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Parkinson's Disease Specialist Practitioner

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is open to Registered Nurses or Allied Health Professionals with the relevant qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience.

This is an exciting time to join our passionate, supportive Movement Disorder team which is keen to explore new ways of working to deliver evidenced based, effective person-centred care for our population.

You need to have proven, excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence and motivate others. Most importantly be as driven as we are about delivering high quality care to those living with Parkinson's Disease and their families & care givers.

Our Movement Disorder service is hosted within the Healthcare of Older People and Neurology Departments and the service is jointly led by five Consultants two Geriatricians, two Neurologists and one Physician supported by two Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist Practitioners. Whilst Consultant services are predominantly out-patient based the Nurse Specialist Practitioners provide expert management, support and education across community and in-patient settings communicating and co-ordinating with health and social care teams with the aim of supporting those living with Parkinson's Disease to be as independent as possible with a focus on self-management.

Main duties of the job

Job Role:

Strengths Based Working (Respect and Dignity)o Working with potentially vulnerable adults and their families.o Managing distressing situations.

Individualised Approach (Everyone Counts)o Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating bespoke care for people with

Parkinson's disease, often regarding medication treatments, as a non-medical prescriber.

o Being a source of support to people with Parkinson's disease and their families, providing prompt intervention when required.

Quality (Commitment to Quality of Care)o Leading and participating in audit locally and nationally.o Leading participation in research and embedding this in to practice.Partnership and Collaborative Working (Working Together for People)o Working as part of the MD Team and wider Parkinson's service.o Working with national and local charities and support groups.Managing Connections and Relationships (Compassion)o Building relationships with patients and their families.o Working collaboratively with internal and external partners.Service Delivery and Improvement (Improving Lives)o Actively leading service development and participating in implementing changewhen required.o Active involvement in audit/research.

About us

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust became one of the first vertically integrated organisations in the country delivering acute and community health & social care services to a geographically & socially diverse population of 375,00 people. Our integrated health and wellbeing teams, specialist acute services and strong partnership working with Primary Care, DPT, Devon County Council & the ICB means we are in an excellent position to achieve the Trust's commitment of delivering a joined-up frailty pathway. Come and be part of our journey.

The Trust runs Torbay Hospital as well as four community hospitals, stretching from Dawlish to Brixham. We also provide health and social care to the local population.

We have around 500,000 face-to-face contacts with patients in their homes and communities each year and see over 78,000 people in our Emergency Department annually.

Our purpose is to provide safe, high-quality care and social care at the right time and in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full. This means that as an organisation we want people to:
  • Be empowered to manage their own health and care needs
  • Work in partnership with professionals
  • Only tell us their story once
  • Access seamless care easily
  • Have care in or close to home, whenever appropriate
  • Work together as a community to look after health and care needs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Primary Duties and Areas of Responsibilities:

Communication and Working Relationships Provide support and advice in relation to Parkinsons Disease Undertake nurse-led consultations for Parkinsons (PD) patients and support clinical management of patients. To include telephone F2F and Attend Anywhere. Provide input into patient care packages for potential discharge on wards or other acute areas e.g. ED, community hospital, Placement Liaise with acute and community teams to formulate a management plan to enable the patient to maintain optimal independence and symptom control. Referral to other staff / agencies as appropriate Promote self-management / educational programmes to patients, carers and professionals Maintain effective communication with the Parkinsons multidisciplinary team

Planning and Organisation Manage a clinical case-load. Provision of specialist, high quality, expert nursingcare and support for patients and their carers with a diagnosis of Parkinsons inline with Trust Policies and in liaison with the multidisciplinary team(s) and other health agencies. Facilitating rapid, appropriate assessment, referral to other teams (if required) and discharge To act as a resource for patients relatives and the clinical teams through the provision of comprehensive advice, information, teaching and training with regard to disease management Manage changes in practice in line with national and local developments to enhance the quality of care.

Responsibility and Accountability Contribute in audit processes. Formulate an annual report/clinical audit of own CNS service and outcomes

Maintaining and supporting effective communication with all persons associatedwith patient care or support. Active involvement in the development of the service locally and nationally. Assist with the design and facilitation of development programmes in relation to service development Monitor, facilitate and evaluate feedback to develop the service and enhance quality care. Ensure record keeping is accurate and contemporaneous. Maintain CPD and professional registration To prescribe within the sphere of Parkinsons disease.

Policy and Service ResponsibilityUpdated May 2021 Page 5 of 12 Keep up to date with policy developments nationally and locally. Support implementation of new guidance and policies Work with the team to formulate policies/guidelines and standard operating procedures and coordinate appropriate review.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources Whilst no principal budgetary responsibility as a prescriber, be able to work within the Trusts formulary of medications. To be familiar with and responsible for IT and other equipment required for the post. Be responsible in the use of all resources

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership and Management Access to your own clinical supervision and ensuring this is recorded. Participate in group supervision through the local PDNS Forum. Lead staff within the Hospital and community regarding best practice forParkinsons disease care. Lead and participate in implementing research in to practice, through ensuring you keep up to date. In addition, participating in research within this role and linking with the R & D Teams to enable this. Involvement in reviewing medication related incidents in this field (DatixReporting) Lead link staff in all settings ensuring appropriate supervision and education.

Information Technology and Administrative Duties To be familiar and competent with common IT systems Word, Excel, Trust systems for patient letters, Infoflex, PAS/IHCS, Cyberlab and WinDip. Embrace the use of technology to support patient care. You will be responsible for dictating and validating all clinical letters produced byyou

Person Specification

Qualifications, Training and Special Experience


  • Registered Practitioner Current NMC or HCP Registration BSc or evidence of working at degree level Minimum 2 years' experience at Band 6 or above
  • Non-Medical Prescriber or willing to commence this training within 12 months of appointment and maintain prescribing competency.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain clinical competencies.
  • Previous experience in Parkinson's or movement disorder specialities which demonstrates a level of expertise and knowledge in line with the post responsibilities.
  • Have excellent assessment and referral skills. To have excellent knowledge of Parkinson's disease and be able to advise and signpost others.
  • Experience of cross agency working
  • Understanding of clinical risk and the governances process


  • Post graduate qualification in Parkinson's Disease/Movement Disorders
  • Masters Qualification or evidence of working to Masters level
  • ENB teaching/mentoring course or equivalent
  • Willing to participate in Research and Development
  • Advanced Assessment Skills qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Newton Rd



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