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Nurse Specialist - Discharge

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting developmental opportunity to join the discharge team and enhance your knowledge and skills regarding complex discharge planning. By bolstering the number of Discharge Nurse Specialists this will allow a 7 days service and help embed a home first culture and further enable the discharge to assess team to meet demand over 7 days.

The Discharge Nurse Specialists are integral to the function of the Integrated Discharge Team by leading the daily discharge hub and fulfilling the role of case manager. This involves being part of the MDT when planning complex discharges and discussion with patients and their family/carer and liaise with outside agencies to ensure a safe discharge.

The Discharge Nurse Specialist is responsible for leading regular review of patients with a length of stay of greater than 7 days to ensure robust medical plans in place and discharge planning has commenced.

To apply for this post you must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the national discharge policy.
  • Interview Date Wednesday, 14 August 2024
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

Be required/have the ability to act as case manager for a group of complex patients.

Provide specialist discharge advice and support specific multidisciplinary teams.

Enable patients with complex discharge care plans attain their best possible quality of life by adopting discharge to assess model.

Require enhance communication skills to ensure patients and families understand discharge pathways on a frequent basis and provide telephone advice.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust define a nursespecialist as a qualified nurse where the primary purpose of role is to provide guidance and support based on advanced level knowledge to patients, carers and health professionals concerning a specific disease/condition.

Within the sphere of specialist practice:
  • Is working towards advanced knowledge and skills within specialist sphere of practice.
  • Contributes to the facilitation of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care pathways for a designated group of patients.
  • Support the development of nursing practice within the specialist field and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.
  • Contributes to training and education within specialist area.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • Registered nurse (appropriate to branch)
  • Current NMC registration
  • Diploma plus specialist qualifications / experience within specialist area prepared to take degree level study
  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for student supervision and assessment (formally Mentorship) if relevant to role.
  • Current driving licence if relevant to role


  • Degree in health related subject

Knowledge & Experience


  • Some post registration experience within related specialist area of practice
  • Extended clinical practice underpinned by training supervision & assessment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant NHS policy or project specific policy context.
  • Has understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding.
  • Evidence of on-going continuous professional development.


  • Research or audit experience.
  • Evidence of contribution towards education and training programmes.

Skills & Abilities


  • Good IT skills
  • Effective report writing skills
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Effective organisation and time management skills


  • Change management skills and involvement in project work

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Victoria Infirmary

317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary


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