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Paediatric Spinal Cord Injury Link Worker

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A new exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Paediatric Neurosciences department as a Paediatric Spinal Cord Injury Link Worker.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide high-quality, patient-oriented care for patients diagnosed with spinal cord injury, both as a result from traumatic and non-traumatic events. To work collaboratively across the system for the benefit of SCI patients, staff and families supporting an integrated networked model of care as part of a wider team of staff.

Main duties of the job

Work with Multidisciplinary teams at Spinal Cord Injury centres, Major Trauma Centres, neuroscience centres, oncology services, Regional Spinal Networks and community/primary care settings in order to deliver expert specialist care to patients who have sustained a spinal cord injury (traumatic) or develop a condition impacting a normal functionality of the spinal cord (non-traumatic)

Ensure that expert clinical knowledge and care is shared with the Spinal Cord Injury centres, Major Trauma Centres, neuroscience centres, oncology services, Regional Spinal Networks, primary care providers and community providers along the entire life-long patient pathway.

Ensure that staff, patients and their families are fully informed and supported by providing clinical and social support pre and post discharge from the acute settings.

Establish clear lines of communication within the specialist teams at Spinal Cord Injury centres, Major Trauma Centres, neuroscience centres, oncology services, Regional Spinal Networks and community/primary care settings to ensure cohesive multidisciplinary management of patients.

Link with health and social care teams across the ICSs both internal and external to the acute care provider in order to increase knowledge and facilitate the care.

To consistently evaluate the impact of the role across the SCI system providing reviews, reports and data analysis to the overarching programme as a wider part of SCI transformation.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Relevant professional qualification RN or AHP, e.g. Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist/ Paediatric RN
  • Teaching and assessing in the clinical environment or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development in specialist field of practice.
  • Appropriate Safeguarding training level
  • Relevant Spinal Cord Injury course
  • Evidence of experience /post graduate training and education to Masters level or equivalent experience, and CPD relevant to speciality area/ age range


  • Leadership training
  • Presentation skills training
  • Advanced physical assessment course
  • Specialist seating skills.
  • Tissue viability training
  • Bladder and bowel management training.
  • Member of MASCIP
  • Member of or previous involvement with a spinal injury charity
  • Non-Medical independent and supplementary prescribing.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Advanced range of clinical experience involving patients 0 to 24 years of age
  • Advanced and specialised clinical and disability management knowledge Appropriate and demonstrable experience working CYP with SCI
  • Implementing complex change in a clinical setting
  • Advanced knowledge of current developments/initiatives/issues in nursing/AHP and the NHS
  • Advanced knowledge of risk management and how to ensure quality improvements are incorporated into daily activities
  • Experience in influencing internal/external activities
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of outcome measures and evaluation of services
  • Collaborative working


  • Project management experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of management skills
  • Well developed verbal and writted communication skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Able to command respect of multi-disciplinary team.
  • Advanced Leadership skills.
  • Self- directed practitioner.



  • Ability to manage self and exhibit skills, including self-awareness, self-management and drive for improvement
  • Analytical
  • Political acumen.
  • Confident and approachable style
  • Credible with staff at all levels
  • Team player
  • Flexibility.
  • Work on own initiative
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Commitment to NHS
  • Emotional resilience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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