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Macmillan Palliative and End of Life Care Practice Educator

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Macmillan Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care team at Northampton General Hospital as a Practice Educator. As an integral part of a dedicated and innovative team, the post holder will lead on and deliver quality palliative and end of life care education across the trust.

Main duties of the job

This role includes clinical working within the specialist palliative care team as part of seven day service provision. Significant palliative care knowledge and skills will be required alongside extensive teaching and education experience. The post holder will demonstrate a broad range of effective communication skills and have a clear passion for supporting learners and consequently enhancing delivery of quality palliative and end of life care.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a member of the Trusts Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care Team, the post-holder willbe the Lead for Palliative and End of Life care Education and Practice Development. They willundertake a number of strategic and operational activities and have responsibility for thedevelopment and implementation of a comprehensive trust wide education and trainingprogramme to improve the quality of adult palliative and end of life care delivery.

Lead nurse /deputy lead nurse for specialist palliative and end of life careClinical lead for specialist palliative and end of life careSpecialist palliative care team, CNSs and nursesInpatient ward teams, sisters, matrons, medical staff, AHPs, housekeeping and domesticstaffMortuary teamMacmillan partnership lead / Macmillan information centreMacmillan site specific CNSs, social workers and the acute oncology serviceNon-malignant specialist teams (such as respiratory, heart failure, outreach, dementia)Marie Curie discharge servicePottering teamBereavement teamPALS and complaints teamPathway to Excellence teamQuality improvement teamProfessional practice development teamMedical education teamChaplaincy teamPractice Educators- Kettering General Hospital(KGH) and Northamptonshire HealthcareFoundation Trust (NHFT)

Person Specification

Education and training


  • Substantial post registration experience in healthcare in a professional post with specialist palliative care experience
  • Evidence of both relevant and recent continuous professional development
  • Relevant teaching and assessing qualification, alongside significant teaching experience
  • Post registration course in palliative care or relevant field
  • Advanced communication skills training
  • First Level NMC registration


  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of education, training or experience
  • Independent prescribing qualification

Knowledge and experience


  • Significant post registration experience, some of which must have been in specialist palliative care preferably at a CNS level
  • Experience of supporting and teaching within clinical areas and facilitating both group and one to one education sessions
  • Clear, up to date and thorough knowledge of palliative and end of life care clinical and professional issues, including statutory frameworks and national policy
  • Experience of developing, delivering and evaluating education programmes to a variety of audiences
  • Advance care planning experience
  • Experience of working collaboratively within education systems
  • Recent experience of successfully implementing change


  • Experience of data analysis and audit evaluation, conference presentation
  • Member of a task and finish or steering group
  • Experience of project management



  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to work on own initiative and prioritise workload
  • Ability to develop and foster constructive multi-disciplinary working and support a caseload of patients when appropriate
  • Consistently utilise a broad range of advanced communication skills
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of IT and technology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to evidence clinical decision making skills as part of a holistic assessment, documented to appropriate standards
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Ability to convene and chair meetings

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring Trust values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Motivation to pursue personal development, recognising own boundaries and limitations
  • The ability to prioritise and stay calm under pressure of changing work demands
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and able to motivate others
  • Clinical credibility, flexible and positive approach to work
  • Takes accountability for all areas of responsibility in the role
  • Physical effort may be required to move patients
  • High level of concentration which is likely to be interrupted
  • Need to have compassion, empathy and where required diplomacy in all aspects of the role
  • Occasional exposure to bodily fluids
  • Car owner/driver with a clean current driver's licence

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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