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Assertive In-Reach Practitioner

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year no additions
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a people person, caring and want to make a difference? If yes then this could be for you. An exciting opportunity is available for a Registered General Nurse , to work for Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS). The Assertive In-Reach Team (AIR) is part of the Integrated Urgent & Emergency Care Division of LCHS and based within the acute hospital. The team cover mainly admission avoidance areas - A& E, UTC, SDEC, Fracture Clinic and work closely with our other community services and stakeholders based within the community and acute. The AIR team is pivotal in preventing admission to the hospital ensuring patient needs can be safely met back in the community with the emphasis on home first.

If you relish working under pressure, have an eye for service improvement and always put the person at the heart of everything you do we look forward to hearing from you. Within LCHS we are driven to make healthcare fit for the future, if you feel the same then this role is not to be missed.


Main duties of the job

To work as an accountable and autonomous practitioner. Recognising and responding to requests for patient reviews in a timely manner enabling a rapid continuation of flow back to the community, to avoid admission to hospital. As well as pro-actively identifying potential patients for admission avoidance, working to the homefirst principle. To be able to work alone and also as part of a MDT ensuring the patient stays centre of any decision and plan. Ability to liaise with other key stakeholders and services to provide the most appropriate support/onward needs of the patient.

Ability to think outside of the box, have influencing skills and ability to lead discussions. To demonstrate well informed clinical decision making in order to provide support and advice to patients, carers and other members of the multidisciplinary teams.

Prepared to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and respond in a timely responsive way.

About us

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is in the top 25 per cent of all community trusts for overall staff engagement in the 2021 NHS National Staff Survey.

At LCHS, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in LCHS' workforce.

LCHS recognises the increasing demand for more flexibility in working practices in order to accommodate the personal goals and commitments that employees experience at different stages during their working lives. Flexible working opportunities such as part-time working, compressed hours, job shares, and hybrid working models can help staff to balance their personal and work commitments. Arrangements can be put in place if it can be shown that the needs of the individual can be balanced with those of the service and the impact on other team members, enabling the Trust to recruit and retain skilled staff, raise staff morale, reduce absenteeism and respond to changing service needs more effectively.

We are an ambassador of a learning culture that will support the right individual to progress in their chosen career through an 'earn while you learn' apprenticeship programme. Visit our Learning and Development page to find out more'

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ability to recognise the un-well patient and respond appropriately.Forge strong and effective links with acute and community health services,adult care and other key stakeholders who are central to effectiveservice planning and deliveryEnsure that health and safety procedures and safe working practices aremaintained by self and others in the workplaceAct as a senior specialist advisor for the serviceProvide senior leadership, ensuring the highest standard of care, supported by evidence based practice.Be able to evaluate risk, complex needs and make sound and effectivedecisions alone and as part of the multi-disciplinary teamMake professionally autonomous decisions for which you are accountablefor, using well-informed decision making and problem solving skills. Undertake medicine management review for patients

To apply for the AIR Practitioner role you must hold current registration as a Registered General Nurse . You should hold a degree level qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Minimum two years experience in a relevant setting essential. You must have evidence of leadership, development and effective relationship skills.

The Integrated Urgent and Emergency Care services in Lincolnshire see thousands of patients every year both in the acute setting and community. As well as providing a urgent response, we are responsible for the management of patient flow across our system, working with partners from a range of other organisations to deliver care closer to home.

Person Specification



  • Must be RGN


  • 2 years experience, community experience desirable

Qualifcation in older people issues


  • Or ability to demonstrate equivalent experience


  • Experience of working with older adults in community

Continuous professional development


  • Recent professional development demonstrated


  • Evidence of conducting clinical audit

Experience of working in the NHS or related multi-professional setting


  • Recent experience within the NHS


  • Experience of Primary Care

Degree level or equivalent experience & knowledge in a health related subject


  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant health related setting


  • Relevant professional qualification ie community specialist practitioner, District nursing

Post reg experience in a relevant clinical setting


  • 2 years minimum in relevant setting


  • community experience

Demonstrate leadership & managment competencies


  • Existing and relevant leadership & management competencies


  • management or leadership qualification

Ability to prioritise and manage workload


  • Ability to undertake whilst taking account of patients urgent needs

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust


lincoln county hospital

greetwell road



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