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Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Prescot, Liverpool
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Community Specialist Palliative Care ( Liverpool & South Sefton) is a developing and forward thinking team, which demonstrates high level of patient and carer assessment and support. We have an exciting and excellent opportunity for a Registered Nurse to join the team to develop their competencies and skills in Palliative and End of Life Care (1.0wte permanent post and 1.0wte 6 month secondment/fixed term position.A Supportive framework will be in place to assist the post holder - this includes:

Mentored induction and support from a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care

A structured programme of learning and development

This represents an excellent opportunity to consolidate previous knowledge and experience relating to Palliative and End of Life Care. You will need to demonstrate at least 3 years post-registration experience and excellent communication skills. Experience in Palliative and End of Life Care or Oncology would be an advantage but experience of caring for patients with long term or life limiting illness would be sufficient as this is a developmental opportunity.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the management of a defined caseload. They will be responsible for the continuity of care and be the lead person for communication to identified stakeholders. The primary function of the role is to provide proactive, responsive services that addressthe anticipatory and maintenance care needs of the patients/clients within the defined caseload.

This will be done via a holistic assessment of care needs and the provision of clinical care for patients/clients with acute and chronic highly complex needs. Practice autonomously and demonstrate evidence based clinical decision making. Work within guidelines to identify and manage risk, reporting identified risks to the team leader. Ensure the delivery of the quality strategy within the designated area incorporating establishment ofsystems and processes.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload.

Responsible for workload planning and delegation of work to other team members, taking into account competence levels.

Undertake holistic assessments of need for the patient and family, which may be highly complex, using the appropriate model of care and evidence based practice.

Work in partnership with other professionals to enable patients/clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission. Provide advice to patients, clients and carers on a wide range of health issues to include health promotion, life style advice and health care.

Ensure that the team provides a high quality clinical service to its clients by participation in caseload and clinical supervision.

In conjunction with the team leader, develop new ways of working to provide a responsive service to patients with both planned and unplanned care needs.

Develop partnerships and joint working within other agencies as appropriate. Maintain registration in line with professional bodies.

Clinically lead, direct, mentor and support the team.

Support the team leader in the development of caseload management across the local health economy.

Acts as an advocate and champion for patients and/or clients.

Act as a role model to team members and students so that patients/clients receive the most effective care possible.

Contribute to the development of policy and services to reflect the needs of the local neighbourhood population.

Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the clinical team contract/objectives.

Provide information to the team leader on staff and patient/client activity as requested, to enable the effective management of the team.

Support the team leader in the implementation of practice development, improvement and service modernisation initiatives.

Support the team leader by monitoring and recording sickness and absence, capability and other issues within the team, reporting them as soon as possible.

In conjunction with other caseload holders, provide day-to-day supervision and support for the team.

Support the team leader in providing induction to the local working environment, clinical services and policies for new team members and students.

Undertake personal development plans with other members of the team, as delegated by the team leader.

Act as an authorised signatory for mileage and time cards for submission to the team leader.

Communicate with the multi-disciplinary team to provide best outcomes for patients/clients this may include organising case conferences related to highly complex cases.

Participate in individual and group supervision.

Monitor record keeping within the team and inform the team leader of any issues.

Support the training and development of team members who need to improve on the level of patient care delivery. This includes record keeping and improving clinical competency.

Support the implementation of any initiatives to improve quality within the clinical governance framework.

Participate in patient satisfaction reporting to improve patient care.

Work with the team leader to ensure achievement of your own personal development plan.

Maintain up to date knowledge and competence in line with professional and service requirements and demonstrate critical thinking, decision-making and reflective skills to ensure own professional development.

Support the Team Leader in creating an environment in which learning and practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated.

Facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners.

Facilitate pre and post registration student placements within the team. Mentor and assess preregistration students.

Participation in clinical audits and research, as required.

The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.

The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation.

Participate in individual and group supervision.

Person Specification



  • Registered Professional
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification or equivalent work based experience


  • V300 Prescriber, if required for the post

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Demonstrable post registration/qualification experience
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working
  • Demonstrable experience in relevant area of practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses.
  • Awareness of current national and local agenda in health and social care
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Understanding of the principles of care management
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Evidence of being able to communicate complex information and advice on healthcare to Patients/clients, carers and colleagues
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Risk assessment skills


  • Management and clinical leadership experience



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Self-management and motivation skills. IT literate
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


V7 Building/Across City

Kings Business Park

Prescot, Liverpool

L34 1PJ

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