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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/08/2021.

Specialist Frailty Nurse

Job Reference: 348-MNH-611A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Urgent Community Responce
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

We are seeking an enthusiastic registered Nurse to join our Urgent Community Response (UCR) team delivering care to patients closer to home and preventing unnecessary hospital admission across North Hampshire. The Nurses role is an innovative and dynamic way to work with people to support them to receive high quality care in their own home, and reduce avoidable admissions.

The Frailty nurse will work closely with the Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), Consultant Practitioner and GPs to provide fast reactive services for patients with exacerbation of long term conditions and/or frailty, ensure rapid delivery of treatment, care planning and admission avoidance where appropriate.

They will provide assessment and care planning including history taking, physical assessment and treatment planning, without direct supervision, and delegate appropriate tasks to Associate Practitioners and Health Care Support Workers and offer clinical supervision to support them in their role.

Our UCR team is developing 4 defined pathways delivered over 7 day working, 8am-8pm. These pathways consist of:

  • Rapid response admission avoidance
  • Falls Car admission avoidance
  • Front door Frailty Team (ED)
  • NHS 111 admission avoidance

Rapid response focuses on preventing avoidable hospital admissions for patients with acute ill health conditions by providing holistic assessment with 2 hours of referral and treatments over a 2 week pathway, typically referred from primary care.

The falls car consists of an Advanced Frailty Therapist or Nurse alongside a Paramedic and responds to referrals directly from 999 for patients who are triaged as low risk of conveyance but require physical assessment and support with functional needs that would, if not addressed, put the patient at risk of hospital attendance through loss of independence and/or falls.

The Front door frailty team (HHFT) is based in Hampshire hospitals and aims to support same day turn around to prevent avoidable admission.

111 admission avoidance pathways are currently in the development phase

The UCR team works in an integrated way with the Front Door Frailty team within ED at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and with South Central Ambulance Service.

The role allows you to work autonomously and implement a breadth of interventions, while having the support of a wider multidisciplinary team, including nurses, AHP’s and Consultant practitioners.

For more information on this role, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Annie Cripps Team Lead UCR

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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