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POPS Clinical Nurse Specialist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
The POPS Team at GSTT

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical nurse speciality with experience in multi-pathology management to join the POPS team at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT).

The proactive care of older people (POPS) team is an award-winning service and the first of its kind in the UK. It started in 2003 and has rapidly become an essential surgical support service. It is recognised locally and nationally as being of high quality, innovative and clinically effective. POPS looks after patients aged 65 years and above and aim to improve their medical health before and after surgery by assessing them before surgery, following their care while in hospital and supporting consultants and ward staff.

The post holder will have contact with the patient at all stages of the patient journey whilst also gaining experience in supporting and managing of the nursing and medical team. The post holder will be given the opportunity to support local and national audit on a number of ongoing projects whilst also undertaking their own audit of practice.

Closing date: 27/05/2024

Interview date: 06/06/2024

Main duties of the job

Duties and responsibilities

Outpatient setting, attending clinic weekly to
  • conduct comprehensive geriatric assessments to inform perioperative risks
  • Identify pre-operative MDT goals & plans to achieve these
  • Participate in shared decision making

POPS Multidisciplinary team meetings (once a week)
  • Present the patients assessed in clinic, contributing to management plans

Inpatient surgical ward rounds
  • Review known POPS patients and case find at risk patients
  • Promptly identify and manage medical and multidisciplinary complications

Attend and develop surgical ward MDT meetings to
  • Improve quality of care for older people and facilitate discharge planning
  • Use expert theoretical and practical knowledge to refer on to other departments/services within or outside the Trust
  • Apply prevention strategies for adverse outcomes such as readmissions and prolonged inpatient stay

Support the service

Review & triage referrals to POPS, liaising with admissions and surgical colleagues

ensure high quality communication with the patient, relatives and carers

support patients and carers through their surgical journey

attend and contribute to LOS/Cluster meetings in Surgery

About us

We are a multidisciplinary team who are friendly and dynamic working in a busy NHS Trust.

Using comprehensive geriatric assessment we assess older adults with complex medical issues and or frailty who may require surgery. Through evidence based practice we are able to identify potential medical complications, formulate management plans and support with shared decision making.

The CNS team are a valuable part of the MDT, working in advanced practice aiming to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Organisational Values:

Our values help us to define and develop our culture, what we do and how we do it. It is important that you understand andreflect these values throughout your employment with the Trust.

The post holder will:

a. Put patients first

b. Take pride in what they do

c. Respect others

d. Strive to be the best

e. Act with integrity

Our values and behaviours framework|describes what it means for every one of us in the Trust to put our values into action.The framework can be found on our Trust careers pages and GTIntranet .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached generic band 7 clinical nurse specialist job description for main responsibilities

Person Specification



  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Post registration qualification in appropriate area of speciality or equivalent post qualification experience
  • Mentorship course
  • Leadership course
  • Physical assessment/examination course


  • To have or working towards a masters degree
  • To have or working towards non medical prescribing qualification

Professional registration


  • RN1 or RN child registered nurse on the NMC register. To hold to appropriate level for the area of speciality

Previous experience


  • Extensive experience of working autonomously at an advanced level within the specialist area delivering effective patient focused care.
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills and delivering change
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education at undergraduate level
  • Experience of audit, research & governance activities

Skills/Knowledge and Ability


  • Time management/organisation skills and proficient in IT skills
  • Ability to conduct history taking, physical assessment skills and interpret data to direct patient care and formulate plans
  • Proven listening and counselling skills with ability to manage complex situations with the ability to deliver sensitive difficult outcomes
  • Up to date on current clinical practice, professional issues and national agenda relevant to the speciality


  • Undertaken clinical & nursing research
  • Experience in the outpatient setting, conducting clinics/letter writing

Additional information


  • Diplomatic, flexible and positive approach to work


  • Member of relevant external organisation(s) related to the speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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