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Epilepsy Nurse Specialist

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
£37,570 - £43,772 pa
26/08/2019 23:59

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of the highest standard due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement. We aim to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and well being. To ensure that we achieve this goal we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care, research and education.

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated nurse to join our expanding Epilepsy Service across the County of Cambridgeshire. This exciting opportunity may appeal to someone who is thinking of specialising, however, is undecided which area of nursing to pursue. You may not have considered choosing Epilepsy as an area to focus on, however, we are not necessarily expecting you to have experience in this field and this is not a disadvantage. What is important is your willingness to learn and develop along with our other Epilepsy nurses.

This vacancy could appeal to someone who is currently working at Band 6 level and would like to progress to Band 7. Full support and training will be provided for this should a development post be right for you. We are also willing to discuss part time hours and flexible working patterns. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to find out more about the role and discuss how it may work for you personally.

Full support , training and clinical supervision will be an important part of the role. This will be provided by the team and courses/ conferences  will be available to access externally. The Team also access a Regional group for Epilepsy nurses where peer supervision is highly valued.

The Clinical Lead for the service is the local Neurologist who is also the East of England Lead for Epilepsy. The Clinical Lead provides clinical supervision, regular training and provides advice and mentoring for all of the Epilepsy Nurses.

The postholder will be part of a supportive team of Neurologists, GPsWIs and neurology specialist nurses.  The work involves providing expert supportive care to people with epilepsy and their carers from diagnosis.  The postholder will support people to self manage the condition and will work closely with other professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure people with Epilepsy receive the best possible care.  A considerable part of the role will focus on the aim to avoid hospital admission or readmission and facilitation of early discharge. Much of the work will be undertaken within the acute hospitals with additional community nurse led clinics. The postholder will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, organisational skills and confidence to support the dynamic development of the developing service.

The postholder will be based at Peterborough, although may be required to travel across Cambridgeshire as part of the role.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

We will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community then CPFT would like to hear from you.

Benefits of working for CPFT include:

  • Annual leave allowance 27 days plus bank holidays (this may increase depending on NHS service)
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Professional development via the CPFT Academy which provides in-house training programmes
  • Free on-site parking (dependent on site)
  • Stress awareness training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Counselling service

If you are unable to attend an interview on the suggested date, please let us know on your application form as other options may be available

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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

Carolyn Noble, Neuro Conditions Clinical Manager on


Dr Tejal Mitchell, Consultant Neurologist, Clinical lead Epilepsy Service . To contact Dre Mitchell please call the Neurology secretaries on 01733 673549 and leave your contact details to enable Dr Mitchell to respond

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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