Stroke Liaison Nurse – Willenhall, West Midlands

Stroke Liaison Nurse

Hollybank House

Willenhall, West Midlands


Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services. The £170 million development was completed in 2010 and we are continually upgrading. Construction of the new integrated critical care unit was completed in 2018, extension of a Neonatal Unit and an approved plan to build a brand new, state of the art Emergency Department which commenced in 2021

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall. Our multidisciplinary services include rapid response and homebased care, so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes.

We are recommended by colleagues as a place to work which is supported by the trusts values to work as part of a team, being respectful, compassionate and professional. We are committed to investing in our workforce

Following our recent CQC visit the Trust was rated as outstanding for care and this has been recognised by NHS Improvement. 

The work we do is highly rewarding, and in addition to an attractive salary, we offer a valuable range of benefits, including: salary sacrifice scheme; car leasing scheme; on-site staff accommodation (subject to availability); the ability to retain your NHS pension (where applicable) or the opportunity to join an alternative scheme; and the opportunity to develop and implement your expertise in an encouraging yet challenging environment

We would particularly welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and from people with a disability; these groups are currently under-represented at senior level, we value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.


COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information at COVID-19 Vaccination | How to access your vaccine in the Black Country and West Birmingham ( where you can also find out more about how to access vaccination. There is a current Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new starters may need to be vaccinated.


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Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Nurse to join our innovative Community/ESD Stroke Rehabilitation team within Walsall. The Community Stroke Service delivers a high quality service for adults who have survived a stroke. 

We are seeking a dynamic enthusiastic, highly motivated, well organised and innovative person to join our multi-professional stroke care team. They will work as an integral part of the stroke care team. We are looking for a person with recent experience of working with stroke patients or worked in a community rehabilitation setting and/or have a particular interest in working with this client group. You should possess good interpersonal skills and have a committed, flexible approach to work.

As part of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust , an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community/ ESD Stroke Liaison Nurse based at Holly bank House  covering the  borough of Walsall .To co-ordinate the provision of care for stroke patients within  community settings by identifying and managing a caseload of patients diagnosed with having had a stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).

The post holder will provide clinical leadership and work in partnership with the multidisciplinary teams, patients, relatives and carers in managing a clinical caseload.

We can offer the successful candidate training opportunities internal and external in enhancing their development.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist clinical input and work in partnership with senior managers, the multidisciplinary teams, patients, relatives and carers in the management of TIA/stroke patients.

To provide and promote a high standard of nursing for patients in accordance with locally agreed standards of care and ensure that clinical procedures are correctly carried out. This role supports the Clinical Team Leader in providing effective, safe, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of care to service users accessing stroke care services.

To contribute to the development of stroke services and implementation of the National Stroke Strategy.

The post holder will support the delivery of quality stroke care services that meet or exceed the requirements of National Service Frameworks, NICE guidelines and National Stroke Strategy. Ensure that the care delivered is evidence based and benchmarked against other services and centres.

The post holder will be expected to exercise a degree of professional autonomy and make critical judgement using specialist knowledge and skills in order to provide the highest standard of holistic patient care. They will assist with the development of clinical protocols and guidelines.

Working for our organisation

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is an integrated Trust and the only provider of NHS acute care in Walsall, serving a population of 286,700, providing inpatient and outpatient services at the Manor Hospital as well as a wide range of services in the community. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services under one roof. The £170 million development of our Pleck Road site was completed in 2010 and the continued upgrading of existing areas ensures the Trust now has a state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit, Neonatal Unit, Obstetric Theatre, and Integrated Assessment Unit facilities. Work is also well underway on its multi-million pound new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre which will house a new Emergency Department (including Children’s Emergency Department), co-located Paediatric Assessment Unit, Acute Medical Unit and Urgent Care Centre. This is scheduled for completion this year.

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from some 60 sites including Health Centres and GP surgeries. Covering Walsall and beyond, our multidisciplinary services include rapid response in the community and home-based care, so that those with long-term conditions and the frail and elderly, can remain in their own homes to be cared for wherever appropriate.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

· To be responsible for ensuring a person centred approach to the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of specialist programmes of care, within the Scope of Professional Practice. Demonstrating evidence based/best practice, considering own clinical confidence and competence. You must implement enhanced programmes of care.
· To review TIA and stroke patients as per stroke guidelines and protocols 
· Collaborate with medical colleagues in ensuring that appropriate investigations have been performed to complete the patient's treatments and that families are fully informed and understand the purpose for these.
· Demonstrate high level of judgemental/analytical skills when interpreting and performing patient assessments and care planning.
· Using specialist knowledge and skills to assess the health care needs of patients within the speciality, making referrals to other agencies/disciplines as appropriate.
· Work closely with other agencies/organisations to track and monitor a client’s progress throughout the stroke journey and to support on discharge. To provide the initial point of contact for the Trust.
· Liaise with community services to ensure patients needs are met following discharge.
· To review and monitor all patients registered to the service, providing follow up at agreed intervals post discharge from hospital, including professional advice and support to clients and carers, acting as advocate as required.
· Provide a community follow up service for all stroke patients discharged from Acute Stroke Services.
· To work with the Multidisciplinary Stroke Team to provide high standards of clinical intervention and to provide care and support for service users accessing stroke care services.
· To implement enhanced clinical care programmes that are of the highest quality & standards and in line with the Healthcare NHS Trust policies & procedures.
· To adhere to Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust policies, procedures and protocols to promote the quality of patient experience, ensuring the highest standard.
· Maintain accurate and up to date nursing records, maintaining patient confidentiality, and statistical records as required by the service.
· Work with other professionals to promote multidisciplinary working.
· To work closely with identified Consultant Physicians for TIA & Stroke.
· To ensure provision of high quality nurse led follow up both in the community settings, focussing upon information, patient education around prevention and lifestyle issues, compliance and concordance with medication/treatment regimes.
· Provide enhanced programmes of care in accordance with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Integrated stroke care pathways.
· Maintaining accurate documentation – including electronic format – which reflects the total care needs of patients.
· Be proactive in Health promotion, demonstrating the importance of secondary prevention/modifying risk factors for stroke amongst clients, carers and Health & Social Care personnel. Making use of all available resources.

Management and Leadership:
· Organise workload, showing appropriate time management in agreement with clinical supervisor and organise/oversee the workload and assist in the supervision of qualified and unqualified staff and facilitate their continuing professional development.
· Provide excellent evidence based clinical practice.
· Identify poor professional practice and take appropriate action to address it.
· Act in a professional manner at all times whilst on Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust business and demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, ensuring compliance to Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust polices and procedures.
· Assist the Clinical Team Leader in strategies that promote quality assurance, Clinical Governance and quality audit.
· Develop clinical skills and access training as required / directed to enable participation in future service developments.
· Assist in identifying the physical resource needs of the team and contribute to plans for improvements and maintenance of equipment in respect of available resources.
· Ensure effective learning experiences and opportunities to achieve learning outcomes for students and the provision of learning opportunities.
· Assist the Clinical Team Leader in strategies that promote quality assurance, Clinical Governance and quality audit.
· Assist with developing and maintaining the clinical governance workbook for stroke services.
· Identifying new ways of multi-disciplinary and multi agency working to meet demand and improve the quality.
· Attending/initiating multidisciplinary team meeting and case conferences as required.
· To be a specialist clinical role model.
· Contribute to the development of a Trust wide health promotion/education strategy relevant to the specialist area of practice, making use of all available resources and support staff in the implementation of the strategy.
· Support the review of compliance with the Stroke & TIA care pathways.
· Support staff in the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy.
· Assist with developing and maintaining the clinical governance workbook for stroke services.

Professional Development:
· To continually assist own educational needs in relation to the role of Nurse Specialist and to identify and use appropriate resources.
· Keeping up to date with new developments regarding specific patient management.
· Maintain updated knowledge on evidence base and implement best practice for stroke.
· To participate in appraisal and personal development planning processes operating within the Trust.
· Identify personal training needs in line with Knowledge and Skills Framework and continued professional development.
· Evaluating personal performance through active participation in the KSF personal development review (PDR) with line manager.

Support for PPI:
· Communicate information to patients and relatives with empathy and reassurance.
· To ensure that service users and members of the public are involved in service development and improvement. To assist in providing links with the public and PAL’s i.e. to pick on the themes of complaints and report clinical concerns.
· To participate in service user forums.
· To maintain a patient led focus in all aspects of care.

Other Duties
The information supplied above is intended to summarise the key responsibilities and duties of the role. The post holder may be required from time to time to carry out other reasonable requests and duties as required, consistent with the responsibilities of their Banding and development as agreed between employee and manager.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Qualified registered Adult Nurse
  • Education to diploma level and able to demonstrate evidence of 2 years post registration experience at Band 5


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of working with Stroke specific conditions
  • Experience of community working

Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of MDT working


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of Post registration training in Stroke care
  • Working knowledge of relevant IT packages e.g Microsoft 365 Word, Office and Excell
  • Must be able to travel across the borough

Desirable criteria
  • Willingness to undertake additional traing as required
  • Basic or working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Evidence of supervisory skills

Please note your application will be transferred from the NHS Jobs system to internal Walsall Healthcare Trac System. All correspondence will be sent via Trac

Following our recent CQC visit the Trust was rated as outstanding for care and this has been recognised by NHS Improvement. 

** Please Note that this post may be identified as suitable  and a preference given for Internal at Risk Employees**

We would particularly welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background and from people with a disability; these groups are currently under-represented at senior level, we value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.



References from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. When completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover this period. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

Please review the attached Job description and person specification carefully before applying to ensure that you meet the essential job requirements.

Candidates should be aware that, regardless of country of origin, their ability to communicate in written and spoken English to the standard required to carry out the post, will be assessed during the selection process.

Referee email addresses should be provided on your application form. 

Following the closing date, if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks you may assume your application has been unsuccessful. 

We reserve the right to close this job early. Interested applicants are therefore advised to apply as early as possible. 

If a large number of applicants meet the essential criteria then random selection will be applied. 

We are committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible and committed to equal opportunities.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Swati Shah
Job title
Team Lead
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