Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity for you to join the growing and developing Hospital Palliative Care Team and our newly appointed Lead Nurse as a Palliative Care Nurse Specialist here at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust .

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic nurse with a passion for palliative care with significant post registration experience in an area looking after palliative care patients with some knowledge of symptom control for patients with end of life malignant or non-malignant care needs.

You must be compassionate, driven, act with integrity and respect and have excellent communication skills. In return we will offer you a supportive environment whereby you can develop your skills to become an autonomous practitioner and develop in-depth specialist knowledge within the field of palliative and end of life care.

Please be advised there is a proposed interview date of 19th October.

Main duties of the job

You will be working within a large acute teaching trust carrying out holistic assessments and reviews of patients with palliative care needs across both hospital sites. You will work within the nurse specialist team, delivering specialist palliative care interventions to patients, including symptom management and psychological support, alongside providing advice and support to families and staff throughout our hospitals.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specialist Clinical Practice
  • Accountable for own actions in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct. Will contribute towards corporate objectives, acting within local, Trust and statutory guidelines and policies at all times.
  • Highly developed communication skills enabling maintenance of high quality service and ensuring timely management and resolution of unexpected events and situations. Timely referrals to other health professionals required.
  • Responsible for identifying and assessing complex clinical and non-clinical issues, implementing resolutions and monitoring /auditing outcomes.
  • The post holder will develop advanced clinical skills to assess the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of those patients living with a progressive life limiting illness and taking responsibility for all information given and interventions recommended are evidence based seeking guidance when necessary from Band 7 CNSs.
  • Provide help throughout the hospital to clinical teams in identification of patients with palliative care needs through increased visibility and presence on ward or board rounds in care of the elderly / frailty services, cardiac failure services, respiratory services and others. This will lead to earlier identification of patients who need advanced care planning, and reduction in length of stay and investigation of these patients. This would in turn also help to reduce the chance of future ED attendances for these patients.
  • Be a visible presence in ED and AMU. Identification of patients in the Emergency Department who may benefit from palliative care interventions that enable them to be discharged with an early plan to be seen in an outpatient setting or in the community (through close liaison with community services)

  • Leadership
  • To prioritise own time and caseload effectively.
  • Develop and foster excellent working relationships with all professionals across the health service.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the field of Specialist Palliative Care nursing across the Trust by supporting the Palliative Care Team CNSs to deliver advanced practice.

  • Education
  • Contribute to the training provision of identified groups aligned to the Palliative Care team educational strategy
  • A resource for staff, advising on national, local and Trust policy and procedures/guidelines, ensuring that clinical governance is embedded in practice.
  • To be up to date on current evidence based practice within the speciality of palliative and end of life care through available resources.
  • To actively participate in an annual appraisal and personal development plan and be aware of their knowledge and skills framework and the action required to meet this

  • Clinical Effectiveness
  • Promote and monitor adherence to Health and Safety and Trust policy designed to protect healthcare staff and service users from known hazards.
  • Ensure practice is evidence / research based.
  • Support the team by participating in audit and research relevant to the speciality, including service data collection.
  • To promote patient and public involvement activities leading to service improvement activities within the specialist area.

  • For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

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    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


    University Hospital Coventry

    Clifford Bridge Road


    CV2 2DX

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