • To provide high standards of care by assessing and clinically reasoning decisions made.
  • To analyse and interpret data and act accordingly based on a range of options.
  • To act as a point of contact for patients, carers and other staff members for continence advice and support
  • To work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team and other health professionals, organisations and agencies, to improve care for patients.
  • To treat others with empathy, particularly in complex and sensitive situations, and to include the patients and carers in discussions relating to a change in their condition.
  • To use evidence-based research to support clinical care and to audit and evaluate that care to enable improvement.
  • To undertake clinical supervision to identify learning needs and implement professional development plans that will improve practice.
  • To maintain adequate records within NMC requirements and work with a high level of autonomy and accountability.
  • To Instigate and identify the need for protection of vulnerable adults, including referral to socials services, report writing and presentation to relevant bodies.
  • To undertake or delegate health promotion and disease prevention activities with groups, individuals, and other staff.
  • To use risk assessment tools safely to manage high risk areas and ensure compliance with Health and Safety guidance.
  • To facilitate and participate in the delivery of continence training (internally and externally).
  • To act as a role model to Band 3-4 staff and comply with your professional code of conduct.
  • To participate in staff meetings, case conferences and data collection, audit, peer reviews, and surveys as required.
  • To work in line with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust policies and procedures
  • To facilitate a learning culture sharing knowledge and best practice across the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • NMC Registration Level 1 (Adult).
    • Mentorship in professional practice.
    • Evidence of professional development in accordance with Nursing & Midwifery Council Revalidation.
    • Teaching in house continence training.
    • Willingness to undertake physical examination course.
    Experience Essential
    • 2 years post registration experience.
    • Experience of looking after people with bladder and bowel problems.
    • Adult Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction Module.
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary setting.
    Skills & Knowledge Essential
    • Holistic and patient centred approach to care.
    • Multi -agency services available for adults and processes for referral.
    • Experience of sustaining change in practice.
    • Understanding of the role of specialised practice.
    Job Specific Requirements Essential
    • The ability to travel independently across the BEH sites.
    • Car Driver - Full UK Driving Licence and use of car for work.

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