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Advanced Stroke Specialist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
We have an exciting and rare 12-month secondment or fixed term opportunity for an Advanced Stroke Specialist with the Southeast Staffordshire Community Rehabilitation team.

We require your skills in research, analysis and project evaluation to support formulating a business case for continued funding. You will support the development of audit and research skills, within the team to evidence the efficacy of the pilot pathway.

This post is open to Registered Allied Health Professionals and NMC Registered Nurses with advanced knowledge and skills in caring for patients with a diagnosis of stroke.

Advanced Stroke Specialist will work closely with the Stroke Project Coordinator and the project team to contribute to the development of a stroke rehabilitation service having a particular focus on research and innovation, whilst also supporting service design and improvements.

The Southeast Staffordshire Improving Lives After Stroke Project has been funded by SquIRe for 12 months. During the first 6 months you will be involved in scoping existing pathways and establishing how the project can evidence primary and secondary outcomes. The second 6 months will focus on delivery of a pilot pathway and evaluation.

Due to the nature of the work you will be required to have travel independently across the Staffordshire geographical patch. Ideally, you will hold a full driving licence and have access to a car.

Main duties of the job

The role will take an integrated working approach liaising with our partners in secondary, primary and community care settings as well as the voluntary sector to ensure the patient pathway has a strong focus on patient centred care.

As part of the role you will:
  • Identify and provide support for the Stroke Project Co-ordinator in networking and working with relevant services including the Acute Trust, ICB, Social Services, the independent sector, and patients / carers.
  • Support the Stroke Project Team with the development of clinical, educational, leadership and research skills.
  • Educate clinicians in audit skills, service development, research methodology and statistics so that critical appraisal and the use of research becomes embedded within clinical practice.
  • Ensure that appropriate research findings are translated into practice, disseminated to staff and patients, and implemented into best practice.
  • Build new and maintain existing effective working relationships and networks within strategic and operational models of working.
  • Write and submit nominations for relevant projects, audits, research, teams, and individual staff members to MPFT, national and international awards.
  • Liaise effectively with key front-line practitioners. Support developing stroke aftercare and review in a community setting for stroke survivors, family members and/or carer.
  • Ensure secondary prevention and support for stroke patients in the community following their initial episode of care.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helpingyour communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the post please see attached the Job Description and Person Specification.

If you would do have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy or Nursing or equivalent.
  • Professional registration with HCPC/NMC. Modules at Masters level or equivalent clinical courses within area of clinical expertise.
  • Relevant Specialist Post Graduate qualification and/or professionally recognised clinical course(s) in specialist area and professional development.
  • Evidence of Leadership/management training.
  • Evidence of continuous professional training in stroke (care, rehabilitation and / or management)
  • Ability to demonstrate teaching skills


  • Master's qualification in relevant area that will support the delivery of the service.
  • Further clinical study relevant to clinical practice such as management of long-term conditions
  • Attendance at relevant Special Interest Groups



  • Ability to critically analyse complex information and evaluate a range of options to identify service improvements.
  • Evidence of working in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of leading the implementation of service improvement projects including complex change management programmes
  • Demonstrate use of evidence-based measures for audit and evaluation of outcomes for service improvement.
  • Evidence of effective team working to deliver and improve services creates and promotes opportunities for others to contribute and to develop.
  • Exhibits energy and resilience to drive through results.
  • Ability to adapt personal style in order to influence others and gain support for ideas.
  • Able to demonstrate the use of evidence within decision making.
  • Experience of leading and managing others.
  • Extensive experience of working with patients with physical and psychological deficits.
  • Extensive experience of working within Stroke Rehabilitation


  • Significant experience of managing & implementing change
  • Experience of measuring and evaluating outcomes in order to secure improvement
  • Experience of competency-based recruitment and selection
  • Experience of conflict management



  • Knowledge and understanding of the provision and delivery of Stroke Rehabilitation Services in line with national and local strategy.
  • Demonstrate high quality service delivery and planning skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process and complexities of change management.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills, skill in positively influencing partner agencies, managers, staff, users and carers.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex, sensitive and often contentious information to different levels internal and external to the service
  • Ability to promote equality of opportunity for self, service users and staff.
  • Good IT skills and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and the internet.
  • Capable of cost and time efficient travel across a dispersed service area.
  • Behaves in an open, ethical and professional manner.


  • Experience of undertaking research projects Attendance at recognised leadership course

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


South East Rehab Team Samuel Johnson Hospital

Trent Valley Road


WS13 6EF

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