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Regional Network Co-ordinator

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
The Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre is one of the leading spinal cord injuries centres nationally and one of eight centres in England designated to receive and treat patients with spinal cord injuries. We are the second largest spinal cord injury centre in the UK and the regional centre for Yorkshire, the Midlands and the East of England.

The Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre provides a lifelong service to a population of patients. With a focus on empowering our patients to live as independently as possible, our purpose- built.

Main duties of the job

Support the development of a Network Outreach model of care implementing a single network team across multiple acute hospital locations, spread across a wide geographical area ensuring safe, effective, and high-quality care is provided to patients and relatives.

Working closely with the Spinal Injury Unit Matron, and clinical teams within the directorate/Care Group, throughout STH and partner organisations across the Network to support early rehabilitation and to identify alternative treatment options closer to patient's homes.

Build links with other groups, teams, networks taking part in regular forums to discuss common issues and share knowledge and best practice.

Represent the Trust and the network at National and Regional Spinal Injury meetings and forums, and link with professional networks across the country.

Convey and present complex sensitive specialist information, written or verbal, formally or informally, as appropriate to a wide range of stakeholders including patients, their families or careers, commissioners, head of service etc. Report appropriate clinical information to senior staff. Ensure that written documentation is kept in respect of all investigations and incidents.

Establish professional relationships and maintain effective communication across the Network with a variety of stakeholders.

Undertake appropriate clinical work to maintain professional competence and registration.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 12 months due to the post being externally funded. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts taking into consideration the ongoing source of the external funding and the requirement for the post to be maintained.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse (adult), Allied Health Professional, or Physician Associate with current professional registration.
  • Teaching and assessing in the clinical environment or equivalent qualification/ experience.
  • Post graduate training and education to Masters level or equivalent, or evidence of working towards this.
  • Demonstrable evidence of CPD relating to advanced SCI care and management.
  • Member of MASCIP


  • Advanced physical assessment course (Willingness to undertake this is essential)
  • Independent prescribing qualification (Willingness to undertake this is essential)
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner qualification.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Specialist knowledge and application of best evidence based practice in spinal cord injury including management of bladder, bowel, skin and respiratory care.
  • Ability to conduct, analyse and act upon research and audit evidence within the specialist environment.
  • Knowledge of current issues, initiatives and developments within SCI, the NHS and Adult Social Care
  • Highly developed communication, influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to communicate unwelcome and distressing information to patients, carers and relatives with clarity empathy and sensitivity.
  • Ability to lead, influence and contribute to the development of strategic developments in SCI provision locally, regionally and nationally, including representing STH at meetings and forums.
  • High level of computer literacy, IT skills and use of software packages including Microsoft, Datix, and the National SCI Database.
  • Ability to interpret and critically analyse complex data.
  • Working knowledge of legislation, NICE, SCIE, HEE, MASCIP and other evidence, guidance, technical appraisals, tools and resources as they relate to Spinal Cord Injury.
  • Ability to manage financial resources and organisational assets in line with Standing Financial Instructions.

Personal Qualities


  • Highly motivated and able to work autonomously and under pressure, manging time and prioritising workload effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of professional boundaries, limitations and competencies seeking guidance and support where necessary.
  • Commitment to ongoing personal development and CPD.
  • Participation in OOH's rotas as required



  • Experience of working at a senior level in a relevant clinical environment.
  • Clinical experience of working with adults SCI management.
  • Experience of managing multi-disciplinary staff, teams and HR issues.
  • Proven experience of service improvement and change management in a clinical environment.
  • Development and maintenance of professional relationships and networks across a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and experience of clinical governance, risk management and quality assurance systems and processes.
  • Advanced patient engagement, assessment and care planning skills, treating patients with respect, dignity, and cultural sensitivity ensuring the holistic needs of the individual are considered.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of education, training and teaching resources and programmes.
  • Experience of managing complaints, investigations and use of RCA tools and resources.
  • Experience of engaging, involving and working with service users to develop practice

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital and Network sites

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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