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Community Heart Function Nurse Specialist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
A Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm working pattern is just one of the attractions this opportunity provides. We are looking to recruit a Band 6 Community Heart Function Nurse Specialist based at The Coley Clinic in Reading. You will be an enthusiastic and experienced nurse, with a warm personality and great people skills. Willing to undertake relevant training, you will have leadership experience and be able to demonstrate innovative practice. Showing effective management skills, you will take responsibility for case management of patients with heart failure in a community setting.

Working as part of a wider integrated Cardiac and Respiratory Specialist Services (CARSS) covering the Berkshire West locality you will work to improve the lives of patients with Cardiac and Respiratory conditions. You will be responsible for ensuring high quality evidence-based care for patients with heart failure, their families and carers in the community

Main duties of the job

Facilitate and over see community-based Heart Failure clinics in various community settings including the patient's home

Work flexibly in response to service need across multiple sites in Berkshire West

Take responsibility for case management of patients with heart failure in the community setting

Supporting colleagues in the delivery of compassionate,safe and structured care

Make differential diagnosis within level of competence

Plan and provide treatment in collaboration with others as appropriate

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:

1. Recent Clinical Experience within the speciality

2. Demonstrate effective Chronic Disease management

3. Ability to effectively manage challenging behaviour and/or conflict

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification.We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications/ Training


  • RGN
  • Completed/completing first level degree
  • Heart Failure qualification e.g. Optimising Health & Wellbeing for the Patient with Chronic Heart Failure (Caledonian University) or similar / or willingness to undertak
  • Basic Life support skills


  • Nurse Prescriber / Nurse Independent Prescriber qualification
  • Teaching qualification/or willingness to undertake
  • Management qualification
  • Relevant experience in respiratory medicine
  • Counselling course

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of on-going professional development

Previous Experience


  • Recent Clinical Experience within the speciality
  • Primary care experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Clinical examination skills, detailed medical history skills, ministering and evaluation skills, or willingness to develop
  • Team player but able to use own initiative
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills- written and verbal
  • Computer literate
  • Good organisational skills and prioritising skills and ability to work well under pressure


  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Knowledge of current government legislation and recommendations e.g. National Service Frameworks
  • Willingness to undertake further qualifications/expertise
  • Ability to produce reports and statistical information. Audit knowledge
  • Demonstrate effective Chronic Disease management

Additional Requirements


  • Car driver
  • Hold a valid driving licence to drive in the UK
  • Ability to travel to multiple sites


  • Demonstrates innovative practice
  • Ability to effectively manage challenging behaviour and or conflict
  • Presentational skills

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Heart Care Support Team - Adult Services



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