A clinical nurse consultant is someone who works alongside nurses and other caretakers to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. Their responsibilities can range from direct patient care to management to administration. They often have a specialised area of knowledge and experience and work within that specialty. Many clinical nurse consultants specialise in working with disabled individuals and, therefore, their services are commonly included in NDIS plans.
As long as the services provided by a clinical nurse consultant are directly related to your disability, they will be funded by the NDIS. The services offered vary considerably depending on the needs of the individual. Below are some examples of how a clinical nurse consultant can assist NDIS participants:
- participate in medical assessments to determine the level of care that is needed
- help participants understand and apply for NDIS funding
- oversee the development and implementation of health care strategies
- train and manage new staff
- track patient progress and make recommendations
- recommend adjustments to health care plans
- consult with, advise, and empower patients, their families, and their care providers
The goal is to facilitate an optimal level of care of NDIS participants, each of whom has a unique set of needs. When participants receive proper care and assistance, they have more time to spend on building capacity, gaining independence, and working toward their personal goals. That is what the NDIS is all about: making participants as independent as possible.
By making sure that participants are getting the care they require, clinical nurse consultants are an essential component of the NDIS.