Clinical Specialist - Spinal Care

  • NHS
  • Full Time
  • Norwich

Job Description

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 [email protected]


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