GP in Intermediate Care (Wheal Vor)

£62,268-£93,965 (pro rata for part-time)
22 Nov 2021
07 Dec 2021
Hospital, Other
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Part Time
GP in Intermediate Care (Wheal Vor)

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals' NHS Trust is part of the Cornwall Healthcare Community, working in partnership with other local trusts to deliver high quality healthcare services across the county. The Trust has close links to medical specialist services in the South West Peninsula and beyond. Serving a widespread local population, as well as thousands of visitors to Cornwall each year, poses a number of unique healthcare challenges. The Trust provides acute medical and surgical services to a population of around 450,000, which more than doubles during the busy holiday periods.

Wheal Vor Ward is a 28-bedded facility, that opens on 26 November 2021 to deliver two fundamental objectives:

Primary objective: to provide Cornwall Health System-wide flexible winter capacity to enhance patient flow across its discharge to assess pathways and support the maintenance of essential urgent and emergency care provision.

Secondary objective: to make a system-wide step-change towards a collaborative Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) Training offer to gown the care workforce Cornwall urgently needs

The ward will deliver a unique new model of care that is a nurse and therapy led. A Consultant Nurse will take overall clinical responsibility of all in-patients on the ward, supported by a multi-professional team that includes, other consultant nurses and Trust GPs. A Clinical Matron will support a Ward Leader who takes overall day-to-day operational responsibility for the ward. The ward is supported by on-site medical support arrangements for emergency inpatient care. Education Practitioners, Registered Nurses, therapist and a core team of Health Care Support Workers will provide 'reablement minded' support and care to the ward's inpatients twenty-four hours a day seven days a week whilst supporting cohort of Heath Care Support Workers in training.

The facility operates under the matrix structure that clearly divides and shares clinical and operational governance functions:
  • The Specialist Services and Surgery Care Group provide organisation leadership, operational governance and management oversight via the Clinical Director and General Manager reporting into Operational Board and the Seasonal Plan Group (Flow Out Pathway).
  • Via the Consultant Nurse through the Corporate Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Team, clinical governance is reported.

The ward's philosophy is to provide a safe and secure inpatient facility that promotes the independence, autonomy, health and well-being of those in its care. It is committed to training a new HCSW workforce for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Frazer Underwood, Associate Clinical Professor / Consultant Nurse

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