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Band 7 Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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The Heart Failure service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is looking for a Band 7 Nurse Specialist (CNS) to join this dynamic team, for a period of 12 months, to cover maternity leave. This service cares for a broad spectrum of patients with confirmed heart failure (HF) including providing direct expert guidance and support following diagnosis that includes

*Recommending/prescribing medications, ensuring appropriate reviews and follow up appointments.

*Supporting patients / carers in recognising symptom deterioration so they know when to escalate concerns so inappropriate emergency presentations to hospital are minimised.

*Identifying patients likely to benefit from device implantation.

*Supporting patients/carers when palliative / end of life management plans are indicated.

With the support and guidance of the HF Consultants and HF CNS/NMP colleagues, positively contribute to the care delivered to patients with confirmed HF, providing nursing clinical and educational expertise to support and guide patients/carers and non-specialist staff, including our Primary Care colleagues.

The HF CNS responsibilities span both acute in-patient activity and outpatient settings including bedside, face to face and/or telephone consultations. The post holder will also contribute to the audit/research agenda at service away days and Multidisciplinary Team and Divisional meetings.

Main duties of the job

The work plan for this post is varied and will include the following:

In patient management:

The Band 7 HF CNS:

Manages the electronic in-patient referrals received by the service and, where indicated, undertake a bedside assessment including physical examination, symptoms, and medication review. Following discussion and agreement with the on-call HF consultant the HF CNS electronically records a HF care/treatment plan. This plan includes appropriate followed-up arrangements in the HF service after discharge.

Respond to the secretary/clinical colleague and patient enquiries received either following a telephone call or email.

Post Discharge management:

Each week the HF CNS is required to manage an out-patient caseload, consisting of 2 clinics per week, which can be either face to face or telephone consultations. Following consultation, the HF CNS is required to generate letters using our electronic systems. This activity includes scrutiny of blood results and medication response in order to optimise therapies/symptom control.

Additional duties will include the collection of data for national audit and also contribution to the weekly MDT meetings at which cases will be presented.

An informal visit is strongly recommended and can be organised by ringing 0121 371 5255 or emailing Alternatively, please contact Cardiology Matron

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Registered Adult / Child Nurse on the NMC Register (Field dependent upon role )
  • *Evidence of post registration CPD / Post registration qualification in ( appropriate area of speciality or professional knowledge supplemented by specialist experience and short courses to degree / masters level equivalent FHEQ Level 6 /7
  • *Recognised mentorship course


  • *To have or working towards a MSc/ Masters qualification
  • *To have or working towards advanced health assessment module -- where applicable to the role
  • *Non -- Medical Prescriber/ willingness to undertake - where applicable to the role



  • *Evidence and ability to revalidate as required by the NMC
  • *Significant years post registration experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at B6 or above in defined or associated speciality
  • *Extensive experience of working autonomously at a specialist level
  • *Evidence of achievements and career development in current post and of on-going professional development/ competence
  • *Demonstrate expert knowledge underpinned by theory and CPD relevant to speciality
  • *Experience and enthusiasm for developing educational programmes and teaching / assessing and supervising others in a clinical setting
  • *Working in a multi-disciplinary and cross agency work environment
  • *Experience of patient service user advocacy role
  • *Can demonstrate expert nursing knowledge with an ability to assess, plan , implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients and give advice and information to patients / relatives/ care staff
  • *Awareness of current relevant NHS policy context relating to the speciality
  • *Has understanding / experience of the principles of Safeguarding
  • *Knowledge of corporate and clinical governance


  • *Experience of delivering change management both personally and as a facilitator
  • *Experience in service development
  • *Awareness of current research related to the speciality

Additional Criteria


  • *Ability to explain the requirement to balance clinical caseload
  • *Ability to communicate with a wide range of health care professionals, on a variety of complex and sensitive issues which require persuasive and empathetic skills.
  • *Ability to work autonomously , manage / prioritise own workload , supervise / appraise and asses junior staff
  • *Competent in a range of clinical skills and expanded practices relevant to the scope of practice required
  • *Ability to work under pressure across competing priorities
  • *Ability to, undertake clinical audit , analyse information and develop robust measureable action plans to support improvement / change
  • *Evidence of ability to compile reports and documents for internal / external communication
  • *Knowledge of current evidence based practice and ability to apply to service and policy development
  • *Ability to adapt behaviour to changing circumstances
  • *Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • *Ability to communicate articulately and motivate others
  • * Evidence of flexible and innovative approach to service delivery and development
  • *Ability to work a varied shift pattern where required
  • *Ability to act on own initiative

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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