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Specialist Palliative Care - Lead Nurse

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Within Hywel Dda
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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This post is fixed term/secondment for 2 years due to due to funding stream.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an 8b Specialist Palliative Care Lead Nurse to work as part of the Specialist Palliative Care Triumvirate and County Management Teams across the Health Board, participating in service planning and strategy/policy development.

Main duties of the job

Professionally accountable for Specialist Palliative Care health professionals across the Health Board, with capability to work across the Service as required.

Provides professional oversight and support to Specialist Palliative Care health professionals and other managers as appropriate. This includes ensuring that appropriate arrangements are in place to set challenging but realistic objectives, monitor performance and agree and review performance and personal development plans.

Provides leadership in delivery of service and corporate objectives.

Ensures the Specialist Palliative Care health professional workforce is utilised efficiently and equitably across services as required on a day to day basis. This will be done in accordance with need and appropriate level of skill in order to maintain safe, quality care and that particular areas of risk are managed effectively.

Upholds corporate governance by exercising prudent financial management of temporary staffing replacement ensuing there are robust systems and processes in place to authorise the use of temporary staffing replacement.

Ensure all incidents, including serious, untoward incidents are investigated in a timely manner and action plans implemented.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 12,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (six of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in developing the Health Boards Specialist Palliative Care Services by engaging in national strategies and leading local initiatives to maintain the Health Board at the forefront of Specialist Palliative Care provision. As a key senior member of the Specialist Palliative Care Triumvirate Team, this role will be pivotal in managing the planning and delivery of the organisations response to the national Specialist Palliative Care agenda and will play a critical role in leading the review, improvement and on-going monitoring of Specialist Palliative Care clinical pathways, overseeing the necessary re-design of services and workforce models.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 18/06/2024.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Recordable appropriate clinical qualification and current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health & Care Professions Council, etc.)
  • Recognised management qualification or equivalent demonstrative experience educated to degree level
  • Educated to Master's Degree or equivalent level
  • Specialist clinical knowledge in Specialist Palliative Care
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Improving Quality Together (IQT Bronze / Silver)



  • Experience of clinical leadership at a senior management level within a Specialist Palliative Care setting
  • Advanced understanding and experience of the issues pertaining to the governance agenda, particularly with respect to the scope of practice of healthcare professionals/registrants
  • Ability to act at a high level within sphere of competence without supervision, based on interpretation of broad professional and clinical policies
  • Financial management experience including evidence of delivery within budgets and time scales
  • Direct experience of major service and organisation


  • Experience developing new service/teams and processes

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Health Board wide post - base to be confirmed upon appointment

Within Hywel Dda

SA46 0DY

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