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Parkinson's Specialist Practitioner

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata for part-time
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual to join the University Hospitals Dorset's (UHD) Parkinson's Service, part of Older People's' Services and Neurosciences. The service is transforming in response to the needs of our community and our team are always developing to be able to deliver safe, effective and patient-centred care. This is an opportunity for someone to be involved in shaping the transformation in delivery of our services.

This role requires: Professional registration with relevant professionalbody

Based at : Poole

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Parkinsons Specialist Practitioner you will provide a weekday service to people with Parkinson's. You will work closely with Neurologists, Older People's Services Consultants, Pharmacists, General Practitioners, Therapists, Social Services and voluntary groups to enhance the care and improve the quality of life to people with Parkinson's.

You will be supported in your development to manage this patient group including patients with Multiple System Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. You will be required to have experience of working independently in a band 7 clinical role and managing a caseload of patients.

The role of the Parkinsons Specialist Practitioner is multifaceted, you will work autonomously incorporating key functions practice policy and standard development, education, research and professional development. The ultimate aim is to provide a co-ordinated, accessible, well-governed service for patients with Parkinsons that provides compassionate holistic, high-quality evidence-based care. You will have the ability to work autonomously and make key decisions to influence patient care. Training and education for patients and their families is a key element to the role, and you will play an active part in encouraging patients to manage their long-term condition. Practitioner-led clinics are a crucial part of the role and you will manage your own clinics and undertake domiciliary visits, with the support and guidance from senior members of the Parkinson's Service team as well as the Consultant team.

The post is currently based at both Poole and Christchurch sites with clinics also held at Wimborne and Swanage hospital.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration with relevant professional body
  • English GCSE at C Grade, or Functional Skills English Level 2 (certificates required). Maths GCSE at C Grade, or Functional Skills Maths Level 2 (certificates required)
  • Degree level qualification
  • Relevant post-graduate specialist course or able to demonstrate evidence of training around treatment/support for patients with long term conditions


  • Advanced communication / counseling courses
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, using a range of methods, e.g. verbal, written, record keeping , complex report writing
  • Commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role
  • Act as a professional role model
  • Seeks out, and takes, opportunities for improving the service offered, with customer focus in foresight

Technical Skills Competencies


  • Clinical skills in patient assessment and development /implementation of treatment plans
  • Computer literacy using a range of software
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a busy environment and resilience when the service is under pressure.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.



  • Demonstrable experience of working independently in a Band 7 Clinical role
  • Experience in managing a defined caseload of patients
  • Demonstrable theoretical and practical knowledge of managing long-term conditions

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole and other off site clinics and home visits

Longfleet Road


BH15 2JB

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