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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/12/2020.

Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist

Job Reference: 225-DIV2-NW2617014-A

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
CNS neurology
New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are delighted that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and just like you, we are ambitious about what we do. We are continually striving to improve patients’ experience and outcomes.

Bring your dedication and determination here, and you will benefit from the support of an experienced and enthusiastic multi-professional team committed to the delivery of brilliant patient care.

Will you join us on this journey? Here’s more about the role and what we are looking for.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services. We have been nationally recognised for providing excellence in healthcare; we are home to the busiest and most technologically advanced Cardiac Centre in the West Midlands. We have a strong research focus; the Trust hosts the Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM), which is part of the National Institute for Health Research, the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. This alliance makes sure that clinical research occupies the place it deserves and is a driver to improve patient care.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, proactive Nurse Specialist to make a significant difference to the health outcomes of adults with epilepsy. This is a full time, band 7 post within the Department of Neurology at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. We are currently recruiting additional nurses and medical staff to cover a large and expanding geographical area, including South Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Shropshire, with services also provided to people living in mid Wales.

The Department of Neurology views its staff as its most important asset. As such, the post-holder will be supported with induction, training and advanced educational opportunities. We will use the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses Association (ESNA) competencies to help the post-holder to develop a clear career pathway towards expert practice.

The successful applicant will work as part of the expanding neurological nursing team. A Consultant Nurse for the epilepsies will provide expert clinical leadership alongside Consultant Neurologists with specialist interest in epilepsy.

The post holder will play a key role in the delivery of neurological services throughout the Trust. S/he will be expected to exercise a high degree of professional autonomy and to make critical judgements using specialist knowledge; s/he will provide the highest standard of holistic patient care for patients with epilepsy. S/he will be responsible for the organisation and management of workload and commitments to facilitate clinics that serve the needs of our patient, including telemedicine services, adapting and prioritising as necessary.

Applicants should be highly motivated, dynamic and will play a pivotal role in epilepsy and neurology nursing service development, in line with national guidance. The successful candidate will work with the Consultant Nurse for the epilepsies, Clinical Nurse specialists for the epilepsies, Neurology Consultants and the wider multi-disciplinary team, for the benefit of people with epilepsy. The post-holder will be required to establish and maintain nurse-led clinics independently, including Ante-natal, VNS and transition clinics. S/he will have responsibility for assessing patients and subsequently devising, implementing and assessing an individual’s comprehensive epilepsy care plan.

The post-holder will also play a major part in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients with refractory epilepsy and those with Non Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD). The post-holder will be required to work closely with health colleagues within primary, secondary and tertiary care (including the epilepsy surgery service), social care, voluntary agencies, contributing to and implementing care for people with epilepsy.

The Department of Neurology is rapidly expanding its research portfolio. The post-holder will participate in high quality, nurse led research and audit, applicable to the specialty, and to the benefit of patients. As an educator, the post-holder will help to develop the knowledge base of people with epilepsy and health professionals who provide care for them.

Consideration for a development position at band 6 would also be given to an appropriate candidate who does-not currently meet the person specification for this post, but who can demonstrate the motivation, interest and drive to deliver a high level of specialist intervention and care to patients with epilepsy. Training and development opportunities will be offered to an applicant willing and able to attain the standards required to work as a band 7 CNS in epilepsy.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NamePhil TittensorJob titleConsultant nurse for the epilepsiesEmail addressphil.tittensor@nhs.netTelephone number01543 576042

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

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