Clinical Nurse Specialist / Clinical Paramedic Specialist
Hospice in the Weald
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Clinical Paramedic Specialist to work alongside our Hospice Outreach Team to coordinate, lead and manage the daily activities and services for individuals and those who care for them using our services. This post will provide a crucial role in supporting staff and driving forward our new model of care to ensure we havethe right people, providing the right care at the right place and the right time.
The Hospice Outreach Team are the initial point of contact for all new community referrals and all telephone calls coming into the service. It acts as a front line to support patients, staff and families in their own homes, this includes care homes and nursing homes. You will be part of a rota of clinicians covering a 24/7 service offering remote support (telephone support and video conferencing) as well as clinic and home assessments.
Main duties of the job
You will co-ordinate and deliver high quality care to patients with a terminal illness. Providing support and advice to patients in their own homes, community hospitals and private hospitals.
Striving to help us to deliver Hospice care to more people who need it, you will provide clinical advice and interventional support to other professionals on palliative care issues and play a significant role in helping patients to achieve their preferred place of care.
You will have proven community or in-patient palliative care experience at Band 6 or 7 or have equivalent level of experience of working in the following related areas: Paramedic, General Medicine, Neurology, A+E, Frailty, Respiratory Care or Oncology.
We are looking for a motivated clinician with the ability to work as an independent practitioner whilst being part of a responsive and resilient team. You will bring with you a wide range of experience in mentoring and supporting individuals and teams and possess advanced communication skills and excellent presentation skills (both oral and written).
Benefits include free parking and a generous holiday allowance with the ability to buy and sell additional holiday. You can even carry over an NHS pension!
Effectively and efficiently manage a list of patients, ensuring the right person is seeing the right patient in the right place at the right time.
Work as part of a team to achieve referral outcome measures as stated in the Hospice in the Weald Business Strategy.
Attendance at palliative care meetings held at GP practices.
Engage in and promote the use of End of Life Care tools.
Participate in the provision of high-quality information to patients and those important to them regarding their disease, treatment and services available; adapting this advice to suit individual needs.
Undertake the Advanced Physical Assessment of patients , ensuring a holistic assessment is completed so that, as an organisation, we can offer the best possible care for the patient and those important to them
Ensure symptom control and End of Life Care is delivered, documented and reviewed to the highest standard.
Ensure that the patient is reviewed at MDT or caseload review in accordance with NICE Guidance
Participate in the provision of a 7 day a week service including weekends and Bank Holidays. Participate in agreed methods of duty planning.
Management and Leadership
Liaise closely with line manger on control, distribution, and management of clinical workload.
Be cognizant of the Hospice in the Wealds Three-Year Strategy and Operational Business Plan.
Work to maintain a high level of risk awareness about self and patient safety
Assist in the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines to continuously improve ways of working.
Support and empower our volunteers and more junior members of the workforce
Communications and Teamwork
Advise and support the multi-disciplinary team to enable them to provide high quality care, planning ahead, giving advice on pain and symptom control, advanced care planning, social and psychological care, communication and use of resources.
Provide a high standard of sensitive communication with patients and those important to them, which maintains an individuals privacy and dignity.
Audit and Research
In consultation with managers, ensure all work is evidence based.
Contribute to performance and activity reports and analysis to Hospice in the Weald using ICT/information to produce intelligence for future service provision.
Develop, in conjunction with line management, mechanisms for auditing care within the service and implement changing practice as a result.
Participate in or support, where appropriate, nursing and/or collaborative clinical research in palliative care
Training and Development
Actively plan and participate in the provision of supervision/reflective practice to colleagues to support engaging development opportunities.
Undertake Hospice mandatory training and participate in wider training and development opportunities
Act as a role model and mentor to colleagues and to be an ambassador to neighbouring health and social care providers, providing informal education and support to staff in their provision of palliative care.
Work collaboratively with the multi-professional team to provide training to care homes on End of Life Care as required.
Undertake external training to enhance the CNS/ CPS role as appropriate
Maintain professionalism through adherence to recognized Codes (e.g. NMC, GMC, HPC, HCPC) and work within the boundaries of Hospice in the Weald policies
Maintain professional development though the Hospice Annual Review process to continuously update and improve knowledge and competencies
Engage in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the area you are working and achieve the required level of competence.
Any other duties that may be reasonably requested.
Strive for excellence always.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).