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Nurse Specialist (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Epilepsy Nurse Specialist to join an established service providing epilepsy care to adults across the region. The service provides expert assessment, advice, training and intervention supporting the medical and surgical management of patients with epilepsy. This will be carried out via medical and nurse led clinics and telephone support.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Primary care, the voluntary sector and Multi-disciplinary team to provide responsive and supportive service to those with a diagnosis of epilepsy. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, and will be able to work collaboratively with all members of the team and Primary care. You will be involved in the development of person centred care plans and training in order to optimise health outcomes, reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life of the individuals you support. You will be expected to work autonomously in the role with the support of the other members of the epilepsy nurse team and contribute to research.

About us

The successful applicant should be a Registered Nurse with experience of working with people with epilepsy. The Non Medical Prescribing qualification would be advantageous. The successful applicant will be supported through clinical supervision and training to develop further knowledge and skills to support people who have epilepsy.

To discuss the post further please contact our Epilepsy Specialist Nurses Jo Geldard and Elizabeth Wright on 0113 3928128.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Jobholder is responsible for the management of a defined caseload. The jobholder carries responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care. The jobholder will provide specialist nursing care and advice to a specific patient group and will contribute to the development of the speciality service. The jobholder will ensure cost effective use of resources.

The post holder will work within a team of Neurology Nurse Specialists.


Acts in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct

Clinical care delivery

- Provide a clinical lead and role model to nursing staff by delivering high quality care.

- Undertake clinical procedures where dexterity and accuracy are required

- Maintain a safe working environment

Responsibilities for patient and client care

- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care and treatments using specialist clinical knowledge and clinical skills

- Organises own clinical workload.

- Receives supervision of clinical care and outcomes from nurse specialist team leader.

Freedom to act

- Refer patients as appropriate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team

- Make clinical assessments and treatment decisions within clearly defined policies and protocols


- Maintains accurate clinical and other records using the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trusts documentation.

- Support patients and their families, communicating sensitive condition related information, ensuring they receive required information to enable them to participate in their care delivery

- Liaise with Community Services (as appropriate) to ensure seamless provision of care delivery

Education and Training

- Provide training and education of learners and other junior staff

- Actively participate in the development of own personal development plan and performance review

- Provide education and training to patients and their carers.

- Keep up to date with developments, advances within the specialty

Leadership and management

- Investigate and respond to accidents, complaints, untoward incidents and other significant events

- Maintains record of workload and performance monitoring information and reviews this on a regular basis with team manager.

- Work with Team Leader and/or Matron to promote the development of nurses undertaking the CNO Ten Key Roles as considered appropriate

- Under the direction of the Team Manager participates in or lead the development of specific elements of nursing practice, reflecting the CMT and Nursing Directorate business plans

- Participates in the setting, monitoring and improvement of standards and quality of patient care, including those standards defined in the National Benchmarks for Essential Care

- Promote evidence based practice, wherever possible

- Engage users and carers views on service delivery and development.

- Implement policy and practice guidelines specific to the clinical specialty, proposing changes where appropriate

- Contribute to policy and protocol development for speciality area.


- Responsible for the day to day supervision of junior clinical staff and students within the specialist team.


- Exercises a personal duty of care in relation to equipment, resource and stock control utilising equipment and supplies appropriately.

Research and Audit

- Contribute to the research agenda

- Undertake audit programmes specific to client group, treatments and developments.

- Participate in clinical trials as appropriate.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Commitment to delivering high quality evidence-based care

Commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team

Commitment to the specialty area, valuing the contribution of all team members, encouraging a positive and creative working environment

Commitment to own personal and professional development and to the development of others within the team.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.



All grades nursing staff

Allied Health Professionals

Medical staff

Members of Clinical Management Team

Primary Care Trusts



There is a frequent requirement for job holder to spend a substantial proportion of their working time sitting or standing in a restricted position and an occasional requirement to exert moderate physical effort.


There is a frequent requirement for the job holder to concentrate where their work pattern may be unpredictable.


The nature of the clinical and none clinical duties will require the job holder to be involved in distressing or emotional circumstances on a frequent basis.


The nature of the clinical and none clinical duties will require the job holder to be involved in occasional exposure to unpleasant or highly unpleasant working conditions.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Level 1)
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Willing to undergo training as necessary


  • Post registration qualification in specialty



  • Current issues in healthcare
  • Significant experience working as a Band 5 Staff Nurse or equivalent
  • post registration experience of which there has been substantial experience gained within the relevant specialty area
  • Experience in Audit & Standard setting
  • Understanding of the local and national nursing agenda
  • Understanding of relevant National Service Frameworks (if appropriate)
  • Awareness of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust guidelines and policies
  • Understanding of organisational structures


  • Service development and/or change management

Skills & behaviours


  • Capable of lateral thinking
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Teaching and assessment skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Understanding of research-based practice research conscious
  • Team Player
  • Flexibility, adaptable, capable of lateral thinking

Additional Requirements


  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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