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Palliative Care Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success and have been rated as Outstanding by the CQC for our Palliative and End of Life Care. This Band 6 post offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Nurse to work within the Specialist Palliative Care in the Community setting.

The post covers core hours of 09:00-17:00 and works across a seven day period, weekends and bank holidays are rostered across the team as per CDDFT policy. Core hours are 09:00-17:00.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide a consistent high quality specialist palliative care service for patients and families. With significant post registration experience including recent experience in palliative care.

As a Palliative Care Nurse Specialist the post holder will:

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients and carers.

Provide specialist advice.

Provides day to day supervision and/or clinical supervision to others.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide a consistent high quality specialist palliative care service for patients and families

Be able to have a positive impact on care and confidently deal with difficult situations with sensitivity and compassion.

Will need to be committed to developing themselves and their practice.

Work collaboratively as part of a team and building effective relationships within the role.

Person Specification



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent level of demonstrable professional knowledge/experience
  • Supplemented by diploma level specialist training, experience, short courses


  • Non Medical Prescribing

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post.
  • Ability to work hours flexibly when service needs require


  • Demonstrates proactive approach to palliative and end of life care



  • Experience working as a Nurse

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Communicates complex sensitive, confidential information concerning patients/clients displaying empathy persuasion and reassurance (Some may have special needs; patients/clients may be hostile, antagonistic)
  • Demonstrates skills for assessing and interpreting complex needs of patients/clients
  • Plans provision of care for patients/clients, e.g. clinics, health education.
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates clinical care of patients/clients;
  • Provides specialist advice to patients/clients/carers
  • Develops and implements specialist programmes of care
  • Imparts unwelcome news, care of palliative and end of life/safeguarding issues
  • Follows policies, makes comments on proposals for change
  • Implements policies and proposes changes to working practices or procedures in own work area
  • Supervises work of others; clinical supervision of staff, students; provides training to others
  • Works within codes of practice and professional guidelines
  • Leads specialist, area or team; may manage a caseload in the community
  • Occasional participation in R&D activity
  • Physical Skills
  • Driving, carries out immunisations/ Restraint of patients/clients using approved techniques; Dexterity and accuracy required for, e.g. intravenous injections, syringe pumps and infusion, insertion of catheters and removal of sutures


  • Demonstrates proactive approach to palliative and end of life care

Statutory Registration


  • Active 1st Level NMC Registration

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