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Palliative Care Specialist Nurse (Macmillan)

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Specialist Palliative Care Nurse to work in our Sunderland. You will be joining an experienced team of Specialist Palliative Care Nurses, and will be part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team who work from the purpose built St Benedicts Hospice and Centre for Specialist Palliative Care

The post holder will be responsible for providing the highest standard of expert holistic care for patients and their families managing their own caseload and providing specialist palliative care nursing, advice and support to patients, carers and professionals across Primary and Secondary Care.

Provision of education to colleagues across the health and social care sector, both formal and informal, is an integral part of the role.

Main duties of the job

The applicants should have considerable, recent, experience of providing palliative and or cancer care to patients in a senior nursing role at Band 6 or above in either the community or hospital environment.

You should be/have:
  • RGN
  • Teaching Qualification ENB998/ or equivalent
  • Relevant Degree
  • Palliative/Cancer Care qualification e.g. ENB 931/285/237
  • Clinical skills qualification
  • Independent nurse prescribing qualification
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Continue to develop advanced knowledge and skills within specialist sphere of practice.
  • Manage a clinical caseload, reviewing patients and play a key role in optimising complex treatment regimes within specialist palliative care, facilitating complex hospital discharge and liaison with multi- professionals to improve the patient journey by increasing access to on-going assessment and appropriate care and treatment post-discharge.
  • Contribute to the facilitation of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care pathways for complex patients with specialist palliative care needs.
  • Support the development of nursing practice within the specialist field through the use of evidence based practice and in line with agreed national standards, and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner within their sphere of practice.
  • Continuously improve clinical standards in line with clinical governance framework.
  • Exercise accountability as set out in the NMC Code.
  • Contribute to training and education within specialist palliative care.
  • Provide expert specialist clinical advice and support to patients and clinical staff within the Trust on the management and care of patients within the specialist area.
  • Provide direct support for palliative patients, either face to face or telephone consultation.
  • Represent specialist palliative care regionally and nationally.
  • Play a key role in ensuring that national and local standards/targets for the specialist area are met.
  • Undertake research relevant to the needs of specialist palliative care practice.
  • Comply with the Trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy.
  • Carrying teaching equipment such as laptop, stationary, etc.
  • Manual dexterity and up to date working knowledge of equipment e.g. syringe drivers, infusion pumps, etc



  • Current 1st level NMC registration
  • Degree in nursing studies or relevant clinical degree (UK equivalent)
  • Masters level study, or equivalent specialist study / experience
  • Mentorship certificate/Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Clinical skills accreditation
  • Non-medical prescribing


  • Leadership and Management Course
  • Basic knowledge of financial management
  • Diploma in Palliative Care



  • Extensive post registration experience, some of which will be at a senior level within the required specialist area of practice
  • Experience of care delivery
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Evidence of leading innovation in practice
  • Evidence of leading change management
  • Evidence of practice development
  • Experience of coordinating care for a caseload of patients


  • Oncology Experience
  • Long Term Conditions Management
  • Budget Management.
  • Participation in recruitment and selection process
  • Project management
  • Experience in conducting research and critiquing clinical evidence

Skills and Knowledge


  • Advanced specialist knowledge and skills within specialist sphere of practice
  • Good/Intermediate IT skills
  • Effective presentation/report writing skills
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary nursing issues
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Knowledge of how to facilitate learning
  • Leadership skills
  • Knowledge of current professional and clinical governance issues
  • Knowledge of research and clinical audit
  • Knowledge and experience of handling complex relationships and interpersonal dynamics
  • Venepuncture, cannulation and IV drug administration
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Practice assessor / practice assessor skills
  • Counselling and appraisal skills
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post
  • Time management
  • Ability to assess, deliver, evaluate and benchmark quality care


  • Qualification in specialty
  • Resource management skills

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


St. Benedicts Hospice

St. Benedicts Way




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