Clinical Nurse Specialist - Community Rapid Response Service

Nursing 9 Aug 2019

Posi­tion Title: Clin­i­cal Nurse Spe­cial­ist — Com­mu­ni­ty Rapid Response Service

Posi­tion Number:

524570, 524571

Group and Unit: Tas­man­ian Health Ser­vice (THS) – Pri­ma­ry Health North West

Sec­tion: Com­mu­ni­ty Nursing 

Posi­tion Sta­tus: Fixed-Term

Posi­tion Type: Full Time/​Part Time

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion: Reg­is­tered Nurse

Lev­el: Grade 5

Focus of Duties: 

The Clin­i­cal Nurse Spe­cial­ist — Com­mu­ni­ty Rapid Response Ser­vice (CNS):

  • Is respon­si­ble for clin­i­cal lead­er­ship in the devel­op­ment, pro­vi­sion and eval­u­a­tion of the Com­mu­ni­ty Rapid Response Ser­vice (Com­RRS) in the North West (NW) Com­mu­ni­ty Health Nurs­ing Ser­vice that ensures opti­mal patient/​client/​family and com­mu­ni­ty out­comes, under the super­vi­sion of the Nurse Unit Man­ag­er, Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er and CNC
  • Pro­vides nurs­ing exper­tise, case coor­di­na­tion, nurs­ing man­age­ment and edu­ca­tion in the field of chronic/​complex care to the Com­RRS team, com­mu­ni­ty nurs­es and to peo­ple in their homes, referred to ComRRS. 
  • Pro­vides exper­tise and sup­port in the man­age­ment and care of peo­ple with ill­ness, injury or exac­er­ba­tion of a chron­ic health con­di­tion, with­in the community. 
  • In the absence of the Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er and CNC, is respon­si­ble for clin­i­cal lead­er­ship, deci­sion mak­ing and care plan­ning, with­in their scope of prac­tice and expe­ri­ence, and in part­ner­ship with the person’s Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­er (GP).


1. Com­plete prompt ini­tial refer­ral screen­ing to iden­ti­fy and meet rapid response time­frames with­in which peo­ple need to be assessed and treated. 

2. Coor­di­nate and deliv­er advanced clin­i­cal nurs­ing care and assess­ment of patients in their homes in con­junc­tion with mem­bers of the Com­RRS Team, the person’s GP, com­mu­ni­ty phar­ma­cists, oth­er rel­e­vant health care pro­fes­sion­als and person/​family/​carer.

3. Pro­vide clin­i­cal exper­tise to iden­ti­fy, define and devel­op options and rec­om­men­da­tions to imple­ment the deliv­ery of com­plex spe­cialised nursing/​health for peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ty or res­i­den­tial care with either an acute illness/​injury or acute exac­er­ba­tion of pre-exist­ing con­di­tion that would oth­er­wise require a peri­od of hospitalisation. 

4 Pro­vide edu­ca­tion and instruc­tion to mem­bers of the Com­RRS team to improve and and facil­i­tate qual­i­ty outcomes.

5. Pro­vide spe­cialised and indi­vid­u­alised care to patients in their homes with exac­er­ba­tions of complex/​chronic con­di­tions, ill­ness or injury and pro­vide clin­i­cal super­vi­sion and sup­port to Reg­is­tered Nurs­es and Health Care Assistants. 

6. Par­tic­i­pate in rel­e­vant com­mit­tees and work­ing par­ties to assist with devel­op­ment of the Com­RRS deliv­ery model. 

7. Ensure ongo­ing assess­ment and eval­u­a­tion of the ser­vice and asso­ci­at­ed guide­lines, clin­i­cal path­ways, pro­to­cols and poli­cies, incor­po­rat­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from Nation­al Stan­dards, evi­dence-based prac­tice, reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies and key stakeholders. 

8. Main­tain appro­pri­ate data­bas­es and ensure the col­lec­tion, accu­ra­cy an analy­sis of data and the for­mu­la­tion of rec­om­men­da­tions for changes in prac­tice. Eval­u­ate the effec­tive­ness of pro­grams ini­ti­ate din Com­RRS patient care to inform ongo­ing ser­vice devel­op­ment and delivery. 

9. Active­ly par­tic­i­pate in and con­tribute to the organ­i­sa­tions’ Qual­i­ty & Safe­ty and Work health & safe­ty process­es, includ­ing the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of safe­ty sys­tems, improve­ment ini­tia­tives and relat­ed train­ing, ensur­ing that qual­i­ty and safe­ty improve­ment process­es are in place and act­ed upon. 

10. The incum­bent can expect to be allo­cat­ed duties, not specif­i­cal­ly men­tioned in this doc­u­ment, that are with­in the capac­i­ty, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence nor­mal­ly expect­ed from per­sons occu­py­ing posi­tions at this clas­si­fi­ca­tion level. 

For Full infor­ma­tion and appli­ca­tion process please click here.

Appli­ca­tions close 8th Sep­tem­ber 2019