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Clinical Nurse Specialist (Specialist Palliative Care) NUH

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Inc Per Annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to join our Palliative Care Specialist Team in one of the country's largest acute NHS Trusts.

The post will be based within the existing Specialist Palliative Care Team offering ongoing support, working alongside staff to ensure that people with specialist palliative care needs are in receipt of the care they require to achieve the best quality of life possible. The post will be based at Newham Hospital.

This post holder will be highly skilled with relevant extensive palliative care experience to support the delivery of clinically effective, efficient, and high-quality care to people with complex specialist palliative care needs, ensuring that this care is both evidence based and reflects current best practice.

Using Specialist Palliative skills and knowledge you will manage a caseload of patients and their families/carers with complex needs associated with living with a life challenging illness.

This post is based at Newham University Hospital

Full advert attached.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will manage the provision of specialist palliative care advice and support to people affected by life limiting illnesses, and to patients who are at the end of their lives.

This will be achieved both directly through clinical practice and caseload management, and indirectly through leadership, education, research, audit, and professional activities.

The aim of the post is to maximise the quality of life of patients with advanced life limiting disease/ those at the end of their lives, and to also provide support and advice to the families/carers of such patients

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

  • To excel and innovate in the management of clinical caseload and MDT processes both specialist and generalist palliative / end of life care
  • Using advanced verbal and non-verbal communication skills, advise and empower other professionals who are directly involved in the delivery of palliative care
  • Work autonomously, demonstrating innovation and resourcefulness.
  • Acts as a resource of clinical excellence in the speciality of palliative care nursing, and ensure that national and local clinical policies are implemented and adhered to
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate holistic patient care based on sound

rationale and evidence-based practice to influence and implement treatment.
  • Manage triage processes and standards of response.
  • Maintain and be responsible for electronic and written records in line with the organisation.
  • Act as a patient advocate and influential agent of change.
  • Be able to mobilise other services to contribute to patient care working closely with the multidisciplinary team to enable best care and a shared understanding of the patients needs.
  • Assess, identify, and explore complex emotional issues which patients and families face as a result of diagnosis of a life limiting disease.
  • Offer skilled emotional and psychosocial support and refer on to other members of the multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
  • Be an educative resource for patient and families/carers.
  • Offer bereavement support to patient and families, identifying those at risk of complicated bereavement.
  • Contribute to meetings to enhance patient care.
  • Participate in the weekend face to face on call rota (this may involve covering 2 hospital sites)

previous applicants should not reapply

Person Specification

Education and Professional Qualification


  • oAppropriate NMC registration (Adult Nursing)
  • oDegree level study Masters degree or willingness to work towards this Palliative care qualificationoDegree level study Masters degree or willingness to work towards this Palliative care qualification
  • oMentorship/ Teaching qualification
  • oAdvanced Communication Skills course or similar



  • oExtensive experience within Palliative/ end of life care/long term conditions.
  • oMinimum of 3 years' experience of working at B6 level.
  • oExperience of managing a clinical caseload
  • oExperience of delivering educational sessions and developing training programmes.
  • oWillingness to participate in 7 day working/ on call rota
  • oExperience of managing challenging situations and ethical dilemmas
  • oKnowledge and experience of research.
  • oKnowledge of local/national Health and Social Care Policy

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham Hospital


E13 8SL

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