Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you enjoy the challenge of working in our busy Palliative Care service where we day to day try to achieve the best palliative and end of life care outcomes for the people we care for?Could you imagine yourself working in the heart of the city? Are you ambitious to develop your palliative career and would you like to develop in this thriving practice with a long tradition of 'can do'? If yes, then please contact us to find out more.

We are looking to recruit to Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist vacanciesfor the community palliative care team in South Camden and Islington. We have both substantive and fixed term opportunities available.

As a service we provide palliative care to the patients of UCLH and South Camden & Islington community. Islington is also a diverse Borough with many restaurants and cafes on its famous Upper Street, to places of entertainment such as the Almeida Theatre and the Emirates Stadium.

Working in the community, you will work as an autonomous practitioner managing a caseload of complex palliative care patients with a variety of conditions. This role will involve on call cover for UCLH hospitals and there will be opportunity to rotate to the Hospital team.

Main duties of the job

Here in Central London, the demand for specialist palliative care is increasing at a faster pace than ever before and many more people are dying in their place of choice thanks to the work we do as a multi-professional service.

To join us in this demanding and rewarding role you'll need to have...

- Resilience and clear motivation

- Passionate about working with a wide range of people in their last years of life

- An advanced toolkit of clinical skills that simply makes a consistent difference to patients and their families

- An ability to motivate and influence people and operate with a good deal of personal warmth, friendliness and compassion

- Be bright and emotionally intelligent

- Strong networking skills and proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of people

- An accountability gene that does not shirk from leading in complex situations

- Ability to develop increasing innovation and to utilise the evidence base in palliative care

- Opportunity to work across Community and Hospital teams.

About us

We offer excellent training and development opportunities to support personal and professional development, a range of family friendly policies, an interest free season ticket loan and subsidised sports facilities.

We work a 7 day working pattern with on call via a rota until 8pm each day.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken. To work within the Standards for Better Health and guidelines of the Palliative Care Team, CNWL and UCLH NHS Trusts and NMC Code of Conduct at all times.
  • To undertake specialist-nursing assessment of clients with complex palliative care needs through subjective questioning, objective examination, and study of appropriate written material (e.g. clinical records) available.
  • To prioritise factors involved in the patients and informal carers condition through advanced clinical reasoning based on knowledge of current professional opinion, patients prognosis and other physical, psychological, spiritual, ethical, social, and mental health records.
  • To identify patients, their informal carers or children whom may be at risk and vulnerable. Promptly enact the process outlined in the policies for Care of Vulnerable Adults and Care of Vulnerable Children.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse
    • Relevant post basic qualifications
    • Achieved or working towards first degree


    • Current driving licence
    • Non medical prescriber and physical assessment qualification
    • Recognised teaching qualification

    Skills and knowledge


    • oAbility to work individually and as a team member
    • oBasic computer literacy
    • oAbility to negotiate with a variety of clinical professionals, patients and their families
    • oAbility to prioritise work load and manage time effectively
    • oAbility to solve problems and take action to address issues
    • oExperience of delivering evidence based practise
    • oExcellent verbal and written communication
    • oExperience of working with integrated care pathways


    • oContemporary and relevant clinical knowledge and expertise
    • oAbility to supervise and develop people



    • oExtensive years post registration, in appropriate speciality
    • oExperience of case or ward management
    • oExperience of teaching clinical staff and patients and families
    • oDemonstrate ability to initiate, evaluate and sustain change management


    • oExperience of caring for patients in their own home

    Audit and Research


    • oPrevious experience of audit, standard setting and quality issues
    • oAbility to incorporate research into practise and to motivate other to do so
    • oExperience of user involvement in service planning and delivery

    Professional Requirements


    • oTake responsibility for and demonstrate evidence of own professional development
    • oMaintenance of professional registration
    • oDemonstrate commitment to development of palliative and EOLC
    • oUnderstanding of equal opportunities

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    St Pancras Hospital

    4 St Pancras Way


    NW1 0PE

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