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Cardiology Specialist Nurse

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Hours: 22.5 per week

Are you an excellent nurse looking for the next challenge? We have an rare exciting opportunity for a Cardiology Specialist Nurse.

The Band 6 Cardiology Specialist Nurse role is pivotal in assisting with the development and performance of the established nurse led RACPC, pre-assessment clinics and elective cardioversion service in collaboration with Cardiologists and other members of the MDT.

The post involves working towards being autonomous in the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic, pre-assessment clinics for elective cardiac procedures. We work closely with the cardiology consultants, cardiac physiologists and the Cardiac Catheter Lab team.

If you have the motivation and passion to join this enthusiastic team we would love to hear from you. We will provide you with development opportunities to enhance your current level of practice and will support you as you support the team in providing this service.

For further information, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Senior Sister Lisa Sidaway, Cardiology Outpatients on 01793 603095. Alternatively, contact Cardiology Matron Trish O'Connell on 01793 604103 or via switchboard on 01793 604020 bleep 1092.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will assist with the development and performance of the established nurse led RACPC and pre-assessment clinics in collaboration with Cardiologists and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
  • You will be undertaking advanced assessment and will be expected to make good clinical decision making skills in the investigation and management of patients with chest pain and other cardiac conditions.
  • The post holder will be responsible for his/her own workload and will be expected to provide local clinical expertise and knowledge in cardiology, in line with National guidelines, thereby promoting best practice.

About us

Our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect - are a golden thread running through everything we do. These values serve as a guiding principle, driving us towards our vision of delivering great joined up services to our local community. Whether at home, in the community, or within the hospital, our goal is to empower individuals to lead independent and healthier lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Use specialist skills and knowledge to assess individual cardiac patients. Perform nurse led clinics, working autonomously, including taking patient history and physical examination. Order appropriate pathology testing, ECGs, X-rays, echocardiography, CT coronary angiograms, stress testing and coronary angiography.
  • Act as an expert resource to assess patients with cardiac conditions. Develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care. Identify risk factors and advise on care and management following referral by agreed protocol. Implement local and national guidance (eg. NICE).
  • Reduce the impact of symptoms through achieving effective medical therapy through nurse prescribing.
  • Be responsible for assessing, monitoring and managing risk in this patient group, working within the Clinical Governance Framework to improve service quality.
  • Obtain informed consent for patients undergoing elective cardiac procedure.
  • Further develop nurse-led clinics for this patient group in consultation with the Consultant Cardiologist, and evaluate this service.
  • Improve access to medicines management via independent nurse prescribing within scope of competence within the nurse led clinics.
  • Provide patients and their families appropriate and evidence based advice regarding lifestyle modification, cardiac event and recovery.
  • Accurate and legible documentation should be completed to record Cardiac assessments/interventions.
  • Contribute to a patients seamless care between secondary and primary care by providing good written communication to the patients GP and patient regarding individual assessments and behavior changes/goals agreed.
  • Signposting and referring where appropriate patients to other health professionals or supportive services e.g. smoking cessation, dietetic team, psychology services.
  • Input and update patient records on the local RACPC database.
  • Manage own caseload of and outpatients.
  • Actively contribute to Cardiology team in service training/updates for all members of the team.
  • Supervise and provide learning opportunities for other members of staff including nursing students.
  • Address and deal with unexpected events that impact on service delivery e.g. staff sickness to prioritise workload appropriately.
  • Maintain knowledge of research and development within the field of Cardiology on a National and International level.
  • Identify appropriate areas of the service that may benefit from audit or research and liaise with senior members of the team to undertake research/audit projects.
  • Be accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care, and contribute to creating an environment where clinical excellence will flourish.
  • Maintain competency in ILS and defibrillation skills

  • Person Specification



    • NMC Registered nurse (level 1)
    • Diploma/Degree in nursing or willingness to undertake study at this level
    • ILS provider


    • Relevant post graduate course in cardiology, cardiothoracic nursing or coronary care
    • Non-Medical Prescribing



    • Significant experience of working within a Cardiology setting
    • Significant post Registration nursing experience


    • Experience within a health promotion role



    • A good standard of written and spoken English is required to be able to undertake the relevant duties
    • Basic IT Skills including use of email, inputting data, power point
    • The ability to dictate clear concise letters


    • Advanced IT Skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Great Western Hospital

    Marlborough Road


    SN3 6BB

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