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Discharge Planning Nurse

East and North Herts NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Discharge Planning Nurse who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

You will be expected to plan, provide and maintain effective Discharge Planning care to patients and their relatives. You also continuously develop and enhance knowledge and skills that will directly influence consistent standards of Discharge Planning practice.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

Facilitate referrals in conjunction with the ward staff to outside agencies to ensure continuity of care.

Assess individuals needs and completing NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments. This could be in the Acute hospital or in the community setting.

Manage own caseload of patients and ensure any barriers to safe, effective and timely discharges are escalated appropriately.

Liaise with community teams concerning patient discharges.

Identify and manage potential problems that may prevent timely discharge. Escalate as appropriate

Assist in the facilitation of training required for staff, patients and carers to meet any training needs identified to affect the discharge of individual patients.

Negotiate and agree care plans with Community agencies, patients and their families.

Ensure, with other MDT members, that patients and their relatives are involved and informed of discharge arrangements and discharge planning is documented.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide and our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation and our staff and patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. This means that any employee is entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns and we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made and considered formally, and will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification information pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification



  • NMC Nursing Registration
  • Evidence of ongoing personal development
  • Ability to produce personal portfolio


  • Teaching qualification/experience
  • Education to degree level

Previous Experience


  • Extensive experience in discharge planning
  • Experience of a wide range of acute and community pathways and processes in relation to patient needs and discharge process


  • Evidence of innovation in practice
  • Experience of liaison between acute hospital and community services
  • Experience of mentoring, assessing, coaching
  • Experience in bed management
  • Experience in participating/undertaking audit
  • Experience of devising, implementing and evaluating change programmes



  • Assessment skills and the ability to recognise signs of a deteriorating patient who may be approaching end of life
  • Appropriate application of the NHS CHC Framework particularly relating to fast track discharge planning.
  • Good proven leadership and motivational skills
  • Evidence of good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Advanced problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Assertiveness and influencing skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and work independently and manage own workload
  • Ability to work in a multi-professional arena, developing relationships and effective partnerships across agencies
  • Ability to analyse and assess information to develop a service
  • Ability to analyse data and maintain relevant databases
  • Ability to implement changes in practice
  • Excellent standard of verbal and written communication
  • Ability to promote good working partnerships with other agencies both internal and external
  • Self-motivated



  • Current knowledge of issues affecting the provision of health services in the changing health care market
  • Working knowledge of delayed transfer of care act
  • Working knowledge of MCA/DOLS policies and guidance
  • Computer literate
  • The various agencies and their role relating to discharge planning
  • Current knowledge of issues affecting the provision of health services in the changing health care market
  • Working knowledge of barriers to discharge planning
  • Working knowledge of wider health and social/community care policies and impact on role

Other Requriements


  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities. Understands the impact on equality, diversity and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role model our Trust values every day

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill Lane



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