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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Episodic Headache Service

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Headache Nurse Specialist to join the renowned Headache and Facial Pain Group for the episodic service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The headache and facial pain team provide a national tertiary service to patients with complex and chronic headache presentations. We are establishing a new episodic service, aimed at providing specialised care for patients experiencing episodic headaches including CGRP monoclonal antibody antagonist therapy.

Main duties of the job

Our service is expanding, and we are looking for a dynamic and experienced nurse to join our headache nursing team. The post holder will work alongside and collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of experts to provide top-tier headache care including consultants, headache nurses, psychologists, neurosurgeons and other medical colleagues. You will be expected to exercise a high degree of professional autonomy and to make critical judgements using specialist knowledge you will provide the highest standard of holistic patient care for patients with headache disorders. You will have responsibility for assessing patients and subsequently devising, implementing and assessing an individual's comprehensive Headache management plan.

The post holder will need to work closely with the headache nursing team, consultant neurologists and health colleagues within primary and secondary care, social care and voluntary agencies, contributing to and implementing care for people with headache.

A background in neurology and/or neurosurgery is essential. Whilst previous headache experience is desirable, training, support and development will be provided

Supervision is available from the Lead Headache Nurse and the rest of headache nursing team.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

At UCLH, we have a real One Team ethos, and our values safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Part 1, 2 or relevant section of the register
  • Teaching/Assessment programme
  • Relevant post-registration headache training programme
  • Relevant post-registration programme


  • Working towards or having completed the neuroscience nursing course (or equivalent)



  • Demonstrate relevant experience in same specialty at Band 6 or above (SO)*
  • Demonstrate experience in running CGRP clinics.


  • Completed/completing first degree (SO/FO)*

Skills and Abilities


  • Competency and experience in performing Botulinum toxin injections for migraine.
  • Competency and experience in performing multiple cranial nerve block injections for headache disorders
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others.
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge and expertise in the specialty
  • Willing to provide support to other clinical areas within the division.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of both invasive and non-invasive neuromodulation such as occipital nerve stimulator (ONS) and deep brain stimulator (DBS)
  • Previous experience in audit and evaluation


  • Demonstrates awareness of resource management issues within boundaries of role

Communication & Values


  • Communication : Demonstrates awareness of the importance of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Communication : Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats.
  • Communication : Communicates with patients and carers in an empathetic manner.
  • Communication : Demonstrates understanding of good practice in Customer Care
  • Values : Demonstrate ability to meet Trust Values of safety, kindness, teamwork and improving

Personal and People Development


  • a)Demonstrates evidence of professional development in line with KSF, maintains updated Portfolio
  • b)Demonstrates an awareness of the role of preceptor/facilitator.
  • c)Reflective in Practice
  • d)Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate. others
  • e)Demonstrates up to date knowledge and expertise in the specialty

Responsibilities towards promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion


  • Respect the privacy and dignity of the individual
  • Understands the implications of Equal Opportunities in practice

Ensure the risk of infection to self, colleagues, patients, relatives and visitors is minimised by:


  • Being familiar with, and adhering to Trust policies and guidance on infection prevention and control.
  • Completing all required training and education (both via e-learning and face to face) on infection prevention and control.
  • Including infection prevention and control as an integral part of your continuous personal/professional development and included in your annual appraisal
  • Taking personal responsibility so far as is reasonably practicable, in helping ensure that effective prevention and control of health care associated infections is embedded into everyday practice and applied consistently.

Learning and Development


  • Practical experience in teaching patients & staff
  • Presentation skills
  • Experience of applying research evidence to clinical practice.
  • Skills in critical analysis and application of research to practice

Information collection and analysis & Service Improvement


  • Information collection and analysis : Willingness to work with electronic patient records
  • Service Improvement : Willing to provide support to other clinical areas within the division
  • Service Improvement : Demonstrates awareness of research and evidence - based practice
  • Service Improvement : Previous experience in audit and evaluation
  • Service Improvement : Able to work across organisational and professional boundaries
  • Service Improvement : Able to negotiate effectively with different disciplines
  • Service Improvement : Understanding of relevant national strategy / policy and how this relates to the service
  • Service Improvement : Innovative approach to service delivery
  • Service Improvement : Experience in developing service strategies


  • Experience and knowledge in using data analysis tool

Quality Demonstrates & Specific Requirements


  • Quality Demonstrates : Understanding of principles of Clinical Governace, e.g., risk management, audit
  • Quality Demonstrates : Commitment to quality initiatives, e.g., Nursing & Midwifery strategy, Trust top 10 objectives, CNO 10 key roles
  • Quality Demonstrates : Experience in audit and evaluation of practice / service
  • Specific requirements : Flexible approach to shift patterns
  • Specific requirements : Knowledge of key professional issues and NMC guidelines relating to professional Practice
  • Specific requirements : Ability to manage and evaluate change


  • Quality Demonstrates : Experience of developing standards, guidelines and policies

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)

Queen Square



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