Older Persons Practitioner

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to increase our established older persons’ practitioner (OPP) at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) Medicine for older people for a 6 month fixed term contract.


The successful applicants will be joining a team of highly motivated, experienced, and respected specialist nurses/therapists. This post will be based with the OPP team but working alongside the medical teams, ward teams and therapy teams to support patients over 80 who have complex health and social care needs.


Within the scope of the role, the older persons practitioners will assist the medical and nursing teams in managing caseloads of patients who have complex health and social care needs and work closely with the community teams in the management of long term conditions. This is an innovative opportunity for integrated working across both primary and secondary care providing a high quality, evidence based seamless service for patients.

Key elements of this role are...

- Case management for patients with complex health and social care needs

- Coordination of care needs across secondary/primary care settings

- Integral working as part of the ward/dept multi disciplinary teams

- Communication link for families with the medical team

- Anticipatory care planning

- Follow up home visits in the community or with care home providers

- Physical assessment of patients, following training and completion of competencies

- You will need to sufficient post qualification experience in an emergency care setting, and have a passion for making a difference to the care of the older people.

- If you enjoy the challenge of working in a busy environment and you are looking for a position that will challenge you and stretch you then this post is for you.


We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated nurses or therapists to join a team of dedicated staff within our medicine for older people care group. You will provide expert clinical knowledge and support to both the medical and ward/department teams with the management of these groups of patients. You will work autonomously within the structure and requirements of your allocated team and make key decisions regarding your patient caseload.

We pride ourselves in the provision of high standards of patient care and support for our nursing and medical teams.

You should be energetic and forward thinking, as well as eager to develop your own clinical and management skills. Proven evidence of excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work across boundaries is essential.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recomm...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

https://www.uhs-vle.co.uk/   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS

http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthamptonHospitals   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:


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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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20 October 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £30,401 - £37,267 per annum GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

Only direct applications will be considered.

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