Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have significant experience of palliative care? If this is you then please read on.

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic nurse to join our community specialist palliative care team. We are a friendly, professional and supportive multi-disciplinary team, who set out to provide high quality palliative care throughout Northamptonshire. Our aim is to empower others and deliver expert advice and support to improve the quality of life and death for people with advanced progressive illness. You will have excellent access to clinical and psychological supervision, relevant training, peer support and appraisal to underpin and develop you in your role.

Main duties of the job

The PCNS will join an integrated Specialist Palliative Care team that works in the community across three bases in Northamptonshire. They will be required to influence patient care by participating:
  • High level of clinical practice
  • Telephone triage of referrals into the Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) service
  • Training and education
  • Service development/leadership
  • Research and audit

The PCNS will be aligned to a patient caseload, ensuring continuity of care in partnership with the integrated specialist palliative care team, GPs, acute trust partners and generalist community teams. There is an expectation to ensure care reflects the strategic priorities of NHFT ensuring a flexible, responsive service that meets the local needs of people across Northamptonshire, whilst upholding Care Quality Commission requirements

This is a Band 7, part-time 26 hour post you will have a nominated base at Cynthia Spencer Hospice but there may be a requirement to work across the county.

Previous experience in palliative care and excellent communication skills are essential for this post. A non-medical prescribing qualification is essential, or a willingness to undertake within a year of starting in post.

Car owner / driver and current driving license essential or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly welcome.

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse (Adult) /Current NMC Registration
  • Recognised qualification in palliative care, or working towards
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • Demonstrate commitment to and recent evidence of further education and personal development
  • Completion of V300 Non-medical prescribing
  • Completion of Advance clinical assessment skills

Knowledge and Experience


  • Evidence of a high level of palliative care knowledge both cancer and non-cancer and its application to practice setting
  • Significant level of recent Post registration experience/include experience of working in palliative setting
  • Evidence of well-developed critical decision making skills which is evidence-based
  • Sound knowledge and participation in research, measuring patient outcomes, audit
  • Evidence of working with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Demonstrates current knowledge of national and local policies and drivers
  • Demonstrate a positive, flexible and adaptable attitude
  • Forward thinking and proactive in decision making
  • Led on audit/project management/service developements
  • Demonstrates leadership in previously roles
  • Recent community experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to holistically assess and monitor a caseload of complex palliative care patients
  • Experience of advance care planning and supporting relatives/carers
  • Ability to deliver advanced communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to promote a culture of patient-centred care, empathy and empowerment
  • Able to respond flexibly to the changing needs of the service
  • Ability to work autonomously, with initiative, recognising own limitations
  • Experience of working within a pressurised environment
  • Computer literate being able to write and maintain accurate documentation
  • Experience of taking the clinical lead within a team with leadership responsibilities
  • Experience of providing clinical advice and triage
  • Experience of pharmacological interventions within the scope of palliative care

Other Requirements


  • Car driver essential /Use of car and Current clean driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Kettering Road



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