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The aim of the Nurse Consultant role is to improve both nursing and MD practice across care setting both by identifying areas for clinical/service improvement and challenging poor practice.
Sharing good practice initiatives via conference papers, publication and peer networks across the UK.
MSc and Specialist Practice. Track record of leadership and expertise in practice.
First Ward Sister's post at the age of 23, setting up and leading Northern Ireland's first community stroke rehabilitation service, developing the post of Northern Ireland's first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke, Northern Ireland's first Nurse Consultant for Older People, developing and leading the Trust new multidisciplinary Care Home Support Team to ensure support for residents of care homes and quality of care in the homes.
The chance to further develop the the work I had started as a Clinical Nurse Specialist across the whole of Southern Area.
The chance to influence person centred care for older people and working with the many disciplines and agencies that make this happen.
Time management and the long drive to work!
Ensuring peer support via the British Geriatrics Society, permission to develop the post to meet local needs, supportive line management, Beeches/Kings Fund Leadership course.
Be creative, be open to new ideas, don't be afraid to challenge and keep the focus on the patients and their families.
Courage, patience and negotiation skills.
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