Bladder and Bowel Clinical Nurse/Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Lead
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Fixed term contract/ maternity cover for 12 months
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Specialist Bladder and Bowel Care Service .
The post holder will demonstrate a high level of expertise within the Bladder and Bowel Care Service providing advice, education and support to staff, patients, their families and carers.
The post holder will be practising autonomously as an advanced clinical practitioner within the specialist area of bladder and Bowel care to provide patient-centred clinical care. This will encompass the skills of advanced clinical assessment, examination, diagnosis and treatment within an agreed scope of practice throughout the directorate.
The post holder will support new ways of working that emphasises a more efficient and patient focused service, and will ensure the safe treatment, referral and discharge of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed presentations in their area.
Responsibility for leading the on-going development of clinical practice and standards of care within the service, including the development of policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues.
The post holder will deliver a 90% clinical component to their role and 10% related to appraisal, clinical audit, teaching, continuous professional development and research.
Main duties of the job
- Work autonomously as an advanced practitioner in bladder and bowel care, managing a caseload and delivering individualized patient care.
- Hold direct responsibility for the assessment, examination, investigation, and diagnosis of patients within the designated area of work.
- Treat patients appropriately, ensuring safe management, and make referrals or discharges as needed.
- Receive referrals from various sources, manage caseload, and prioritize clinical tasks according to protocols.
Professional Leadership & Management:
- Provide visible and accessible professional leadership, demonstrating expert knowledge and standards of clinical practice.
- Lead and develop a defined area of Advanced Clinical Practice, promoting interdisciplinary team and collaborative working practices.
- Support personal and professional development of team members through regular meetings.
- Promote team working, build rapport, and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and inter-hospital departments.
Education & Training:
- Act as an expert educational resource, providing formal and informal education and mentoring.
- Lead and participate in the delivery of educational programs for nursing, medical, and allied health professional staff.
- Support the personal and professional development of staff through mentorship and training.
Working for our organisation
Whittington Mission, Vision and Goals
We have an excellent reputation for being innovative, responsive and flexible to the changing clinical needs of the local population. We are treating more patients than ever before and are dedicated to improving services to deliver the best for our patients.
Helping local people live longer, healthier lives.
Provide safe, personal, co-ordinated care for the community we serve.
We have developed six key strategic goals to make sure we continue to support people to live longer, healthier lives.
- To secure the best possible health and wellbeing for all our community
- To integrate and coordinate care in person-centred teams
- To deliver consistent, high quality, safe services
- To support our patients and users in being active partners in their care
- To be recognised as a leader in the fields of medical and multi-professional education, and population-based clinical research
- To innovate and continuously improve the quality of our services to deliver the best outcomes for our local population
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
1. Work autonomously as an advanced practitioner within the bladder and bowel care service, managing a caseload of patients delivering individualised direct patient care.
2. Direct responsibility for assessment, examination, investigation and diagnosis of patients within their area of work.
3. Appropriately treat patients, resulting in the safe management and appropriate referral or discharge of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed presentations.
4. Receive referrals via a variety of sources, including direct patient referral. Manage own caseload and clinical priorities according to agreed protocols and working practices.
5. Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings as required
6. Undertake a variety of clinical skills and provide treatment/ advice as per speciality and scope of practice. Using agreed protocols of clinical practice and professional guidelines. This service may be provided in community or home care settings.
7. Within scope of practice and clinical competence request and / or undertake diagnostic procedures and clinical investigations related to plans of care
Professional Leadership & Management
1. Provide highly visible and accessible professional leadership and demonstrate expert knowledge and standards of clinical practice
2. Lead and develop a defined area of Advanced Clinical Practice within the designated area of practice, promoting interdisciplinary team and collaborative working practices
3. Meet regularly with team members as a team and on an individual basis as required to support their personal and professional development
4. Promote team working, build rapport and collaborative working practices with multidisciplinary team. Liaise with inter-hospital departments and personnel across organisational and professional groups. Ensuring effective communication and interpersonal skills with other disciplines and organisations.
5. Act as a clinical role model demonstrating high standards of advanced clinical practice and provide support or advice to other staff when necessary
6. Lead and support the development of the role according to changing patient’s needs, service requirements and evidence base practice.
7. Lead and actively participate in service/ departmental projects, quality initiatives and statutory accreditation processes. This will include the setting and monitoring of clinical standards of care.
8. Ensure that all resources are managed in an efficient and cost-effective manner to achieve maximum effect for patients and staff.
9. Adhere to all relevant Trust policies and procedures and to ensure that they are correctly implemented.
10. Lead in the implementation of multidisciplinary service objectives that reflect Trust strategies for patient care.
Education & Training
1. Act as an expert educational resource for clinical staff, patients, and carers by providing formal and informal education. Promote and develop a positive learning environment throughout the Trust.
2. Act as mentor/ assessor to staff members and students as required, providing educational advice and support. Ensure wards / departments can access appropriate training support and guidance.
3. Lead and actively participate in the delivery of educational programmes for all grades of nursing, medical and allied health professional staff.
4. Provide support and guidance to all levels of ward staff in their clinical role.
5. Ensure that pre and post registration students receive appropriate learning experience whilst allocated to the directorate.
6. Participate in provision and identification of in-service training need for all team staff.
7. Participate in education and practice development on a Trust wide basis liaising with Trust wide educational leads to ensure overall Trust educational objectives are delivered
Research & Audit
1. Participate and where required lead or assist in research projects as required, disseminating and ensuring utilisation of research results to change practice.
2. Utilise research findings in the delivery of advanced clinical patient care, developing new ways of working.
3. Be aware of research /trails being undertaken within the specialist field of practice
4. Participate and where required lead audit projects as required by the specialty, involving collating, analysing and reporting on results of the audit process.
5. Provide support, encouragement and advice to nursing staff undertaking audit and research.
6. Assist in the testing and evaluation of new equipment within the clinical area.
7. Collate, analyse and present reports on varying aspects of the speciality activity as required by directorate or divisional team
8. Ensure the results of audit and research conducted by the team are disseminated at local, regional and national level.
9. To share best practice; through publications and attendance/presentation opportunities at conference level.
Quality & Safety
1. Support the maintenance of KPI’s NHSLA compliance, CQC compliance and local and national clinical governance initiatives in close collaboration with the directorate senior nursing, medical and management and in collaboration with clinical governance teams.
2. Maintain improvements in patient safety by supporting implementation of patient safety initiatives, prompt and appropriate response to complaints resolution and escalation where appropriate
3. Ensure patient safety by escalating any risks with staffing or service provision to directorate management team
4. Report any issues with quality and safety immediately to Matron or Clinical Director
5. May be deployed to work in any part of the Trust should the need arise to ensure patient safety is maintained This job description is not exhaustive and is seen as a guideline for the post.
Education and Training
- First level NMC nurse registration/HCPC physiotherapy registration
- Educated to Masters level or working towards
- Show evidence of own BSc Degree (or equivalent) in Nursing/Physiotherapy
- Relevant post registration qualifications in urology or continence care
- Evidence of continuous and current professional and personal development, especially in the area of Pelvic Health
- Evidence of CPD through maintenance of a portfolio
- Teaching qualification or extensive experience
- Non Medical Prescribing Course
Skill and Abilities
- Advanced Clinical Assessment skills
- Publication in healthcare journals
- Evidence of dissemination of knowledge in wider healthcare organisations
- Evidence of research & audit
Knowledge and Experience
- Minimum of 5 years’ post registration experience at a senior level (Band 7 or above) in specialty area
- Evidence of on-going CPD
- Evidence of teaching in a variety of environments
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to perform in stressful and complex situation
- Sound clinical reasoning & decision making
- Ability to inspire and lead a team
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Holly Davies
- Job title
- Bladder and Bowel Service Lead
- Email address
- [email protected]
- Telephone number
- Additional information
We encourage informal discussion and visits. If you would like to arrange this, please contact: Holly Davies, Continence Service Lead, 020 3316 8401