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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/11/2021.

Clinical Specialist - Spinal Care

Job Reference: 234-21-S2085

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Trauma & Orthopaedics
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum (pro rata)

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team.

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:

People-focused: We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.

Respect: We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.

Integrity: We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.

Dedication: We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.

Excellence: We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital.

Wish you were here..? Take a look at our recruitment brochure under the 'Further links' section to find out more about our Hospital and what we have to offer

We value equality in our team and recruit from all sections of the community. We recognise there is a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and if you meet the minimum criteria detailed in the person specification and have a disability, you may wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme by indicating this in the relevant section on your application.

If you are interested in applying for this role, the job Description provides details of responsibilities and requirements Please use your supporting statement to demonstrate how you meet the person specification.

An exciting new full time permanent position is open to Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professional candidates with significant experience in managing patients who have acute spinal cord injuries. As part of a regional transformation, the NNUH will become a spinal hub expanding our provision for acute spinal cord injury patients. The successful applicant will be key in leading and shaping this service in collaboration with a small team of cord injury nurses and therapists.

This new role will sit alongside the established spinal care service at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital which currently consists of 6 Consultants, a Spinal Fellow and two Specialist Trainees who work alongside our spinal nurse practitioners, Allied health professionals and the ward team. The successful applicant will be responsible for accepting tertiary SCI referrals from spoke hospitals within the region to provide a centralised system of care for SCI patients. This will involve liaising with the on-call Orthopaedic team and regional Emergency Departments.

The Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Hospitals Trust serves a population of 822,500 people in the beautiful area of East Anglia. The Orthopaedic service is a busy regional trauma centre and forward thinking department offering a range of elective and trauma care to the local community. We currently employ over 30 Orthopaedic surgeons, some with international recognition in their specialties and employ 25 practitioners who are a combination of Nurse Practitioners, Surgical Care Practitioners and Specialist pharmacists. Patients are cared for on 2 dedicated Orthopaedic wards and within a dynamic outpatient department.

At the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, we are committed to ensuring all organisations and Trust values are inclusive, thoughtful and open to regular discussion and development. We believe that having a diverse workforce and allowing people to be themselves is essential to good employment and we are openly supportive and encourage difference. As part of this ethos, our organisations have a range of active staff networks, including but not limited to: Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, + (LGBT+) Staff Network and a Diverse Ability Staff Network.

The post holder will work as a central figure within the East of England Spinal Cord Injury (EoE SCI) partnership, within the Norwich spinal hub. The Norwich spinal hub will optimise spinal cord injury recovery by improving timely access to services in creating appropriate environments and commencing specialist rehabilitation within the acute sector.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership and expertise in the field of spinal injuries by providing information, support, and advice to patients, their families and carers, and to act as a resource to the multi-professional team within the Norwich spinal hub. The post holder will participate in the co-ordination of patient care to ensure continuity throughout the patient’s care pathway and will liaise closely with the health care teams of in-patient wards, outpatient department and primary care, including consultant and GP’s, for own speciality & others.

The post holder will demonstrate wide and in-depth experience of all aspects of the speciality, exercising clinical leadership and effective education within their sphere of practice. In order to develop services the post holder will be required to monitor and improve standards of care through clinical audit, leading the development of practice through research.

Specifically in the inpatient setting the post holder will be responsible for designing, creating and enhancing a specialist SCI environment for patients within the spinal hub, monitoring progress and advising on appropriate treatments or access to psychological therapy/support. In the outpatient setting the post holder will be required to input into the regional service combining local specialist surgery and rehabilitation follow up to the patient and care networks. On occasions the post holder will be responsible for the repatriation of patients to other local hospitals or to intermediate beds in specialist nursing homes to continue to provide appropriate patient care.

The post holder will be responsible for region wide SCI training to support staff in delivering evidence based care avoiding preventable complications, acting as the SCI guardian for the Norwich spinal hub.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Dedication, Integrity and Excellence.

Advertising start date: 18 November 2021

Advertising closing date: 29 November 2021

Interview date: 08 December 2021 (AM)

For further details / informal visits contact:

Yvonne Walker, Lead Orthopaedic Practitioner or Andrew Cook Consultant Spinal Surgeon on 01603 289162

DBS: If this post involves working with children or vulnerable adults the application form will ask for information regarding previous convictions as you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record and Barring Check known as a DBS check.

If you are a new employee or registering with the Staff Bank you will need to meet the cost of this unless your salary is less than point 9 of AfC.

NHS Service: Should you be appointed to the post we will need to establish any previous NHS service via the ESR IAT and we will accept the submission of your application as your agreement to this.

UK Registration: You will need to have current UK professional registration where this is a requirement of the role.

Application: All our communication with you regarding your application will be by e-mail so please check your e-mails (and Spam) regularly.

Data Protection: A privacy notice detailing how we will handle your data is attached to this advert as a document. Your application will be transferred to our recruitment management system (Trac) once the advert has closed and you will receive notification then detailing how Trac will handle your data.

Covid-19 Vaccination update:The government has recently announced that from 1 April 2022 NHS workers, who have face-to-face contact with patients and/or service users and who are deployed as part of CQC regulated activity, will need to provide evidence that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, unless they are medically exempt.

Evidence must be provided through the NHS vaccination passport as part of our standard recruitment checks. Please take this into account when making your application. Details on the announcement and information about COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the Government and NHS websites.

This statement will be updated as further guidance becomes available.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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