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Palliative Care Nurse

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
West Bromwich
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

At Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust we are very proud of our specialist palliative care and end of life care co-ordination Hub. The CQC awarded us excellent for our service in 2017. The team consists of Specialist Palliative Consultants, Specialist Palliative Care Nurses for the Acute and Community, End of Life Care Facilitators, Urgent Response Team, Day Hospice and Macmillan Occupational Therapists. The service operates 24/7 providing care to patients in hospital and community in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

Main duties of the job

We currently have a full-time vacancy available for a Palliative Care Nurse. You must be a registered nurse with the appropriate qualifications and experience. The applicant for this post will be responsible for coordinating a caseload of patients and staff on a shift, to ensure that all calls from palliative and end of life care patients are responded to in a timely manner. The post includes rotation between the Palliative Care Hub and Urgent Response Team and offers development opportunities. You will need to have a good clinical knowledge around end of life care, including symptom control and community services. The shift pattern involves rotation between day and nights, 12 hour shifts.

If you feel that you have the enthusiasm, passion and knowledge for this post then please apply.

If you would like more information about these posts please contact Louise Wright on 07866004682.

This is a really exciting time for professionals who want to join a team that will influence the development of services for patients at end of life.

About us

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBT) is an integrated care organisation with a budget of approximately �600 million and over 7,000 staff. Diversity and social care is at the core of what we do as the Trust provides Community and Acute Services to over half a million people in an urban centre that demands massive regeneration and has substantial premature mortality.

Our new acute hospital, the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), opens in 2024 and will provide care to our local population from first class, purpose-built premises. The development of the new hospital will play an important role in the regeneration of the wider area and in improving the lives of local people and reducing health inequalities.

We have three newly emerging strategic objectives:
  • Our People - to cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff
  • Our Patients - to be good or outstanding in everything we do
  • Our Population - to work seamlessly with our partners to improve lives

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of what this role entails

    Person Specification



    • 1st Level Registered General Nurse (adults)
    • Qualification in palliative / end of life care or relevant experience
    • Evidence of continued professional development


    • Qualified Nurse Prescriber
    • Project management
    • Advanced Communication



    • Experience of working within a community team or acute ward.
    • Experience of caring for patients at the end of life / palliative care needs
    • Experience of forging excellent relationships across professional boundaries


    • Experience of working with professionals from health and other sectors including social care and the 3rd sector

    Personal qualities


    • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with an ability to adopt a number of ways to influence diverse parties
    • Well motivated
    • Ability to exercise initiative
    • Able to prioritise own workload
    • Able to work effectively with a wide range of people
    • Ability to influence, negotiate, facilitate, motivate and support staff, clients and carers
    • Effective role model
    • Aware of own limitations
    • Demonstrate self-belief, self-awareness and ability to self-manage
    • Be adaptable across all care settings 24/7


    • Ability to lead others and demand the respect of colleagues

    Management / Supervision / Coordination skills


    • Ability to deal with complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible
    • Ability to give constructive feedback
    • Ability to lead and implement successful change management
    • Alert management if skill mix is incorrect
    • Able to supervise and support other staff
    • Demonstrate good leadership and team building skills

    Communication skills


    • Proficient in reading and writing, routine note taking
    • Ability to speak and understand basic English
    • IT Skills
    • Ability to coach
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including problem solving and counselling
    • Attend and contribute to meetings


    • Be able to write complex reports and formulate policies
    • Use of SystmOne
    • Use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook



    • Clear understanding of end of life care planning
    • Good working knowledge of the national end of life initiatives
    • Have a high level of understanding of current and future policy regarding palliative and end of life care and apply to practice

    Mental effort


    • Able to deal with frequent telephone enquiries
    • Able to read and interpret new national guidelines and apply to practice


    • Take part in team audit

    Physical skills


    • Able to carry out manual handling of patients in line with Trust policy
    • Need to be able to travel across hospital sites within the Trust and community, and to external meetings and events


    • Set up a syringe driver

    Emotional effort


    • Able to work in a wide range of environments
    • Able to deal with difficult situations e.g. aggression
    • Identifies own coping strategies
    • Able to access support with difficult situations
    • Able to have difficult conversations
    • Be able to deal with highly emotive situations with palliative care patients/families


    • Advanced communications course or equivalent

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust


    SWB NHS Trust


    West Bromwich

    B71 4HJ

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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