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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/03/2021.

Headache Nurse Specialist

Job Reference: 317-2021-08-28-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Neurology Specialist Nurses - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£38,890 - £44,503 pro rata per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Headache Nurse Specialist within the Directorate of Neurosciences.

The role will entail the review, coordination of care and delivery of treatment options to patients who present with headache and providing emotional and practical support to them. The successful candidate must be dynamic, able to work autonomously in a specialised role and within multidisciplinary teams across wards, departments and other organisations.

You will take a supportive role in delivering specialist advice and support based on advanced level knowledge to patients, carers and healthcare professionals within the sphere of specialist practice. You will act as a resource to support the professional development of all members of the multi-disciplinary team, providing evidence based information to ensure delivery of best practice.

You must demonstrate that you have the potential for development to become a confident autonomous practitioner with excellent motivational and communication skills. A calm, methodical approach is essential, as you will be required to support and manage patients with a long term neurological condition. You will need to demonstrate a problem solving approach, utilising change management skills.

Ideally, you will have had experience of running a nurse led clinic autonomously for a highly specialised patient group to improve patient outcome.

Essential Requirements

  • Registered Nurse, some of which must be at a senior nursing level.
  • Current NMC Registration.
  • Degree level study.
  • Previous post registration experience in the clinical area, some of which must be relevant and recent.
  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for mentorship.
  • Good IT skills and presentation skills.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional, personal and academic development.
  • Proven leadership, prioritising and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven change management skills and practice development
  • Evidence of excellent, often highly sensitive communication and inter personal skills, including effective report writing.
  • Effective organisation and time management skills and able to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and across disciplines as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant NHS policy or project specific policy context.
  • Has understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding.

Desirable requirements

  • Post registration experience within Neurosciences.
  • Neuroscience Qualification.
  • Masters level study
  • Non medical prescribing

Part time 22 hours 30 minutes/week

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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