End of Life Care Facilitator

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year Per annum inc
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
End of Life Care Education FacilitatorWe are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a secondment for Maternity Cover. This post is a nine month fixed term / secondment offer. You must obtain permission from your current line manager. This post is for an end of life care education facilitator. Applications are invited from experienced and motivated individuals. The post holder will be based within St Bartholomew's and Newham Hospitals. We want you to have an exciting and rewarding secondment opportunity. We provide all our staff with excellent education, training and development support. Our top priority is to ensure the safety and quality of services for our patients and we will invest in you to achieve our ambition.We are looking for a dynamic, motivated nurse to undertake this role to work within the existing end of life care education team. You will work alongside staff to ensure that people with specialist palliative and end of life care needs are in receipt of the care they require to achieve the best outcomes.This post holder will support the delivery of our education strategy and provide efficient and high-quality evidence based education to a multi professional workforce which reflects current best practice.Please contact us to discuss further if you are interested in a nursing career involving education and passionate about Palliative and End of Life

Main duties of the job

This is a senior nursing post which combines clinical, educational, audit, research, and managerial skills to promote end of life care within Barts Health NHS Trust. Barts Health NHS Trust provides palliative care teams at Whipps Cross, Newham, St Bartholomew's, Royal London and Mile End Hospitals. The post holder will provide an educational resource to both the generic and specialist work force across St Bartholomew's Newham Hospital. The post holder will be integrated into the clinical team with a patient facing role and is expected to participate in the 7 day rota. This post is key in the transformation of end of life care within the trust. It will support patients and carers by providing learning and development opportunities for our staff based on the most up to date evidence in caring for those in their last year of life. The post holder will demonstrate excellent communication skills especially relating to difficult conversations and will support the work force by building on learning opportunities across all settings. This learning will include being a role model, demonstrating varied strategies to enhance the patient and carer experience at end of life. The post holder is required to work both independently and within a team to ensure the continued development of a high quality care service for the benefit of all patients requiring end of life care.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working as an autonomous resource for our generic workforce, supporting the delivery of high quality end of life care, this may include some direct patient/carer contact but will not include managing a caseload. The role includes acting as an effective and responsible member of the team, providing a consistently high level of end of life care advice to staff caring for patients with a life limiting illness, their families and carers.

The post holder is responsible for working with clinical teams and communicating recommendations to aid comfort at end of life to the relevant multidisciplinary teams.

You will have an awareness of the complexities which may impact on the patient, their family and our staff during the transfer of care, discharge from service, and death of the person. You will demonstrate behaviours and actions that promote self- caring, resilience and staff well-being.

You are responsible for the accurate recording of interventions and activities in the patients medical notes, and on the palliative care data base and trust-wide electronic reporting systems.

Have a sound clinical knowledge on all aspects of end of life care including end of life care/anticipatory medication. Providing expertise to support staff in symptom management and advise on other nursing problems associated with patients and their relatives.

Collaborate with medical colleagues in ensuring that inappropriate investigations/interventions are not performed and that those patients and their families are fully included, and understand the rationale underpinning any decisions. Ensure oral and written information that is given to patients and families relating to care at end of life is up to date and based on best clinical practice.

Act as an expert nurse in end of life care. Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing end of life care interventions palliative interventions, taking a key worker role as identified.

Act as a patients advocate and counsel when informed discussion may lead to choices being made concerning treatment options, quality of life issues or preferred place of death.

Attend the weekly Specialist Palliative Care Team meeting participating in the formulation of individualised patient palliative care plans. Attend other appropriate multidisciplinary team meetings advise members and those of the wider health care community to facilitate the provision of high quality palliative care to patients and their families/carer(s).

Support patients and carer(s) in the multi professional palliative care symptom control clinic.

Participate in the provision of information to patients and their families / carers regarding their disease, treatment and services available to them. Ensure that up to date written information regarding the specialist palliative care service is available to palliative care patients and their families / carers

Encourage ward staff to participate actively in the palliative care of their patients, acknowledging that continuing responsibility for care remains with those teams.

Provide clinical support and professional advice to nursing, medical and allied health professionals when requested around issues of specialist and general palliative care.

Develop advanced practice and communication skills, act as a role model for junior staff, and participate in orientation programmes and placements as required.

Participate in health education programmes with other agencies and voluntary groups.

Identify and support the education and training needs of the staff you manage. Comply with mandatory training

Utilise opportunities to develop skills and knowledge further, keep up to date with current practice in this field and attend accredited courses

Person Specification

Education & Experience


  • First Level nursing registration
  • Post registration qualification appropriate to specialty
  • First level degree or evidence of working towards this
  • Evidence of professional development & well- developed clinical practice
  • Teaching/assessing qualification
  • Communication skills training



  • Ability to use a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills in a variety of settings
  • Ability to work with a flexible approach autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise workload and demonstrate organizational skills
  • Proficient IT and presentation skills
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate clinical care
  • Able to participate in and coordinate clinical audit & research
  • Knowledge of professional & NHS issues including those relating to this specialist area



  • Relevant clinical experience demonstrating transferable skills to the palliative care setting
  • Relevant experience at Band 6 or above in speciality or related area
  • Previous experience of teaching and developing teaching materials
  • Understands principles of specialist palliative care and end of life care
  • Ability to manage complex care including symptom control, discharge planning and psychological support

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomew's Hospital



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