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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Symptom Control and Palliative Care team at the Royal Marsden Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist to cover maternity leave.

The successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a multi-professional team in assessing and advising patients with palliative care needs, their families/carers and other healthcare professionals. Evaluating interventions and adjusting them accordingly will be part of the role on a day-to-day basis. He/she will also be involved in informal teaching and supporting junior nurses and doctors as well as taking part in formal teaching at the School of Nursing and on the wards. Audit and research will be undertaken jointly with other members of the palliative care team.He/she should have a post-registration qualification relevant to the specialty and a minimum of three years oncology or palliative care experience.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to liaise appropriately with all key members of the multi-disciplinary team and service users related to the specialty. In addition, the post holder will be required to liaise with their peers across the Trust, the divisional management team and appropriate corporate directorates and teams. The post holder will be expected to liaise with colleagues external to the Trust and national networks as appropriate to the specialty.
  • To provide professional and clinical leadership and expertise in the care of the patient with palliative care needs, acting as a resource to provide information and support to patients, carers and staff.
  • To take responsibility for own evidence-based practice and implement and add to the body of knowledge that supports nursing practice within palliative care.
  • To lead and innovate nursing practice in symptom control & palliative care both within the Trust and through local networks.
  • To liaise effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary health care team so as to achieve a synchronised specialist service.
  • To provide informal and formal teaching, e.g. academic courses provided by the School of Nursing.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification:

2.1 To provide a nursing service within symptom control & palliative care by receiving direct referrals and undertaking assessments based on specialist palliative care needs.

2.2 To use advanced clinical judgement to plan, implement and evaluate care for patients with complex symptom control needs.

2.3 To manage an agreed caseload, under the supervision of the Matron and Nurse Consultant, using in depth knowledge of the patient / client group and acting as the key worker where appropriate.

2.4 In collaboration with other clinical nurse specialist to formulate and/or revise relevant policies and to regularly review these following changes and implementation. To work within the procedures and policies of the Trust.

2.5 To discuss in-depth all care options with sensitivity, knowledge and expertise to enable patients to make an informed choice. To act as patient advocate when appropriate and respecting patient confidentiality and privacy with respect for diverse cultural backgrounds and requirements.

Person Specification



  • First Level registration
  • Palliative Care qualification
  • First and/or Higher Degree
  • Willingness to work towards Higher Degree if without this
  • Teaching qualification/experience
  • Demonstrable experience in Palliative Care
  • Experience in research


  • Oncology qualification

Special Aptitudes & Disposition:


  • Ability to deliver formal lectures to a high standard

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Chelsea

Fulham Road



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