Anticoagulant Nurse Practitioner for Community Anticoagulation
An exciting opportunity is available within the Liverpool, Sefton, Southport and Formby Community Anticoagulation Service.
The service has in excess of 100,000 patient contacts per year. Patients are seen face to face by a clinician and are tested using point of care devices which provide an instant INR result from a small sample of blood from their finger. The clinician assesses the result, advises the patient of the correct dose of anticoagulant medication to take, provides them with appropriate advice and agrees their next appointment before they leave the clinic. Housebound patients receive a service of equal quality in their own homes. The service also supports patients who self-test and operates an advice line for patients and healthcare professionals. The service also offers face to face DOAC clinics plus virtual telephone clinics. The team is jointly led clinically by a specialist nurse and pharmacist, a deputy clinical lead, assisted by an operations manager and comprises of nurse specialists, pharmacists, bio – medical scientists, pharmacy technicians and administration assistants.
The Liverpool, South Sefton, Southport and Formby Community Anticoagulation services previously operated as 2 separate services. Now working as one team the service envisages greater integration between the teams, taking the best from both services to deliver a gold standard service with equal parity across the entire footprint to meet the needs of the patient group. Greater integration and cross working will benefit the team, service and patients and ensure that we are in a stronger position to deal with unforeseen circumstances such as COVID-19.
Therefore, the overall structure of the service has been reviewed taking into account the clinical needs of the service. Anticoagulation Service have changed over the past few years, particularly with the introduction of the DOACs.
The service has vacancies for 2 WTE Band 6 nurses. The Anticoagulant Nurse Practitioners would be expected to be a support to the team, providing in-depth education, counselling and support to the patient group. The post holders would be expected to work independently in various clinic settings, domiciliary visits and provide support and queries from the central office.
Excellent time management and organisational skills are essential for the posts. This is a specialist area and a genuine interest is desired. Although, knowledge and understanding of anticoagulation and the related medical conditions would be beneficial full training and education will be given in post.
The high standard of care afforded to patients under the service is reflected in 99.8% of patients having rated the service as excellent or good and the many compliments received on a regular basis from patients. In 2018 the service was awarded the best on-going management of thrombosis by a community based or primary care service from the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Janet Davies, Clinical lead, Liverpool Anticoagulant Service – Community
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