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VTE Prevention Clinical Nurse Specialist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum, including HCA
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The purpose of the venous thromboembolism (VTE) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role is to ensure high quality VTE prevention care is embedded throughout the organisation with the aim of reducing preventable patient harm from hospital associated thrombosis. The role holder will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary thrombosis team and will take responsibility for leading on VTE prevention care, and ensuring adherence to the NICE VTE guidance, to include surveillance, analysis and improvement of VTE risk assessment rates, hospital associated thrombosis cases, VTE staff education, VTE patient information and appropriate use of thromboprophylaxis measures. Activity will involve data collection, analysis, presentation and dissemination, staff education activities, awareness initiatives and quality improvement work.

As a leading centre in the field, the post holder will support the nurse consultant and the wider team in providing national leadership and maintaining VTE prevention as an important national patient safety initiative.

As an integral part of the wider thrombosis nursing team, the post holder will participate in regular clinical activity in the nurse led anticoagulation and DVT services.

Main duties of the job

Ensure VTE risk assessment rates meet the National target of 95%

Ensure thromboprophylaxis giving across the Trust is in line with local and national guidance

Undertake VTE staff education

Perform root cause analysis of VTE and disseminate learning in line with PSIRF

Collate, analyse and present data pertaining to VTE prevention such as risk assessment

Perform audit and investigation to inform quality improvement work.

Carry out quality improvement work and evaluate effectiveness.

Work clinically within the anticoag and thrombosis nurse led services.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

To develop first hand understanding and familiarity of the VTE prevention clinical processes used across the Trust.

To develop expert knowledge around VTE prevention and thrombosis management.

To act as a resource person for the Trust and Nationally around VTE prevention and thrombosis management.

To work autonomously as an expert practitioner in the nurse led anticoagulation and thrombosis services providing safe and effective patient centred care.

To attend MDT meetings, ensuring all patients are represented.

To participate in the identification and development of clinical protocols and strategies to enhance both the continuity and standard of specialist care whilst ensuring equity of access to the service.


To accept responsibility for VTE prevention leadership locally, and take initiative to seek performance surveillance and data collection to inform robust quality improvement work.

To use initiative and build strong working relationships to positively influence VTE prevention practice across the Trust.

To actively support clinical staff to provide high quality VTE prevention care.

To contribute positively to the leadership of nursing within the care group acting as an effective role model.

To liaise with relevant partner organisations in order to develop existing services for clients, carers and health professionals when necessary.

To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements.


Develop effective communication strategies to ensure dissemination of updates and learning around VTE prevention across the Trust.

To participate in relevant fora at Care Group, Trust or ICS Level to represent the service perspective.

To forge effective links within primary, secondary and tertiary care and other key stakeholders to ensure effective communication.

Strategy and Planning

Work with the thrombosis, patient safety, education, ICT, business and quality improvement teams to develop and implement strategies for continuous improvement in VTE prevention.

Work with the nurse consultant and lead nurse to help develop and deliver local departmental strategies aimed at improving patient services and staff satisfaction.

Ensure compliance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and take appropriate considerations when designing new services and training.

Reporting and Analysis

To utilise and maintain information systems to aid audit and to provide regular activity analysis reports.

To comply with measures to actively manage and reduce risk to patients. Ensuring the formal reporting and recording of adverse incidents in line with Trust policy.

To use data to write reports to be disseminated throughout the organisation and to the ICS.

Maintain contemporaneous and accurate treatment records, submitting relevant statistics, reports and activity data as requested. To participate in the evaluation of the service in terms of clinical effectiveness, clinical excellence and value for money.

Research and Service Development

To lead, participate in and assist with any appropriate/relevant Trust approved research projects conducted within the department.

To promote nursing research and evidenced based practice relevant to the speciality.

To actively contribute to any relevant initiatives within the care group and provide support to colleagues and Heads of Nursing.

Education and Training

To plan, deliver and evaluate delivery of programmes of staff education and training according to the identified needs of clients, carers and other involved in their care.

To ensure all clinicians receive appropriate VTE prevention training on induction and receive regular update training.

Maintain records of educational activity and surveillance of compliance with VTE staff education national standards.

To organise and deliver regular VTE Champion meetings.

To present on VTE prevention at relevant Trust and external foras.

To attend meetings and conferences as appropriate ensuring that you are fully conversant with current issues both within the Trust and within the specialist services locally and nationally.

To keep up to date with developments within the field.

Work with line manager to develop a personal development plan.

Adhere to the NMC Code and meet requirements for professional revalidation.

Policy and Process

To participate in the process of operational policies review annually in accordance with national standards.

Person Specification



  • An advanced practitioner with extensive clinical experience pertinent to the area within the last 2 years
  • To have proven experience of service development or quality improvement work


  • Experience of running audit programmes
  • Experience of delivering presentations



  • Evidence of post graduate professional study and development



  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills


  • Advanced computer skills

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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