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Paediatric Symptom Management Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen at CUH to be part of a developing and expanding paediatric symptom management team. The Band 7 role will support service implementation and development alongside delivery of clinical care and development of patient pathways. To excel in this role you will have previous experience of supporting children and families who require symptom management and end of life care and haveor be willing to develop, prescribing and advanced assessment skills.

The established team based at CUH consists of consultants, specialist nurses, psychology, pharmacy and administration support to enable a truly integrated approach to the care of this group of patients. Using an MDT approach they will deliver exemplary symptom management and end of life care to patients across the region in collaboration with the teams at EACH and Keech as well as local hospitals and community teams. Ability to drive to access the region is vital.

Opportunities for personal learning and development will be encouraged once in role as well as contribution to unit wide teaching. The B7 role will have an on-call commitment once the appropriate training and support has been put in place.

If you are shortlisted we would strongly encourage you to organise a visit to your local hospice.

If you would like information about working at CUH please contact: Lorraine Highe, Matron on 07926 071520

If you would like further information about the role please contact: Juliet Noble, CNS on 07563 217677

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a recognised expert in the provision of holistic and evidence based advanced level nursing care to children and young people. They will be responsible for assessing, developing and implementing specialist nursing care programmes and undertaking specialist nursing procedures.

Responsible for providing specialist advice and support to, and liaising with, other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training for other staff and students. To act as a point of contact for symptom control and management issues for professionals and teams with the regional managed clinical network (MCN).

Provide advanced level symptom management, care and support to children with life-threatening illnesses and complex health care needs living across the East of England as part of the wider Symptom Management team.

Responsible for implementing a clearly defined integrated approach to patient care encompassing new treatments and evidence based care

Required to undertake research and lead clinical audits in this specialist area.

Participate in an on call rota, triaging telephone calls and undertaking face to face visits to deliver the symptom management service across the East of England.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 1 October 2023

Interviews are due to be held in the week commencing 9 October 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • RSCN/ RN Child
  • First Degree (or equivalent level) in nursing or health-related subject
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Evidence of on-going CPD
  • Advanced safeguarding training
  • Advanced clinical assessment qualification or willingness to complete
  • Independent prescribing qualification or willingness to complete


  • Advanced nursing study at Masters Level
  • Advanced level communication skills
  • CPD in paediatric palliative care



  • Significant experience of working with children and families in a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of working with families during end of life and symptom management care
  • Experience of development and implementation of programmes of care
  • Evidence of having worked collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teaching colleagues / students and involvement in mentorship


  • Experience working in a symptom management and palliative care service
  • Experience of managing staff and resources
  • Experience of providing community based care
  • Experience of working with children and young people with complex needs.



  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of children's palliative care and recent initiatives in health and social care



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skills of diplomacy and negotiation
  • Well-developed organisational and planning ability, able to prioritise and delegate
  • Maintain a flexible attitude to change
  • Demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team and build good relationships
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to manage performance of staff, change management and conflict
  • Proven track record of reliability


  • Evidence of child/ young person / family member teaching and information giving
  • Evidence of facilitation / negotiation skills
  • Evidence of involvement in research and practice development
  • Evidence of leading innovation and managing change / service development
  • Evidence of supporting others to develop knowledge and skills.
  • Previous EPIC and SystmOne user

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people at all levels within the organisation and external agencies
  • Committed to providing a high standard of clinical care
  • Able to motivate others
  • To work flexibly as the role demands
  • Able to travel to other sites as required for the role
  • Ability to provide on call and out of hours cover
  • Current NMC registration

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division E



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