Older person's practitioner

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic band 7 nurse or therapist to lead the established older person’s practitioner (OPP) team within Division B - medicine care group at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

You will be joining a team of highly motivated, experienced and respected specialist practitioners. They include nurses, physiotherapists and are an integral aspect of locality based working; a novel and increasingly regarded model of working, throughout Southampton city and Hampshire. The medicine for older people unit is rapidly expanding for example into the front door frailty unit, for which the OPP’s are integral, and community projects. You will be dynamic, forward thinking and be able to evidence strong leadership skills to continue to drive the OPP service forward.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated nurse or therapist with experience at band 6 level to lead a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing their skills in this specialist role. The older person’s practitioners will assist the medical and nursing teams in managing caseloads of patients who have complex health and social care needs and work closely with the community teams in the management of long term conditions. This is an innovative opportunity for integrated working across both primary and secondary care providing a high quality, evidence based seamless service for patients.

You will provide expert clinical knowledge and support to both the medical and ward/department teams with the management of these groups of patients. You will work autonomously within the structure and requirements of your allocated locality team and make key decisions regarding your patient caseload.

We constantly strive to improve our patient pathways and therefore it would be advantageous for applicants to demonstrate the ability to adapt to new ways of working.

You should be enthusiastic and forward thinking, as well as eager to develop your own clinical and management skills. Proven evidence of excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work across boundaries is essential.

Key clinical elements of this role are:

  • Case management for patients with complex health and social care needs
  • Chasing clinical investigations, and reports
  • Coordination of care needs across secondary/primary care settings
  • Integral working as part of the ward/dept multi- disciplinary teams
  • Communication link for families with the medical team
  • Anticipatory care planning
  • Follow up home visits in the community or with care home providers
  • Physical assessment of patients, on behalf of the medical team following training and completion of competencies
  • Clinical shifts on the MOP wards approximately once per month, to provide specialist knowledge, maintain clinical skills, and support the ward teams

You will need to have post qualification experience in an emergency care setting, and have a passion for making a difference to the care of the older person.

Service provision is over 7 days between the core hours of 08:00 – 18:00 days therefore flexibility to work a shift pattern to meet the needs of the service is essential.

If you enjoy working in a busy environment, and you are looking for a position that will provide you with both challenges and developmental opportunities, then this post is for you.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care. One of our main objectives has been to become a top ten research trust, with the pharmacy department ...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

https://www.uhs-vle.co.uk/   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS

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Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:


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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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6 February 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £33,222 - £43,041 pa pro rata GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

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