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Supportive and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Eastbourne or Hastings
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated, enthusiastic, experienced and suitably qualified nurse to join our dynamic and progressive Supportive and Palliative Care Team at East Sussex Healthcare Trust. We are an established team providing an inpatient consultancy service across two hospital sites to support patients with malignant and non-malignant disease with specialist palliative care and end of life care needs.

We are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, who can work autonomously and as part of an inter-disciplinary team with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines without compromising care. You will need to demonstrate clinical expertise in the field of specialist palliative care and a commitment to continuous learning.

You will be expected to exercise a high degree of personal and professional autonomy and make critical judgements to satisfy the expectations and demands of the role. It is essential that you have at least 5 years post registration experience with 2 years working at band 6 or above in palliative care either in a hospital, community or hospice setting. There are 2 posts with the potential for a full time post and a part time post or two part time posts depending on candidates.

You must be educated to degree level and ideally possess a non medical prescribing qualification or being willing to undertake this course.

Main duties of the job

One post will be based at Eastbourne Hospital, the other at Conquest but there is an expectation of cross site working as needed. The core hours of the team are 8am - 4pm 7 days a week and you will be expected to work 1 in 4 weekends.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Supportive and Palliative Care Team working within the acute hospitals of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The post is challenging but will provide you with varied experience and opportunities for professional development within a friendly and supportive team.

You will be working as part of a dedicated specialist team supporting patients with life limiting illnesses and those closest to them, providing specialist evidence-based advice on symptom control and end of life care. We are an advisory service working closely with our colleagues on adult wards and our hospice partners.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • RGN (NMC level one registration)
  • Degree with evidence of modules relating to palliative care / EOLC
  • Non medical prescribing qualification or willingness to undertake this
  • Evidence of continuous personal, professional and academic development, to masters or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Mentorship


  • Counselling skills
  • Evidence of advanced clinical practice



  • 5 years post registration experience, with 2 years working at band 6 or above in palliative care in a hospital, community or hospice setting
  • Experience of managing a caseload of patients or working autonomously in a clinical setting
  • Experience of delivering informal and formal education to a variety of HCP's
  • Experience of supporting and influencing change
  • Experience of undertaking audit or research
  • Experience of advance care planning


  • Leadership or management experience
  • Participation in nurse led clinics



  • Proven teaching skills
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Evidence of effective leadership, critical and analytical skills
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner, working under own initiative
  • The ability to be a team player within a small team and as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.


  • Evidence of developing innovative practice
  • Experience of change management
  • Understanding of research

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Eastbourne or Conquest Hospital

Eastbourne or Hastings

BN21 2UD

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