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Clinical Coordinator - Homeless Support Team

Job Description

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West. With 8,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services, working in nine hospitals in the centre and to the south of Bristol, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our hospitals include: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The city of Bristol is an exciting place to live and work whether you are looking for culture, shopping, eating out or sport, it’s all here for you.

Trust values: Respecting everyone, Embracing change, Recognising success, Working together

Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is valued, whatever their role. We are looking for people that live our values to help us make a difference to the thousands of patients who come to us for treatment every year. Being a member of staff here means treating everyone with respect. It means working together and embracing change to achieve excellence in every part of the hospital. Most of all, it means encompassing a desire to take personal responsibility for ensuring our patients get the highest quality care they deserve.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced nurse to lead an innovative new homeless support team being established in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. If you are passionate about improving the outcomes and experience of homeless and vulnerably housed people, have relevant clinical and managerial experience, enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have an understanding of services that span both acute hospital and community services we would be interested to hear from you.

The Homeless Support Team is an 18 month pilot funded by Bristol CCG based on the Pathway model of enhanced care co-ordination for homeless people. The funding is for a multi-disciplinary team (GP, clinical co-ordinator, social worker and outreach worker) to co-ordinate the health, social care and housing needs of homeless patients attending the Emergency Department and admitted to the hospital.

The Homeless support team will:
1. Support the early identification of homeless/vulnerably housed patients through liaison, education and training with key staff across the Trust.
2. Assess homeless/vulnerably housed patients to identify needs, develop and co-ordinate a single care plan including referrals and applications to other professionals/agencies
3. Ensure that homeless/vulnerably housed patients are appropriately referred to and engaged with the housing team at Bristol City Council in order that their housing needs can be addressed.
4. Help patients to register and engage with a GP practice and other community based services.
5. Continue to support patients for a period of time post-discharge

You will play an integral role in leading the team, establishing appropriate systems and processes and championing the project within and outside the Trust. You will have the clinical knowledge and skills to support patients with complex needs and provide clinical leadership and supervision to team members as well as leading training and awareness-raising activities for Trust staff around the specific health and social needs of this vulnerable group.

You will have excellent communication skills and demonstrable leadership skills. You will be highly motivated, possess sound clinical knowledge and be able to work well under pressure.

The post is 375 hours per week Mon - Fri (job share will be considered). This is a fixed term post for 18 months.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Julia Wynn General Manager Medicine & Complex Discharge Lead UHB Tel  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )

Jude Carey Service Improvement Lead NHS Bristol CCG,  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )


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