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Assistant Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
317 Targeted Lung Health Check Nurse Specialists - FH
Grade
Band 4
Contract
15 months (Fixed Term until October 2023)
Hours
  • Full time
  • Part time
Job ref
317-2022-21-023
Site
Freeman Hospital
Town
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59
Interview date
07/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two staff to join the newly appointed Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) nursing team in the role of Assistant Practitioner. This role will initially be until October 2023 and is to develop the triage element of the participant pathway including assessment and observation process. The successful candidates will work with the TLHC team based at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust in this groundbreaking pilot programme, aimed at detecting early-stage lung cancer, in patients registered with a Newcastle or Gateshead General Practice.

We are looking for motivated and dedicated individuals with a health background and a passion for providing high quality care to support the telephone triage elements of the pathway, working closely with the Specialist Nursing team, including the wider multi-disciplinary team. This is an exciting opportunity to promote specific health education and lifestyle changes including Smoking cessation and healthier lifestyle choices with the eligible participants.

  • Interview Date: 7th July 2022
  • 37 hours, 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The role requires the successful candidates to be able to work under minimal supervision from the Registered Nursing team (following appropriate training). You will possess an awareness of normal observation parameters concerning patient / client wellbeing including radiation and take appropriate action according to pre-agreed protocols.

As the role will involve carrying out routine elements of assessment and telephone triage to enhance the patient / client journey, as agreed locally by a Registered Nurse, previous healthcare work is essential.

The use of a bespoke electronic patient record specific to the TLHC pathway to record all assessments and patient contact, therefore the successful candidates must be able to demonstrate computer skills.

The role will involve the successful candidates contributing to service changes and improvements to support the efficiency and development of the service.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Duties involve carrying out telephone triage assessments, following a period of training, for eligible participants.
  • To support the Specialist Nursing team and work under their direction or other registered health care practitioners in providing high quality assessments and nursing care.
  • To work within the programme, undertaking a range of administrative and patient related tasks.
  • To assist in delivering high standards, by contributing to the department’s team approach to patient centred care.
  • Be an effective part of the multi-disciplinary team contributing to the departmental objectives.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Have or would be required to undertake an approved training programme, e.g., Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Health Care related NVQ level 3)

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of personal development
  • Knowledge relating to: confidentiality and data protection act, health & safety and fire procedures within the workplace, ability to undertake appropriate further education, lifting and handling, resuscitation training and COSHH awareness
Desirable criteria
  • Work experience using a radiology information system
  • Other health related studies, computer literacy courses
  • Knowledge of IRMER Regulations
  • Experience within respiratory medicine or oncology

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to learn and develop role
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work to agreed protocols
  • Able to work to agreed standards
  • Able to integrate and demonstrate team working
Desirable criteria
  • PC and word processing skills
  • Be able to access information from the internet

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Victoria Cunningham
Job title
Operations Manager
Email address
victoria.cunningham4@nhs.net
Telephone number
01912448054