Community Heart Failure Specialist Nurse (HFSN)
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
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12 month Secondment/Fixed Term contract
NHS England and NHS Improvements are funding Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) service for 12 months for Heart failure (HF) patients. This funding is to improve cardiac rehabilitation, reduce health inequalities and work towards the NHS Long Term Plan. This exciting opportunity requires an experienced band 7 HFSN to join our cardiovascular rehabilitation and Heart Failure teams at GEH NHS Trust to lead this project. The post holder will complete clinical assessments incorporating HF medicine optimisations and education on self-management prior to HF patients commencing there Cardiac rehabilitation programmes, at midway and on completion of their exercise programme.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be responsible for ensuring each milestone is achieved with continuous collection of activity, QoL improvements and patient satisfaction data which will be collected and presented quarterly. The HFSN will provide clinical expertise to the rehabilitation team which includes nurses, Physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, technical instructors, administration support, Dietitian, IAPT practitioners and volunteers. The HFSN will work closely with the existing HF nursing team and HF consultants to ensure an integrated pathway of care. The post holder will endeavor to improve the understanding amongst other health professionals of which patients will benefit and should be referred to CR.
Here at George Eliot our vision to'excel at patient care'takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive health services delivered by inspiring and compassionate staff who share our corporate values:
Effective Open Communication
Excellence and safety in everything we do
Challenge but support
Expect respect and dignity
Local health that inspires confidence
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust provides a range of hospital and community based services to more than 300,000 people across Nuneaton & Bedworth, North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry. The Trust has a reputation for providing high quality well-structured care in a friendly and supportive environment.
To include level of responsibility for:
- Assess, risk-stratify and plan care for all HF/CR referrals received from HF team, in-hospital departments, GP Practices, HCPs and self-referrals.
- Provide highly specialised, evidence-based advice and information regarding all aspects of Heart failure, intervention and treatment to patients and their families/carers.
- Improve patients confidence and capability in self-management of their conditions with appropriate use of other healthcare resources.
- Ensure all patient information is documented in an accurate and timely manner.
- Manage the telephone calls, clinic and virtual consultations to support HF patients ensuring optimisation of all therapies such as medications, cardiac devices and CR (REACH-HF).
- Develop personalised care plans with shared decision making between individuals and professionals. Plans should endeavour to address depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, as well as healthy behaviours. Facilitate online and virtual programmes
- Improve patients health-related quality of life, self-management, functional and maximum exercise capacity; reducing disability associated with HF.
- Independently manage and run HFSN led clinics providing information and advice regarding explanation of diagnosis, symptom control, risk factor management, stress management, exercise, dietary and HF medicines advice and HF medicines optimisation.
- Provide health education to groups/individual patients ensuring that appropriate, consistent and realistic information is provided.
- Provide sensitive and highly complex information in sometimes hostile and highly emotive atmospheres.
- Provide internal and external teaching.
- Make and receive direct referrals to and from relevant members of the multi-disciplinary teams and Primary Care colleagues when appropriate.
- Initiate relevant investigations if required and advice on appropriate treatment.
- Liaise with Consultant HF and Cardiologists as appropriate.
- Devise and maintain educational/health promotion documentation for patients, ward staff etc.
- Use professional judgement to act as an advocate for patients to ensure patient focussed care. Enabling patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their treatment and management. Escalate any concerns.
- Report any concerns regarding safeguarding, awareness of trust policies of safeguarding, mental capacity and DOLS and the application of the principles of Prevent.
- To prescribe as a non-medical prescriber appropriate medical therapies as agreed by the trust.
- Seek expert help or more experienced help where necessary.
- Practice within the scope of professional registration (NMC)
Education and development responsibilities:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and expertise of HF speciality.
- To take responsibility for adjusting ones own scope of professional practice in order to demonstrate competence and continuous development.
- Participate in research, audit related to care of HF patients, inclusive of collection of data to ensure milestones for HF/CR project are met.
- Undertake appropriate training to enhance patient care within current guidelines.
- Provide specialist advice which contributes to the diagnosis care and education/carers within the speciality of heart failure management.
- Keep knowledge updated in all aspects of CR and HF including stress management, relaxation, exercise, healthy eating, smoking cessation, resuscitation and medication.
Experience and Knowledge
Qualification(s) and Professional Training
Skills and Abilities
Certificate of Sponsorship
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