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Stroke Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Brighton is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed Registered General Nurses to join its expanding team of Stroke Nurse Specialist (SNS) to support the stroke provision Sussex wide reconfiguration of services.

We are looking to employ qualified nurses with knowledge of stroke care & health policies relating to stroke with experience as a Band 5 nurse.

Based on the hyper acute Stroke ward you would be part of a team of SNS who are responsible 24/7 for managing a cohort of patients referred for specialist intervention.

This involves attending stroke emergencies, assessing & assisting with direct care for patients requiring thrombolysis & /or thrombectomy treatment. You will be participating in the pre alert system trial of video triaging patients in Sussex prior to transfer to hospital. Run TIA screening & support stroke consultants in clinics. Assist with data collection for audit & evaluating effectiveness of the service.

A Successful candidate for this job should be an RGN with a current NMC registration, have experience as a Band 5 nurse & experience / knowledge of stroke care and be able to work shifts that include weekends & nights.

Main duties of the job

  • To respond immediately to acute stroke emergencies within ED and across all inpatient ward areas.
  • Assisting the medical team to access acute stroke emergency cases as to suitability for thrombolysis / thrombectomy.
  • Cannulating patients, performing venepuncture, ECG's and neurological observations with NIHSS assessments.
  • Closely monitoring the GCS and vital signs of acute stroke emergencies and rapidly communicating concerns.
  • Navigating acute stroke emergencies through the agreed Pathway in a timely manner, ensuring all necessary investigations are processed and reviewed
  • Accompanying acute emergencies to CT scanning departments.
  • Commencing agreed treatment with thrombolysis agents and closely monitoring the effects. Provide care, information and psychological support to the patient and next of kin.
  • Transferring patients from the emergency care centre to the neuroradiology department for the thrombectomy pathway or the hyper acute stroke ward
  • Provide direct nursing care to patients undergoing thrombolysis
  • To be competent in coordinating the TIA screening service according to agreed protocols.
  • To provide reports and summaries on individual patients as required.
  • To attend and participate in team meetings, stroke, thrombolysis and thrombectomy governance.
  • To promptly answer video triage IPad whilst maintaining confidentiality, completing appropriate documentation and post call actions

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Stroke Team Leader, manage a cohort of patients referred for specialist intervention, care and support within the Hyper Acute stroke service.
  • To work as part of a team of specialist stroke nurses, providing acute thrombolysis service, thrombectomy service, and TIA screening.
  • To work closely with the ward team, supporting with education, attending ward handovers, MDT meetings, clinical governance.
  • To assist in the development of the thrombolysis, thrombectomy service and it moves forward with its 5 year growth plan as the regional territory unit for Sussex.
  • Run TIA screening and clinics.
  • Participate in data collection for audit activity developing auditing methodologies to monitor the effectiveness thrombolysis and of the thrombolysis pathway, especially nursing components.
  • To participate in Nurse lead video triage and assist in the assessment and agreed actions post call with the ambulance crew.

Please refer to job description and person Specification .

Person Specification



  • NMC
  • experience in stroke


  • stroke module
  • cannulation & venepuncture
  • attended stroke calls in ED
  • stroke ward experience

Equality and Diversity


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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