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Discharge Support Practitioner

Job Reference: 841-19-264-FB

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Integrated Assessment Team
Gloucester Royal Hospital
£21,089 - £23,761

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) were planning to join. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.

Discharge Support Practitioner

Banding: 4

Hours: 37.5 hours/week

Salary: £21,089 - £23,761

Location: Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester

Service Hours are currently:

Mon-Fri - 08.00-20.00 hours

W/Es & BHs - 08.00-18.00 hours

Successful candidates will be required to work one weekend a month.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Discharge Support Practitioner to join the Integrated Assessment Team (IAT) based at GRH.

The Integrated Assessment Team (IAT)consists of a multi-disciplinary team who provide a timely assessment and identification of a discharge pathway for patients presenting to the Emergency Department(ED), Acute Medical Units (AMU’s) and Frailty Unit.

What is especially exciting is that the Gloucestershire care Services (GCS) IAT team and the Gloucester Hospital (GHFT) Frailty Team are integrating to improve patient flow and patient experience. This new team, the Integrated Frailty and Admission Avoidance Service ( IFAAS ) will begin working together on 1st October 2019 and aims to deliver better and safer patient care.

The role of the Discharge Support Practitioner can be divided into two main roles:

  1. To work independently without direct supervision undertaking patient assessments as allocated by an IAT clinician. These assessments can include elements of both nursing and therapy ( OT/Physio ).

  2. To provide day to day support to IAT clinicians assisting with patient assessments or completing admin duties.

We will offer the successful candidate a supportive environment for learning with a competency framework to guide development. The successful candidate will have a designated mentor, regular supervision and an induction program upon starting.

For informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact the Integrated Assessment Team Leads, either Lee Phillips on 07816 060025 or Dawn Harris on 07786 976011. Alternatively either Lee or Dawn can be contacted by email on ( /

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with an Adult‘s Barring List check. Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.

Shortlisting date: Wednesday 4th September 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 17th September 2019


Online Assessment
NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge

As part of your application you are invited to complete the NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge available at

All NHS employees share a belief in the quality of patient care. It is important that our shared beliefs are part of everything we do to ensure that our role has a positive impact on the lives of patients. Try one of the 'Values for healthcare' video challenges at the link above and find out whether you have what it takes to join the NHS.

You can choose any one of the featured job roles for your challenge - don't worry too much about having to match your choice exactly to the type of job role you are thinking about. You only need to follow one job role to complete the challenge.

If you are invited to interview you may be requested to bring a copy of the outcome of the 'Values for healthcare' challenge with you.

The Trust aims to promote a culture of inclusion, where colleagues understand and celebrate the diversity and different perspectives of our service users and colleagues.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The trust expects colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance relevant to the post.

For customer-facing roles all applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate in English with confidence.

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHS jobs as initial feedback will be through their account. Interview dates will usually be advised to shortlisted candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date. This is not always the case and so if candidates have not had any feedback from their application, they can call the Recruitment Team on 0300 421 8602.

Subsequent offers of employment will be via NHS jobs followed by communication via email and hard copy letters.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade.
Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

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.

UK Registration

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

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