Senior Palliative Care Nurse Specialist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate senior palliative care nurse to join an innovative and progressive multi-disciplinary team working across organisational boundaries to serve the needs of life-limited children across the West Midlands. Birmingham is an interesting place to work with a diverse demographic and twice the national prevalence of children with life-limiting conditions.

Main duties of the job

As a nurse specialist you will demonstrate significant advanced knowledge and skills within the specialty of palliative and end of life care. You will have the ability to work autonomously and make critical judgements using expert skills and experience. You will take a lead role facilitating the planning, delivery, and evaluation of care outcomes for patients. It is expected you will lead and participate in palliative and end of life care education and training across the organisation. You will be expected to have excellent communication and inter-personal skills and demonstrate leadership qualities and abilities.

You will be expected to lead and/or participate in service development therefore having a good awareness and knowledge of national, regional, and local drivers relating to palliative and end of life care is essential. The ability to be able to relate this to clinical practice is also a requirement.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families.

Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas. Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care. Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Ability to evidence/demonstrate key values and behaviours in line with the Trust framework
  • Able to articulate an understanding of the NMC Code and its application to clinical practice
  • Clear understanding and commitment to clinical governance
  • Articulates understanding of health & safety, risk management & the patient safety agenda relating to children & young people



  • Relevant, up to date clinical skills Excellent interpersonal, written & verbal communication skills, with the ability to manage complex & difficult emotional situations
  • Ability to work out of core hours when required
  • Sound knowledge and experience of safeguarding children & vulnerable adults
  • Ability to work out of core hours when required
  • Experience and psychological skills in providing a high level of emotional, psychosocial support for children and their families.
  • Ability to work out of core hours when required

Professional/Managerial and Specialist Knowledge


  • Research and audit experience
  • Political awareness, knowledge / interest of current issues & legislation & ability to articulate an understanding of local & national guidelines and evidence of work with diverse and emerging communities.
  • Knowledge of developing integrated care pathways
  • Working in a person-centered way
  • Understanding of Patient Safety initiatives
  • Experience of developing and delivering training/education/ workshops
  • Recent experience of working in partnership with patients and staff


  • Experience of working in a co-production and co design way



  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child) / RSCN
  • First Degree in relevant subject / equivalent qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Significant recent experience of working within Childrens Nursing including working with children and their families with life limiting conditions.


  • Masters Degree relevant to post.
  • Advanced Communication Skills Course
  • NMC recorded V300 Non-Medical Prescribing qualification.
  • Leadership & Management Qualification
  • Level 2 Psychological. training

Personal Skills/Abilities and Attributes


  • Adapting skills and communication for relevant audience
  • Preparing summary reports on engagement activity
  • Experience of developing positive relationships with staff to engage non-English speaking patients in their work
  • Experience of fair requirement e.g., recruitment of Interpreters must be objective, consistent and non-discriminatory resulting in the best person being selected for the role
  • Have a professional can-do approach
  • Able to motivate self and others
  • Able to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Able to build good working relationships
  • Be able to prioritise own workload and use own initiative

Other Requirements


  • Ability to work out of core hours when required
  • Flexibility in working across sites if required

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


West Midlands

B4 6NH

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