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Clinical Lead - Community Specialist Heart Care Nursing Team

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Band 7 clinical lead Nurse for the Community Specialist Heart Care Nursing team across Berkshire West, to lead a team of Specialist Community Heart Care Nurses and with them effectively manage a collaborative approach to reducing avoidable admissions to hospital and to assist in reducing delayed discharge of patients with Heart Failure.

To deliver evidence-based Heart Failure interventions through a case management approach to patients after an admission for Heart Failure or where Heart Failure is a concomitant condition, or as nominated by GP's or other professionals, to reduce hospital admissions.

Act as a link nurse to a designated community nursing team(s) in service districts to support teams to provide evidence-based interventions to ensure required standards are met. To assist the development of services for the patients with Heart Failure in collaboration with the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and GPs. To ensure the collection of outcomes data and the production of reports related to the delivery of the Community Heart Care Services

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the Heart Function component of the Berkshire West Community Based Nurse led service.
  • To accept autonomous clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients with Heart Failure Berkshire West localities, providing high quality, responsive, specialist heart failure community services in patient's homes or other clinics
  • Responsible for prioritising and monitoring referrals to the Heart Failure service for patients diagnosed with Heart Failure
  • Lead a team of Band 6 nurses, with regular 1 to 1's, appraisal process and MDT/clinical supervision.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:

Registered General Nurse with NMC registration.

Educated to degree level or equivalent Specialist Qualification in Cardiology or Heart Failure or currently undertaking the qualification.

A full UK driving licence and have use of a car for work purposes.

Independent Nurse Prescriber or working towards

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • RGN
  • Teaching qualification ENB998 or equivalent or willing to work towards
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Specialist qualification in Cardiology or Heart Failure or currently undertaking the qualification


  • Qualification in palliative care
  • Independent nurse prescriber or working towards
  • Basic life support skills
  • Counselling

Continuous Professional Development


  • Advanced clinical assessment skills
  • Ability to deal with End of Life care decisions
  • Ability to deal with complex care cases

Previous Experience


  • At least 5 years post registration experience
  • Evidence of innovative working
  • Experience of working with people with long-term conditions
  • Experience of managing conflict
  • Community experience


  • Experience of involvement in undertaking audit and/or research
  • Evidence of working effectively and collaboratively across professional and organisational boundaries

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate effectively with wide range of professionals including hospital consultants and General Practioners and users
  • Demonstrate ability to learn quickly and keen to take responsibility
  • Ability to manage a demanding workload and priorities effectively
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • IT literate


  • Understanding of and ability to participate in and initiate research
  • Ability to support learning and education for patients and community nurses
  • Proven ability to drive forward and develop practice and service provision locally

Additional Requirements


  • Car driver
  • Hold a valid driving licence to drive in the UK
  • Ability to travel to multiple sites
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Motivated and able to motivate others

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Heart Care Support Team - Adult Services



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