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Frailty Specialist Nurse

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Elderly care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our passionate and forward-thinking frailty team. A role has become available as a Frailty Specialist Nurse, as we continue to develop our frailty service. Working with the current team of Consultants, ACP's, and GP trainees in AAU and ED. You will play a pivotal role in reviewing patients and carrying out Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments to ensure Frail patients receive holistic care.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work autonomously to ensure that patients are consulted with, informed and supported with care needs, treatment and discharge decisions. Work in collaboration with other colleagues and members of the multidisciplinary team to provide the highest possible standard of care and support to frail older patients and their families.

To act as a source of expertise and knowledge for patients and other health care professionals undertaking a lead role in the promotion and development of services for patients across the primary / secondary interface.

Undertake a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) of patients with clinical frailty within the emergency setting to facilitate appropriate clinical decision making, treatment, care and discharge planning. Advise and support nursing staff, junior doctors and therapists in clinical decision making and care provision for patients following a CGA.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description for full details.

Key Tasks:

  • Exercise professional accountability and uphold the NMC Code.
  • Use reflection to formulate and prioritise areas for self-development.
  • Develop and maintain own professional knowledge and skills through life-long learning.
  • Encourage and promote continual quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Act as a role model, providing clinical leadership to all staff, maintaining morale and promoting effective team work.
  • Network with professional colleagues throughout the Trust to ensure best practice is shared and improvements to patient care are made.
  • In conjunction with the Service Manager / Matron constructively contribute to the implementation of change projects within the frailty service, supporting others in understanding the need for making agreed changes.

  • Undertake a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) of patients with clinical frailty within the emergency setting to facilitate appropriate clinical decision making, treatment, care and discharge planning.
  • Provide specialist informed advice following a CGA which is tailored to the individual.
  • Advise and support nursing staff, junior doctors and therapists in clinical decision making and care provision for patients following a CGA.
  • Organise and manage own caseload and practice.
  • Undertakes independent prescribing for own caseload within the limits of the post holders competence and the requirement of the nurse practitioner role.
  • Liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team both within the Trust and with colleagues in primary care to ensure a seamless provision of care for patients with clinical frailty.
  • Act as a patient and family carer advocate for people with clinical frailty, enabling and supporting effective communication between patients, family carers and the MDT.
  • Network with local community, social care and voluntary organisations in appropriate forums to develop services to meet the needs of people with clinical frailty and their family carers.
  • Support patients, their family carers and staff in Advance care planning discussions

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • NMC Registration Level 1
  • Preparation for Mentorship / relevant teaching qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Degree in Nursing
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by Diploma level specialist training, experience, short courses


  • Physical Examination Skills Module (or willing to work towards)
  • Independent Nurse Prescribing (or willing to work towards)

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience of working as an independent practitioner
  • Patient caseload management
  • Expert in clinical skills
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Experience of planning and implementing relevant training
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge of clinical governance


  • Care of the Elderly/Frailty experience
  • Evidence of management skills
  • Evidence of research or published work
  • Masters Level/considering
  • Masters Level Programme
  • IT skills

Skills & Abilities


  • Professional manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Problem solving skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Awareness of own limitations
  • Ability to be visionary
  • Able to work alongside staff to teach and mentor
  • Supportive to all staff
  • Able to focus on and support national and local targets/initiatives for health improvement


  • Ability to present teaching in a variety of ways

Personal Qualities


  • Eager to embrace change and develop services for the benefit of patients
  • Confidence in autonomous face-to-face patient interactions
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet the needs of the service
  • Understanding and commitment to care of patients
  • Acts with integrity at all times
  • Able to identify issues and solutions
  • Approaches role with optimism and curiosity
  • Looks after self and others
  • Friendly and compassionate

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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