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Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Palliative Care

Central London Community Health Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
4 Aug 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Palliative Care CNS to work within the community setting. We are looking for an experienced, autonomous, and innovative nurse to join the integrated specialist palliative care nursing team.

This is a Band 7 community-based palliative care CNS post, working alongside, Community Nursing Services, Consultants, Therapists, and wider MDT to ensure that the service and team are providing expert high quality patient focused care to advice and support patients, families and Health Care Professionals.

You will be working closely with GP's, Community Teams and Acute Trust staff. As an integral part of community nursing, you will support community teams to feel confident and competent to deliver good palliative and end of life patient centred care and providing expertise for patients with palliative care needs across the borough.

Main duties of the job

Enthusiasm, motivation, compassion, and leadership are qualities and skills considered essential for this specialist nurse role to work in a very challenging environment you will be expected to have a commitment to and progressive work within the field of palliative care. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, acting as a resource for information and education, while working alongside the other specialist services.

In return we can offer you a supportive, friendly working environment with opportunities for personal and professional development. You will be supported by the Clinical Lead.

For further information and to arrange an informal visit please contact: Lorraine Gilbert lorrainegilbert@nhs.netTelephone 07586 436 543

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Palliative Care will work to empower people with advanced progressive illnesses and those who support them to maximise their individual quality of life and death by enabling the provision of skilled palliative care.


The CNS in Palliative Care works as a member of Harrow Community services within Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The team is comprised of a nurse team leader, 6.3 WTE clinical nurse specialists, (one in a development role) one full time specialist palliative care occupational therapist, 3 part time consultants in Palliative Medicine and 1.2 WTE team administrators.

Acting as a specialist resource to provide advice, support and information to patients, families and staff, the CNS plays a key role in raising clinical standards in the provision of palliative care services in the community. The CNS will act as a role model and exercise leadership to influence and develop the practice of nurses, medical and social care personnel in palliative and end of life care.

Please refer to Job description and personal Specification for outline of skills, knowledge and experience required.

Person Specification



  • First level nursing registration
  • First level degree in related subject or evidence of work towards this
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or experience
  • Advanced Communication Skills Course
  • Level 2 psychology training


  • Non-Medical Prescriber V300
  • Qualified MSc



  • Relevant post registration experience at band 6 or above in this or appropriate speciality
  • Previous experience in a post involving clinical and managerial responsibilities.
  • Previous experience of teaching and developing teaching materials
  • Demonstrates evidence of well-developed clinical practice
  • Ability to develop new ways of working
  • Ability to deal with complex patient care including symptom control and psychological support
  • Able to manage own caseload


  • Conversant with the key principles of clinical governance

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to develop new ways of working
  • Ability to deal with complex patient care including symptom control and psychological support
  • Able to manage own caseload
  • Ability to communicate unpleasant /difficult information to patients in a variety of settings with sensitivity
  • Able to analyse data and provide written reports.
  • Intermediate IT skills in word processing and spreadsheets
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues, and policy relating to specialist area
  • Able to present information to professional groups.
  • Able to perform assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care.
  • Able to participate/undertake clinical audit & research
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team


  • Able to influence management and overcome resistance through application of advanced communication skills



  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Change agent - participating in implementing changes within practice
  • Recognition and management of own limitations
  • Able to take a self-reflective approach to own practice
  • Awareness of self as a role mode
  • Assertive, confident, approachable, and friendly
  • Clearance from DBS at enhanced Level


  • Car driver with valid licence and access to vehicle.

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Honeypot Lane Centre for Health



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