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Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse

The North & East Cornwall Community Specialist Palliative Care team are a small team of skilled nurses who work autonomously from their separate bases or from home.

We work closely together by communicating virtually on a daily basis and this helps us to support each other and ensures that we are able to provide a high standard of specialist care to our patients.

We are looking for a motivated and confident registered nurse to join our team working from Par Health Centre which is part of the Bodmin and 3 Harbours Primary Care Network.

Applicants will need to evidence extensive experience of working with patients who have palliative care needs, and with those at the end of life in the community.

Proposed interview 1st November

Main duties of the job

Community Specialist Palliative Care nurses work closely with the multidisciplinary team and with other specialist palliative care providers.The post holder will manage a geographically defined caseload and will ensure that all patients referred with complex palliative needs receive high quality symptom assessment, psychological support and specialist advice to meet their individual care needs.

The post holder will use recognised referral guidelines to undertake agreed levels of intervention.

The post holder will demonstrate high levels of clinical decision-making and will monitor and improve standards of care through supervision of practice, clinical audit, research and by teaching and providing support to professional colleagues.

The post holder will participate in a rota providing a seven-day service, and will need to hold a full driving licence.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health.We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications & Relevant Experience


  • Current professional registration - NMC
  • Professional qualification - RGN - level 1
  • Degree level study in relevant subject
  • Evidence of own professional development and additional specialist training in relevant area to post-graduate diploma level
  • Evidence of teaching experience


  • Recordable teaching qualifications
  • Independent nonmedical prescriber
  • Counselling qualification

Skills & Aptitude


  • Extensive relevant post registration experience
  • A working knowledge of the priorities of care of the dying person and gold standard framework
  • Proven palliative or oncology experience
  • Proven teaching skills


  • Experience of working in primary care

Knowledge & Abilities


  • The ability to deal calmly with stress and distressing situations
  • Evidence of continued professional development and up to date with mandatory training
  • The ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within primary health care teams and as part of a multi professional team
  • The ability to establish good working relationships in order to promote best practice
  • Knowledge and skill to evaluate research and ensure evidence based practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance and ability to apply practice
  • Awareness of relevant government initiatives and political agendas with the relevance to Specialist Palliative Care and End of Life Care

Personal Qualities


  • The ability to work both autonomously and within a small team
  • The ability to adapt to and embrace change
  • The ability to work reflectively
  • The ability and drive to encourage and motivate others

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Par Health Centre

Eastcliffe Road


PL24 2AJ

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