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Discharge Coordinator

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Registered Nurse RMN/ Social worker/OT to undertake the role of Discharge Coordinator within the MID Essex location.

The inpatient wards provide assessment and treatment of service users experiencing a range of mental health problems. The team looks at planning for effective and timely discharge by working within the multi-disciplinary team and takes the lead for discharge planning of complex cases. The Discharge Coordinator role is necessary to improve the flow of service users through their inpatient journey by supporting the service user with care packages, accommodation choices, funding applications and decisions thus avoiding unnecessary delays. The role requires the discharge coordinator to reliably communicate the needs of the service user and ensure action between inpatient services, community mental health services and other key agencies is efficient in order achieve timely, appropriate and effective discharges from hospital.

The role will involve preparing and presenting cases to health and social care panels ensuring all necessary assessments have been completed. The role includes assisting inpatient staff with the necessary assessment paperwork and processes and you will work closely with health and local authorities in identifying suitable placements and packages of care where necessary.

Main duties of the job

  • Will act as an independent practitioner within hospital settings, while liaising with other professionals as necessary.
  • Will work with the MDT identifying barriers to discharge, and how these can be resolved, ensuring the safe discharge of the individual presenting to the acute hospital setting
  • Will be responsible for supporting the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters, to ensure meaningful admission and safe, appropriate discharge.
  • Have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation, which govern current service provision and audit.
  • Will be responsible for ensuring effective communication pathways exist.
  • Will be responsible for ensuring the promotion of equality diversity and rights in accordance with good practice and legislation.
  • Will be responsible for identifying and contributing to the training needs necessary in providing quality evidence based care as appropriate.

To provide professional advice and support to other agencies and members of the multidisciplinary team, and act up for the Team Manager in their absence as appropriate. To act as a role model and supervise less experienced staff.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will need excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise your caseload, work to strict deadlines as well as working autonomously and within the multidisciplinary team. You would also benefit from having knowledge of housing and homelessness as well as the welfare and benefits system in the UK.

To be successful you should have experience of working within a mental health setting with experience of working with acutely unwell service users and be able to demonstrate continued professional development.

An understanding of the Recovery Model approach is required, taking into account the needs of families and carer's, whilst working under the direction of senior staff.

There is an expectation to visit our inpatient sites in MID Essex, so having access to your own vehicle for work purposes is essential.

For full details please refer to Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Essential and Desirable Essential
  • Must hold professional registration
  • Must have 1 years post qualification experience
  • Hold full driving licence
  • Understanding of barriers to discharge
essential Essential
  • Must have right to work in UK
  • Must be willing to travel to attend sites in Essex

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