Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.
- Part time, Fixed Term July 2021
- Part Time – 60 hrs per fortnight
- Classification Title: RN Grade 4B Research (YX13/YX14)
- Department/Unit: Headache/Alfred Brain Program
Clinical services: The Neurology Unit at The Alfred is recognised as one of the premier clinical neurology departments. There are specialist clinics (and consultants with particular expertise) in Movement Disorders, Neuropathy, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, Epilepsy, Stroke and Neurogenetics. There is an active Neurophysiology Department providing EEG, EMG, Evoked potential studies and Tremor analysis and a strong neuropsychology service.
The Headache Unit at The Alfred has grown rapidly over the last few years, to support headache care in the era of new, targeted headache therapies. We currently have 4 headache consultants (growing to 6 in 2020) and are the only hospital in Australia to offer a Headache Fellowship to Neurology Trainees. We conduct 2 clinics per week, as well as a botulinum toxin and nerve block clinic weekly. Inpatient infusional therapies are also supported by our service. We are actively involved in clinical trials and clinical research. The headache service has administrative support, and is working to build a multidisciplinary team to better care for our patients.
The Clinical & Research Nurse – Headache Level 3 will join the largest public headache service in Australia at a time of dynamic growth in Headache Care, and broader therapeutic options for patients. The role will support the research (70%) and clinical activities (30%) of the unit, which include assistance with enrolment and data collection for the IRMR Project and clinical trials support, working closely with the medical consultants, research fellows and the clinical trials unit. Support of the clinical activities of the unit will involve lifestyle management education, education and support on reducing analgesic overuse, phone support between clinic appointments (with consultant supervision) and support and education of headache in patients receiving in fusional therapies. It is envisaged that the role will develop over the coming years to include broader education roles linking with ED and GP headache care.
The Alfred Headache Service aims to be the flagship Australian centre for Headache clinical care and research, as well as advocacy and patient support. We are a developing service, but are engaged in local and international networks, including contacts with established Headache nurse consultant models in the UK and Ireland.
The post holder will be operationally accountable to the Head of Headache Service and will have close working relationship with Headache clinical administrator and the clinical trials unit. The role will professionally accountable to the Clinical Service Director of Alfred Brain.
The primary responsibility of the Clinical & Research Nurse – Headache Level 3 is to co-ordinate and facilitate patient engagement in the International Registry for Migraine Research (IRMR) project, and in headache clinical trials. The Nurse will do this by ensuring optimal patient assessment, recruitment and retention as well as excellent data collection and management in accordance with Good Clinical Research Practice Standards and adherence to clinical trial protocols. They will also assist with biosample (blood) collection, and timely processing and biobanking procedures (liaising with the Alfred Neuroscience Biobank team).
The Clinical & Research Nurse – Headache Level 3 will also support patients, primarily through disease management education and phone advice (supported and supervised by the Headache Consultants and Fellow) between clinic visits for patients and GPs. It is envisaged that the unit will develop education and outreach programs to ED and GP practices to facilitate optimal care of headache patients and prevent hospital admission where possible. The Headache nurse is also encouraged to pursue research in Headache care and headache nursing, supported by the clinical and academic teams. They will work closely with the Headache Fellow and Head of Service to develop this role, modelled on experience of international headache services, and local neurology subspecialty nurse practitioner roles.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Venepuncture, ECG and intravenous cannulation skills
- Undertake a CASA Course every 2 years.
- Obtain and maintain yearly Basic Life Support accreditation
- Experience in coordinating clinical research and trials within Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, specifically in neurology.
- Proven skills in the management of the activities of a multi-disciplinary team who are engaged in clinical research
- projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives.
- Strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
- Strong and proven time management skills
- Have good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook
- Ability to work independently with other services and departments in the hospital and community
- Postgraduate qualification in health and/or management or working towards
- Advanced clinical knowledge in Headache or Neuroscience nursing
- Open, flexible and innovative and risk taking
- Support and develop undergraduate students, nursing and associated staff
- Enthusiasm for development of a new role, which will act as a template for Headache Nurse Specialists at other centres.
Applications close: Thursday, 9th of July 2020
All enquiries to: Dr Elspeth Hutton, Head, Headache Service via 9076 2552
Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.