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Specialist Palliative Care Nurse

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 specialist Palliative Care Nurse to join to integrated Specialist Palliative Care Team in Gateshead. This will involve working across both hospital and community setting and 7 day service provision

Key roles:
  • To work effectively within a multi-disciplinary/agency locality based team managing complex patients identified as requiring advice and support during palliative and end of life care, ensuring that they receive appropriate interventions to be able to manage their symptoms and have their express wishes carried out with dignity and respect. These patients will have complex physical and mental health needs, and potentially numerous co-morbidities which may include frailty.
  • To provide specialist advice and support to patients, carers and all professionals across Primary and Secondary care for palliative and end of life patients.
  • To improve the patient journey by increasing access to assessment and appropriate care and treatment in line with best practice
  • To provide an innovative patient centered service utilising advanced skills and knowledge in palliative and end of life care
  • To apply standard principles of infection control to all activities at all times

Be a source of expert knowledge and expertise in palliative and end of life care to multiple stakeholders including patients, their families and carers

Main duties of the job

  • Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of specialist programmes of care for the dedicated cohort of patients.
  • Provide direct, skilled and individualised care for patients and their carers.
  • Act as a specialist resource for patient and their family providing care and support that is responsive to their needs in particular the effective management of pain and symptom control
  • To act in an advisory capacity for all professionals across the hospital and community by offering specialist knowledge, skill and advice regarding the care and treatment of those with palliative care needs.
  • To ensure continuity and co-ordination of care between hospital and community environments and rotate into the hospital specialist palliative care team
  • Make recommendations for service improvement and lead on the developments of new nursing initiatives.
  • To participate in clinical supervision.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of clinical services using advanced clinical skills and knowledge for palliative and patient at the end of life.
  • To provide specialist advice on the assessment, care planning and interventions of patients needs.
  • To further develop knowledge and skills specific to the community setting through undertaking regular audit, research and development activities.
  • The post holder will have a community base but will also spend time at their link GP practices and care homes.
  • A key part of the role will be cross agency liaison, training, research and development, and being a clinical resource for the local Health Community.
  • Clinical responsibility for a defined complex caseload with accountability for the health outcomes for the individuals within their care
  • To be the accountable clinician in the development, delivery and provision of complex case management within the community setting for patients with palliative and end of life care needs.
  • To ensure safe systems and processes are in place to support multidisciplinary team working
  • To ensure all professional standards and codes of conduct are adhered to.
  • Facilitate the development of clinical expertise and advanced practice within the team to support the right person, right place right time agenda
  • To provide senior leadership and clinical expertise in palliative and end of life care for a variety of multidisciplinary staff.
  • Be responsible for, provide and monitor the standard of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care ensuring the quality of care provided is of a high standard.
  • Act as a Caseload holder to oversee all aspects of clinical care planning and delivery to ensure maximum positive outcomes for patients within the defined locality and delegate to other members of the team as appropriate
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner, clinically, professionally and practically with a expert knowledge in palliative and end of life care
  • To lead clinically and professionally ensuring compliance with all statutory and mandatory professional requirements
  • Continually develop own clinical expertise, knowledge and clinical skills to enhance effective care and support. Ensure this expertise is shared with other clinical staff.
  • Champion the development of leadership competencies within the team
  • To ensure continuity and co-ordination of care across the health and social care community
  • To develop protocols relating to advanced practice and work in an extended clinical role specifically for palliative and end of life care.
  • Facilitates the development of self-awareness of self and others in the team through reflection, and clinical supervision
  • Through effective role modelling develop positive behaviour, encourage an open and non-threatening environment that
    • Rewards decision making and creativity
    • Facilitates change and the implementation of new ideas
    • Promotes staff retention
    • Empowers employees
    • Encourages the reporting of patient safety incidents and uses reflection to learn from as a result
    • Identifies risk and develops mitigation to minimise it

Person Specification



  • RGN (adult)
  • Teaching Qualification ENB998/ or equivalent experience
  • Palliative/Cancer Care qualification e.g. ENB 931/285/237 ( Band 7)
  • Relevant Degree
  • Diploma in Palliative Care ( Band 7)
  • Advanced Clinical Skills (or willingness to complete).
  • Independent nurse prescribing ( or willingness to complete)


  • MSc/MA in Health related topic
  • Counselling qualification



  • Palliative/Cancer care in either an acute or community/primary care setting for more than 24 months ( Band 7)
  • Recent management experience
  • Leading Services and people management
  • Recent practice in Community/Hospital setting
  • Involvement in service review and development in palliative care ( Band 7)
  • Teaching and training stakeholders in palliative and end of life care in a variety of settings (Band 7)


  • Hospice Experience
  • Oncology Experience
  • Other life limiting illnesses
  • Research Audit
  • Project management



  • Significant post registration nursing experience
  • Leadership skills/ qualities
  • Able to communicate effectively
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to share knowledge Understanding of Palliative care Philosophy

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Sherif Hill



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