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Band 6 Community Heart Failure Specialist Nurse

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
If you are excited about developing and implementing services to address health inequalities, then this is an exciting opportunity for you to join Whittington Health's community heart failure service. This is also an ideal secondment opportunity for those with acute cardiac experience to develop there skills and/or those with community heart failure experience.

This involves identification, management, and interventions for adults at risk of developing/with LTCs in Haringey's neighbourhoods. A focus on heart failure, plus voluntary sector support to work with people at risk of/with LTC conditions and multi-morbidity, is particularly relevant to underlying need, and associated with high admissions/complications, in these communities.

Main duties of the job

The heart failure nurse will help provide a high-quality specialist nursing service for heart failure (HF), with the primary focus in delivering the health inequality work in Haringey but working alongside the existing heart failure team to residents in Islington and Haringey.

You will manage a patient caseload and promote excellence in clinical nursing skills through the provision of expertise in HF to peers and community carers, working closely with other members of the community HF team, the relevant cardiologists and Whittington Health / North Middlesex University Hospital Consultant HF leads, and general practitioners.

You will also facilitate the implementation of agreed HF care to patients, through close collaboration with the CCGs, the extended HF team, general practice, and Whittington Health HF Lead.

This post is available due to the expansion of the well-established heart failure nurse team.

About us

Whittington Health, Adult Community Services (ACS) is proud to be the rated an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our focus is on continually improving the quality of care we offer to local people and on improving access to that care, helping people to move seamlessly from one service to another, with our 'Better never stops' motto. Praising Whittington health's Adult Community Services compassionate, inclusive and effective leadership at all levels, the CQC observed that our staff are well supported to make positive changes and innovations.

Whittington Health NHS Trust is committed to continuing to create a modern and inclusive work environment. As part of this commitment, we actively promote flexible working opportunities where possible, to meet the needs and wishes of our workforce to maintain and improve their wellbeing. The trust offers a range of flexibility, including flexible working patterns, and we would encourage you to discuss this with the recruiting before or during the application process if this would interest you.

We offer support and training to those who may feel they have transferable skills to be able to perform the job role

We welcome applications from people who share our values and can help us deliver outstanding care in our local community.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

These patients will need support with both physical and mental health wellbeing. There is an emphasis on delivering patient education to enable self-management e.g. about their condition and this may be face to face and/or virtually (telephone or video) or via telehealth. The role will involve liaising with different health care professionals and a range of outside agencies. You will need excellent communication skills, be able to work independently and be motivated to deliver the patients goals to a high standard.

Please see attached job description for further details

Person Specification



  • NVQ Level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy. o Registered General Nurse to degree level or equivalent o Post registration training or equivalent in coronary heart disease management. Post registration training or equivalent experience in community services.


  • Advanced physical assessment course or commitment to attain if post becomes substantive o Nurse Prescriber or commitment to attain if post becomes substantive

Skills and Abilities


  • Basic awareness of IT and IT Skills- Microsoft word, Power Point, Excel, RIO. o Correct interpretation or complex cardiac investigations o Excellent communication skills o Ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative o Ability to manage time effectively, meet deadlines and work under pressure.


  • Demonstrate Audit and Evaluation o Experience of delivering structured education and training to large group and one to one

Knowledge and Experience


  • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and Clinic Governance priorities o Evidence of further study in relation to cardiac disease o Understanding of the palliative care agenda o Minimum 2 years experience of caring for patients with cardiac condition o Evidence of post registration development and continues learning o Experience of managing complex situation


  • Experience in delivering education to groups of professional and patients o Experience of working in a community setting Further training or equivalent experience in ECG interpretation

Personal Qualities


  • Highly self motivated o Evidence of commitment and responsibility to personal and professional development o Ability to be flexible, adaptable, and reliable. o Empathetic and non-judgemental. o Ability to network with all clinicians


  • Able to demonstrate key management and leadership skills o Ability to lead and motivate others o Ability to influence change



  • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values o To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area o Can demonstrate a clear understanding of issues surrounding equality and diversity o Good health/attendance record o Clear understanding or Clinical governance

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Hornsey Rise Health Centre

Hornsey Rise Health Centre


N19 3YU

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