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Senior Specialist Nurse - HPCT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Palliative Care service is proud to have developed a Rapid Intervention in Palliative and End of Life care project which aims to enable patients whose preference is to remain at home for the end of their life to do so. Rapid Discharge from Hospital is a key component of the project.

The Hospital Palliative Care Team works a 7-day service across all sites in order to facilitate these rapid discharges. Weekend and extended hours working will be required.

We are looking for candidates who and who are able to act as a role-model to staff across the Trust

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who displays excellent communication skills and strong leadership qualities and is capable of working autonomously within a busy multidisciplinary team supporting the delivery of palliative care throughout the Trust.

Palliative care experience is essential.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will demonstrate excellent communication skills in supporting ward teams to care for patients with palliative care needs, carrying out specialist assessments, liaising with a wide range of healthcare professionals and clearly documenting clinical advice in the electronic patient record. We are looking for candidates who display strong nursing leadership qualities and who are able to act as a role-model to staff across the Trust. A commitment to education and teaching is also important.

Palliative Care experience is essential, as is recent experience of working in a specialist or senior nursing role. In return we will be able to offer a supportive and friendly working environment, with access to mentorship and training and opportunities for relevant postgraduate study. Candidates will be expected to undertake the non-medical prescribing module within two years of appointment.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Senior Specialist Nurses will be able to
  • Use their expert knowledge and clinical judgement to decide whether to refer patients for investigations and discuss potential diagnoses with members of the wider MDT.
  • Decide on and carry out treatment, which may include advice on the prescribing and de-prescribing of medicines, or referring patients to an appropriate specialist.
  • Where appropriately qualified and registered with the NMC, prescribe for the initiation and titration of medication for symptom relief.
  • Assess individuals, families and populations holistically using a range of different methods, using physical assessment and advanced history taking skills and other specialist health needs assessments.
  • Ensure the provision of continuity of care.
  • Assess and evaluate, with patients and /or carers, the effectiveness of the treatment and care provided and make changes as needed.
  • Work autonomously within a wider health care team and as a lone practitioner.
  • Work across professional, organisational and system boundaries and proactively develop and sustain new partnerships and networks to influence and improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
Clinical Practice:

Senior Specialist Nurses will:
  • Work at an advanced level of practice within the specialist area of practice, autonomously as well as within a multi-disciplinary team and are self-directed.
  • Work clinically to optimise health and wellbeing, demonstrate autonomous decision making related to comprehensive history taking and physical assessment of patients.
  • Work at an advanced level drawing on a diverse range of specialist knowledge in complex decision making to determine evidence-based therapeutic interventions, which may include advising the wider MDT on the prescribing medication.
  • Plan, prioritise and manage complete episodes of care, working in partnership with others, delegating and referring as appropriate to optimise health outcomes and resource use, providing direct support to patients and clients.
  • Act as key worker where this model exists.
  • Use professional judgement in managing complex and unpredictable care events.
  • Draw upon an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources in their practice.
  • Appropriately define boundaries in practice.
  • Promote a high standard of advanced specialist nursing by initiating and coordinating the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of the holistic needs of patients/families through evidence based practice following agreed policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Practice a high standard of communication including highly sensitive and complex information to develop and sustain partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies. Utilise evidence based information through a variety of communication media.
  • Maintain adequate patient documentation to NMC requirements for all patients seen and advice given in any practice setting and contribute to clinical activity/data collection as required.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • 1st level registration
  • Post registration palliative care qualification
  • Qualification in teaching and assessing in clinical practice


  • oMasters level education in Nursing

Experience and knowledge


  • oDemonstrable expertise in specialist palliative care nursing
  • oAbility to discuss and demonstrate evidence based practice
  • oManagement Experience
  • oKnowledge and experience of change management and nderstanding of clinical governance and audit
  • oEvidence of being able to work across organisational boundaries


  • oExperience in introducing and managing nurse-led practice
  • oUnderstanding of research methods and procedure

Skills and Abilities


  • oAbility to motivate self and others
  • oEvidence of continued development
  • oDemonstrate holistic care based practice
  • oAbility to achieve effective outcomes from challenging situations
  • Computer Literate and good presentation skills


  • oNon-medical prescribing

Personal Qualities


  • oHighly professional attitude, Professional role model & Diplomatic
  • oCommitted to professional development of self and colleagues
  • oConfident with conflict management
  • oMust be able to work across all OUHFT sites

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Sobell House - Churchill Hospital

Old Road, Headington



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