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Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Palliative care nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time (30hrs per week) band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Worthing and St Richards Hospitals Palliative Care Team based at Worthing Hospital. There may be a requirement to cover the service in St Richards.

The successful candidate will work alongside the palliative care nurse specialists, palliative medicine consultants and other members of the multidisciplinary team providing expert care and assessment of patients with progressing life limiting illness with complex needs.

The role requires an autonomous practitioner able to support ward nursing and medical teams caring for patients with specialist palliative care needs within an acute hospital setting.

If you are interested in applying, have the qualities we require and wish to make a difference in improving patient experiences then we would love to hear from you.

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical excellence, leadership, innovation through highly developed specialist knowledge within palliative care.

Providing specialist information and support for patients and carers with specialist palliative care needs or approaching end of life being cared for in the acute setting.

The role requires sensitive communication to support patients with specialist palliative care needs and their families making complex decisions around future care and treatments.

Our values of respect and inclusion are at our core and guide us in our day to day interactions with each other and our patients. We treat people as individuals - celebrating their differences and always taking the time to listen, and learn, from their experiences and perspectives.

We have active professional and social networking groups across our hospitals as well as wearing our accreditations and awards with pride. We are an accredited Disability Confident employer, welcome employees from the Armed Forces through the national 'Veteran Aware' scheme, and are proud to be both a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer and a NHS LGBTQI+ Rainbow Badges pilot Trust.

Whilst we celebrate these achievements, we remain true to our 'where better never stops' ethos and to our commitment to champion inclusion and to remove barriers to equality so everyone can feel free to be their authentic self.

Find out more about inclusion at University Hospitals Sussex on our website.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Using expert clinical knowledge and understanding act as nurse adviser to patients, carers and staff for those with palliative care/end of life needs within the hospital setting.
  • Undertake a holistic assessment of the patients and carers needs and ensure that it is both recorded and communicated to the appropriate people
  • Promote an optimal environment for the delivery of care for patients within the hospital setting in partnership with other health care professionals both within the trust and other key organisations for patients leaving hospital
  • Facilitating the discharge of patients in accordance with the rapid discharge guidelines and the patients preferred place of care and death
  • Facilitate the discussion around advance care planning and medical contingency plans where possible and appropriate
  • The provision of data and reports that meet the required key performance indicators for the service in a timely manner
  • Provide education and training to members of nursing and medical teams within the trust

-- Please see Job description & Person Specs for further information --

Person Specification



  • Registered Adult Nurse
  • Educated to Degree level/professional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma supplemented by specialist training, experience, masters modules
  • Specialist qualification in palliative care or specialist related qualification experience or experience


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Physical assessment qualification
  • Psychological Assessment training Level 2
  • Communication skills training



  • Experience at a band 6 minimum required in specialist field or areas supporting palliative and EoL patients
  • Experience in supporting patients and carers with complex physical and psychological needs
  • Supporting/teaching others caring for palliative and EoL patients


  • Experience in discussing DNACPR, Respect conversations or advanced care planning (10)
  • Understanding of delivery of palliative care within a hospital setting



  • Ability to work within a team and influence, support and motivate others where appropriate
  • Experience of working within multidisciplinary team
  • Overcome any barriers to communication. Ability to deal with difficult / distressing circumstances with varying levels of complexity effectively
  • Ability to use specialist assessment skills plan, implement, evaluate and deliver care according to changing health care needs


  • Experience in quality improvement implementation
  • Teaching experience within healthcare
  • Experience of working in an autonomous role

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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