Publish date: 20 October 2021

A number of exciting opportunities have arisen for the right candidates to be part of a place-based Tier 3 Long COVID Assessment and Treatment Service for adults, which was established in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Long COVID is a term commonly used to describe post COVID-19 syndrome which includes signs and symptoms that continue or develop after acute COVID-19. It includes both ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 (from 4 to 12 weeks) and post-COVID-19 syndrome (12 weeks or more) (NICE, 2020).

Mersey Care, as lead provider, is working with system partners to ensure the development of a high quality and outcome focussed, holistic Long COVID Tier 3 Service to serve the populations of Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Knowsley.

The service will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to support people living with the long-term impacts of COVID-19 (Long COVID) and be a single point of access for all Tier 3 primary care referrals within the locality.

We’re looking to establish an enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team consisting of both clinical and non-clinical colleagues who thrive on innovation and challenge, to provide clinical expertise and leadership within locality-based hubs.

The successful candidates will embrace the challenge of leading the delivery and ongoing development of their local service and will play a vital role in supporting integrated, co-ordinated, comprehensive, seamless, person-centred care, based on the principles of shared decision making for people living with or experiencing the impact of Long COVID symptoms.

You will need to be an excellent communicator as well as being resourceful, flexible and above all, ready to innovate and deliver through new working relationships with partner organisations.

In addition, and as the service develops, there will be the opportunity to engage in research, training and development across the Cheshire and Mersey footprint; to inform future delivery of evidence-based care.  

The team in each place will be led by a GP who will provide medical leadership and oversight to clinical staff operating within a hub. There are several vacancies in each place as follows.

Post

Band

Knowsley

Liverpool

Sefton

St Helens

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist

Band 7

0.50

-

-

-

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist

Band 6

-

-

1.00

1.00

Therapy Assistant

Band 4

0.50

-

0.40

-

Care Coordinator

Band 7

-

-

1.00

 

Community Matron

Band 8A

1.00

1.80

-

0.60

Nursing Assistant

Band 3

1.00

0.50

-

-

Occupational Therapist

Band 6

-

-

0.40

0.50

Integrated Care Liaison Officer

Band 4

-

-

1.00

-

Administration Coordinator

Band 4

0.50

2.00

-

0.50

Administration Support

Band 3

-

-

1.00

-

Clinic Receptionist

Band 2

0.20

0.50

0.20

1.00

All posts will be appointed on a permanent basis with the exception of the Administration Coordinator role in St Helens, which will be fixed term for 12 months. Candidates may be offered a post in any of the four places. For more information about these posts or the service, please contact colleagues listed below.

Post

Lead officer

Care Coordinator, Matron, Band 7 Physiotherapist, Nursing Assistants

Neil Powell

Neil.Powell@merseycare.nhs.uk

Band 6 Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Therapy Assistant 

Lindsey Wynne-Jones

lindsey.wynne-jones@merseycare.nhs.uk

Admin, Reception and Integrated Care Liaison Officer 

Lee Hanlon

lee.hanlon@merseycare.nhs.uk

Recruitment timetable:

  • Closing dates for applications 31 October 2021
  • Shortlisting planned for week commencing 1 November 2021
  • Interviews planned for week commencing 8 November 2021.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at two information sessions hosted by place leads, where you will also be introduced to the aims and vision for the service. Sessions will be held on: Friday, 22 October 2021, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Thursday, 28 October 2021, 12.00 noon to 1.00pm. For an invitation to the virtual session please contact Claire Ravenscroft: claire.ravenscroft@merseycare.nhs.uk

For more information and to apply for any of the posts please select and click the relevant vacancy link.

Job ref

Job role

Advertising date

Closing date

Vacancy link

COM3567870

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist - Band 7

COM3569297

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Pulmonary Rehab Physiotherapist - Band 6

COM3569386

Therapy Assistant

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Therapy Assistant

COM3569555

Care Coordinator

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Care Coordinator

COM3568206

Community Matron

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Community Matron

COM3569491

Nursing Assistant

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Nursing Assistant

COM3569620

Occupational Therapist

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Occupational Therapist

COM3569661

Integrated Care Liaison Officer

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Integrated Care Liaison Officer

COM3568731

Administration Coordinator

19/10/2021

31/10/2021

Administration Coordinator

COM3568551

Administration Support

25/10/2021

31/10/2021

Administration Support

COM3568668

Clinic Receptionist

25/10/2021

31/10/2021

Clinic Receptionist