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Patient Flow Liaison Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
System Capacity and Patient Flow
NHS AfC: Band 6
25 per week
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Across Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.
£28,050 - £36,644 pro rata per annum
22/10/2018 23:59

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s 2015 staff survey results are better than average in almost all areas and help rank the trust as one of the top 100 best places to work in the NHS (Health Service Journal). SCFT is the first NHS organisation in Sussex to be a ‘Living Wage Employer’.

The Trust is signed up to the disability confident scheme and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.


Patient Flow Liaison Nurse Role – Band 6 AfC

Based at various locations across Crawley, Horsham & Mid-Sussex

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our System Capacity & Patient Flow Team. We are a small, proactive team which plays a vital role in the flow of patients through the Health and Social Care system from the acute trust through to community beds and into our community services. This key role involves providing support & in-reach into the acute and community hospitals in order to review patient referrals and ensure patients are in the best place to support their recovery. This role also ensures the safe discharge of patients and that this is achieved within a timeframe that supports the expedient flow of patients across the entire system, allowing safe patient care in times of seasonal pressures and surges in activity or demand. Acute hospital referrals will come from the wards but also from the Emergency Floor, so as well as discharge planning, experience in admission avoidance will also be beneficial.

This role has a positive & direct impact on delayed transfers of care and length of stays in both acute and community hospitals. This is an excellent opportunity for any nurse to put into practice their knowledge and experience in assessment and management of complex patients, discharge planning, rehabilitation, and intermediate and continuing care as well as to develop within the role and organisation.

We are looking for someone proactive & forward-thinking to support the discharge process, escalation of delays within our community beds & services through effective liaison with our partner organisations and other stakeholders to ensure a seamless transfer of care with minimal delay. You will be covering Crawley, Horsham or Kleinwort Community Hospitals/Rehabilitation Units in Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust Central Area so a car driver is essential. Flexibility to cover for colleagues at other sites across SCFT and acute hospitals at East Surrey & Haywards Heath would also be essential.

You will be a confident facilitator and skilled communicator with a flexible and organised approach.   The successful individual will contribute positively to the development and growth of the team and to the quality of the service received by our patients.  In return, we offer you professional support and mentorship and we actively encourage innovative practice within the team

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Hugh Carter, System Capacity and Patient Flow Manager  07780807350

If you have problems applying, contact

01273 696011 ext3539