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Clinical Nurse Specialist and sonographer in Early Pregnancy care

Employer
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Liverpool
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Profession
Nurse
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
As a key member of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit team, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills and expertise in Early Pregnancy ultrasound. You will need to be able to work independently demonstrating a high level of competence, excellent communication skills and compassion.

The post-holder will deliver and contribute to the development of nurse led early pregnancy clinics, working as an autonomous practitioner, and delivering high quality, expert nursing care.

All ultrasound practitioners actively take part in the BMUS recommended peer audit process and participate in monthly learning meetings to discuss and challenge any outcomes, to constantly improve the scanning service we offer to our patients.

We really value the input of our ultrasound practitioners in how we operate our EPAU service, constantly striving to ensure our patients are at the centre of every decision made. The EPAU Department value teamwork and are committed to training and development.

The ultrasound practitioner will also be responsible for the management of miscarriage including commencing medical management, and arranging surgical management. Nurse led consultation, assessment and obtaining informed consent will also be part of your role.

The post holder will also be required to complete telephone triage assessments.

Main duties of the job

The ultrasound practitioner will be involved in the delivery of early pregnancy ultrasound services to all patients attending the department. They will be able to organise their workload efficiently and liase with referrers and other staff to optimise service delivery.

The Post Holder will work unsupervised in delivering aspects of ultrasound scanning, act independently, interpreting scan findings and producing written reports on examinations performed. Excellent communication skills are essential due to the need to deliver highly sensitive and potentially upsetting information to both patients and relatives.

The ultrasound practitioner will also assist in the training and supervision of students in Early Pregnancy. newly qualified staff and other professional groups. Peer audit review will be undertaken by the individual and monthly learning meetings attended to discuss and challenge issues, to constantly improve the scan service we offer to our patients.

We expect our ultrasound practitioner to actively help with governance and value their input on how we can achieve the best diagnostic outcomes.

About us

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust delivers the highest standards of care for women, babies and families. Each year we deliver over 7,500 babies, carry out over 49,000 gynaecological inpatient and outpatient procedures, care for over 1,000 poorly & preterm newborns, perform around 1,000 IVF cycles and have over 4,000 genetic appointments taking place. We believe that this along with a strong dedication to research & innovation makes us the specialist health provider of choice in Europe for women, babies and families.

We have some of the leading experts in their field, which has been showcased on national TV and news, making our teams famous across the world for professionalism, skill & compassion.

The Trust is constantly innovating and evolving it's services to provide the most cutting edge and modern care possible. As well as developing services on our current site we have long-term aspirations for the future. We have recently launched a number of new strategies which provide a detailed long-term plan for our services.

Check out why Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work using the links below:

Video: https://vimeo.com/556197652

Online brochure: https://www.liverpoolwomens.nhs.uk/media/4121/recruitment-pack-great-place-to-work-16pp-v4-final.pdf

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a clinical caseload.
  • Competency in ultrasound scanning in early pregnancy, be able to diagnose and interpret the results of normal and complex scans such as ectopic, molar and miscarriages. While also assessing for any gynaecological pathology such as fibroids or cysts and referring to the MDT as appropriate.
  • Be able to undertake consultations independently, including interpreting assessment, relevant history taking and physical and psychological assessment and transvaginal ultrasound.
  • Perform ultrasound scans in accordance with the safety guidance and recognise guidelines and can appropriately diagnose and communicate findings effectively to women and their families.
  • Produce a clinically accurate and diagnostic report that will enhance overall care according to Trust protocol, consequently influencing patient care and management.
  • After diagnosis to provide relevant management and care by providing patients with counselling, prescribing medications and/or gaining consent, depending on the appropriate management.
  • Facilitate nurse led clinics, face to face, online and telephone services


Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Aptitudes

Essential

  • Advanced knowledge of Early Pregnancy & miscarriage care.
  • Awareness of own professional accountability and the boundaries of autonomous practice.
  • Organisation, prioritisation, and time management skills.
  • Proven communication skills, both verbal & written.
  • IT literate.
  • Proven clinical judgement and decision making skills.


Qualifications & Learning

Essential

  • Registered Nurse (current registration)
  • First level degree (or equivalence through experience).
  • Master's degree level (7) of study (or equivalence through extensive experience in specialist field).
  • Evidence of continual professional development.
  • Evidence of further training in counselling or/and breaking bad news.


Experience

Essential

  • Significant post registration experience in early pregnancy
  • Experience in recognising the normal and abnormal pathology of pregnancy.


Desirable

  • Experience in developing policies, guidelines, protocols, and standards.
  • Experience in providing leadership and management within the team.
  • Experience in audit and review of service performance.


Personal Attributes

Essential

  • High level of self-motivation.
  • Assertive.
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Able to work as part of the MDT and wider departmental team.
  • Effective role model.
  • Calm and objective in challenging situations.
  • Demonstrable commitment to, and focus on quality and safety, promoting continual improvement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a sensitive and emotional work environment.


Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Liverpool Women's Hospital

Crown Street

Liverpool

L8 7SS

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