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Heart Failure Specialist Nurse

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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We have an exciting opportunity to join our Integrated Heart Failure Service at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of a cohesive management programme for patients with heart failure in line with local and national guidelines, working across acute, community and virtual ward settings. The service will operate 7 days per week and requires flexibility working within an evolving proactive, dynamic and committed multidisciplinary Heart failure Team

The main aim of the role is to identify patients across the two hospitals who can be supported on the Heart Failure Virtual ward, reducing hospital length of stay, preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital and improving Heart failure management and control with optimisation of evidence based treatments.

Essential elements of the role also include assessing, planning and the implementation of holistic packages of care to patients and their carer's who have a diagnosis of Heart Failure. Working as an autonomous non-medical prescriber you will provide community and domiciliary care including the timely optimisation of evidence based treatment and therapies.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong clinical reasoning and prioritisation skills and be able to work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team.

Main duties of the job

Working across the hospital with responsibility for patients with heart failure in the inpatient, outpatient day ward settings, community and virtual ward.

Responsible for the early identification of patients for the Heart Failure virtual ward from the acute setting and supporting the on going care of patients who are actively being manged on the Virtual ward.

The post holder will take overall responsibility to develop the specialist area of practice in partnership with other members of the speciality team ( Lead Clinician, Matron, Service Manager etc) will work collaboratively to develop services and quality of care delivered.The post holder will be expected to provide first-line management and lead a team of specialist nurses (Sisters).This will be achieved through the core dimensions of the role, clinical practice leadership, acting as the patient advocate and through audit and education.The post holder will carry responsibility for either a defined case load or offering highly specialist service advise this will include setting standards of care, the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.The post holder will contribute to achieving the objectives of the clinical service group / speciality corporate objectives and work within the clinical governance framework.They will lead the development and delivery of a programme of practice and professional development for staff within the speciality.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Admission prevention through care co-ordination identifying factors, which impact on quality of life such as, co-morbidities, psychological and social issues.

Symptom control across the continuum of care and advance care planning.

Perform specialist assessment of patients nursing needs, plan, implement and evaluate care delivery using advanced clinical knowledge and clinical skills.Lead clinical care by managing a patient caseload providing expert assessment, planning and evaluation.

Co-ordinate and manage nurse-led clinics (within Speciality).

Contribute towards a multi-professional approach in the management of patients within the specialist area, especially in relation to ongoing care needs and discharge arrangements.

Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and carers / relatives.

Support patients and their families and ensure that they receive the required information to enable them to self manage, lead or participate in their care delivery.

Recognise changes in patients condition that require the intervention of others and refer on as appropriate.

To lead the specialist nursing contribution to the service, in the delivery of high standards of patient care.

To lead the specialist nursing contribution to the service, work in partnership with lead clinicians, General Managers, Matron to ensure the delivery of high standards of patient care.

Work with the Matron to promote the development of nurses undertaking the Work closely with GPs, hospital doctors and community nurses, as well as other local hospitals and hospices, to support our patients and those important to them.

Act as a role model and expert nurse providing in depth specialist clinicalknowledge to colleagues through MDT meetings, for patients and carers /relatives.Undertake clinical supervision of nursing colleagues on an individual or group basis.

Act as a resource for health care professionals by being visible, available, and accessible for support and advice in relation to the management of patients in the speciality.

Provide leadership to the team of nurse specialists and working with the matron, develop new roles / ways of working (High Impact Changes). Linked to directorate business plans.

Ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources.Lead consultations on and develop strategies for delivering effective care within a changing environment that improves the quality of care and health outcomes in the specialist area.

Responsible for monitoring health, safety and security of self, the team andothers and promote best practice in the ward area.

Ensure systems are in place for risk assessment and minimisation includingpromoting no blame cultures in order that near misses and incidents arereported.

Take the lead in investigation of incidents / complaints when required, including detailed reports / letters to complainants.

Act as an innovative, enthusiastic role model providing leadership, guidance and advice to staff on operational and professional issues promoting an open and honest and transparent culture.

Demonstrate clinical leadership and challenge speciality and directorateboundaries to enhance and support the patients journey.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/Midwife
  • Post-basic specialist qualification relevant to speciality
  • Recognised Teaching Qualification
  • First Degree


  • Research Qualification
  • Recordable Specialist Qualification
  • Masters
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber



  • Demonstrable Post-Reg experience
  • Evidence of undertaking the relevant speciality successfully at Band 6
  • Extensive clinical experience
  • Evidence of the application of management/leadership skills and managing staff
  • Involvement in audit


  • Experience as Specialist Sister
  • Participation in Research
  • Management Qualification



  • In depth specialist knowledge
  • Teaching / assessment skills
  • Organisation and negotiation skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Leadership & motivation skills
  • Evidence of audit and change management ability
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Root Cause Analysis


  • Evidence of leading and facilitating change
  • ECDL



  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Diplomatic
  • Assertive and confident
  • Personal and professional maturity
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm
  • Ability to work both on own initiative and within a team
  • Flexibility
  • Able to travel between sites

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Aintree Hospital

Long moor Lane Fazakerley


L9 7AL

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