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Complex Discharge Nurse - Transfer of Care Hub

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an opportunity to join the energetic, innovative complex discharge team. It is an exciting time for complex discharge with many new pathways and initiatives being introduced with partnerships with external agencies being forged by the complex team.

You will provide clinical expertise to support safe, effective and timely discharge working directly with internal and external multidisciplinary teams as required.

The role will coordinate the NHS CHC process including carrying out nursing assessments ensuring that the Care Domains within the national framework for NHS continuing healthcare are applied against each continuing healthcare assessment and a detailed rationale given for each decision made. You will also recommend based on clinical evidence if patients have a 'primary health need' and therefore are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare.

This post will offer you the opportunity to develop and flourish whilst learning about the operational management of the Trust. You will be part of a developing team that strives to ensure all patients are given equal opportunity to return home.

You'll need to be enthusiastic and have a strong sense of purpose and good diplomatic skills in engaging staff. However you'll also need to be tenacious, confident, calm and persuasive.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the safe discharge of patients from Ipswich Hospital and the community hospitals in Ipswich and East Suffolk, and the effective delivery of Discharge to Assess.
  • You will be responsible for supporting all aspects associated with the facilitation of discharging patients from Ipswich Hospital and the community hospitals, working with the relevant clinical specialties of ESNEFT to agreed quality standards and within the resources and income base available, to support the Trust's development as a clinically led organisation.
  • To work collaboratively with other clinical services within the hospital, social care, voluntary services, care sector, community services, and across the Alliance partners.
  • Will provide that trusted assessor role to our care home providers.
  • You will be responsible for interpretation of national policy and guidance relating to the safe discharge of patients, ensuring the development and implementation of local policy and procedures to deliver a quality integrated discharge service.
  • To provide specialist advice with respect to NHS EOL FastTrack Continuing Healthcare, to patients, health and social care professionals and other agencies.
  • To provide support and challenge to ward pressures to ensure high quality individualised discharge planning for patients and relatives/carers and to contribute to the continuing improvement and development of discharge processes and care pathways.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of knowledge of the Hospital Discharge and Community policy
  • Evidence of knowledge of Discharge to Assess and the hospital discharge pathways.
  • Ability to demonstrate the importance of, and commitment to integrated working


  • Understanding of hospital discharge procedures and pathways



  • Registered Nurse


  • Degree or equivalent



  • Proven post registration experience at ward level
  • Success in working collaboratively across professions and services
  • Acute/complex care experience
  • Working in a hospital environment


  • Experience in more than one speciality



  • Intermediate IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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