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Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for highly motivated Clinical Nurse Specialists to join the Palliative and End of Life Care Team at Great Western Hospital Foundation Trust. The team are dedicated to ensuring high quality clinical care and patient experience for patients, their families and carers with progressive, advanced life limiting diseases requiring specialist palliative and end of life care

The ideal candidates must have a flexible proactive attitude. They will work alongside the multi-disciplinary team across organisational and professional boundaries to support the delivery of clinically effective, efficient and high-quality care to people with complex specialist palliative and/or end of life care needs, ensuring that this care is both evidence based and reflects current best practice.

We are looking for nurses with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The post holders will act as a specialist resource across the acute site and Swindon Intermediate Care Centre using a team approach to influence patient care through the indirect role of providing specialist education and training to multi-professional staff/students, statutory and voluntary agencies, undertake research, audits and service development within palliative and end of life care.

The successful candidates will also need to demonstrate that they have experience in working with patients in a variety of settings, are able to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

Main duties of the job

A flexible approach is needed to manage the changing picture of palliative and end of life care, with a willingness to respond to the changing needs of the Trust and its patients and their families.

You will work within the Palliative Care and End of Life (EoL) Specialist team providing specialist advice and support to both patients and their families. You will work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and will work across the Trust.

You will work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) acting as autonomous professional clinical practitioners.

You will promote clinical excellence and provide specialised advice and support to patients, carers and staff. This must be in line with National and local guidance ensuring practice is patient centered and evidence based.

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

ServiceWe will put our patients first

TeamworkWe will work together

Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service

RespectWe will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Demonstrate exemplar nursing practice and the implementation of evidence-based care, the provision of a high standard of individualised patient care and experience, upholding the Trust Nursing Strategy which includes the 6Cs
  • Responsible for ensuring own knowledge and compliance of appropriate NMC standards and Trust professional guidelines and that these are applied to practice, including NMC Revalidation
  • Ensure accurate and contemporaneous patient, staff and other records are maintained, submitted and stored meeting NMC requirements
  • Acts as a role model for other team members, promoting and demonstrating the standards of care expected. Challenges, influences and works with other nursing teams to continuously improve standards through shared governance

Please see the attached job description for full information.

Person Specification



  • First Level Registration
  • Experience at Band 5/6
  • Educated to degree level or willing to study
  • Demonstrates ongoing continuing professional development
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Competent in Discussions and Decision Making with Regard to Adult Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) and Resuscitation (willingness to work towards)
  • Advanced History taking and Assessment
  • Teaching qualification


  • Management/ Leadership Skills Course
  • Recognised teaching course



  • Post registration experience including caring for / or experience in Palliative Care and EoL patients.
  • Experience in Palliative Care and EoL nursing
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of audit and its effectiveness within health care
  • Experience in document preparation data collection and report writing
  • IT skills
  • Able to demonstrate service improvement activities
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Evidence of teaching
  • Ability to interpret and utilize information effectively


  • Risk Management & incident Investigation

Knowledge and skills


  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and organise own / others workload
  • Ability to work as a member of the multi disciplinary team and contribute to its development
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal/ communication
  • Adaptable and demonstrates a problem solving approach

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



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