Hospiscare Registered Nurse



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Job summary

As a Registered Nurse on our IPU, you will work alongside other professionals in the multidisciplinary team to deliver an excellent standard of evidence based specialist palliative care and clinical advice.

You will have experience of caring for patients with life-limiting conditions, including assessing, planning and evaluating treatment and nursing care plans. Ideally you will also have post registration palliative care (or similar) and teaching and mentorship/supervision qualifications. You will be able to prioritise workload and manage your time effectively, working equally well autonomously when required or as part of the team.

Main duties of the job

In return you will be joining a clinical employer of choice in the region, receive a competitive salary and range of benefits including Employee Assistance Programme, free parking at Searle House, recognition of your NHS service for holiday entitlement, continuation of NHS pension, great opportunities for further career development, and where appropriate relocation assistance.

About us

Do you believe that every day matters? We do and not just for our patients. We believe our employees should enjoy coming to work. That means creating a positive working environment and rewarding staff with competitive pay, generous holiday entitlement and a wide range of benefits. If youd like to work for an outstanding charity, the first step is to apply

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description


Job Title: Registered Nurse

Band: 5

Location: Searle House, Exeter

Hours: 37.5/week, 5 days over 7 including rotation to nights

Team/Directorate: Inpatient Unit

Responsible To: Ward Managers

Responsible For: N/A

Accountable to: Chief Nurse


To deliver an excellent standard of evidence based specialist palliative nursing care and clinical advice.

To promote dignity, encompassing a person centred approach, to positively enhance the lives of patients with complex life limiting illnesses.


3.1 Main Responsibilities

· Contribute to the assessment and review of patients, prioritising needs and working as a member of the Inpatient Unit (IPU) team to ensure effective communication is in place to support patient care.

· Develop advanced communication skills and professionalism in your interactions with patients and those close to them, carers and other professionals in order to promote and maintain Hospiscare values.

· Attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary, complex care and Gold Standards Framework (GSF) or End of Life meetings to promote best practice.

· Develop knowledge and skills to be able to contribute in the delivery of education and learning for all those involved in palliative/end of life care, in order to act as a resource to wider professional and care teams both internally and externally.

· Contribute to Hospiscare’s clinical governance and audit process in order to support continuing quality improvement and learning.

· Develop advanced skills in identifying and assessing complex bereavement and communicate effectively with the Supportive Care team in order to enable a seamless handover into Hospiscare’s Bereavement Care Services.

· Co-ordinate junior colleagues and take responsibility for the team in the absence of the Ward Manager or Senior Registered Nurse to ensure continuity of service and welfare of patients.

· Assist with the planning and implementation of discharges to help patients achieve their preferred place of care.

Infection Prevention and Control

Maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors and employees is everyone’s responsibility. All staff are required to adhere to Hospiscare’s Infection Prevention and Control Policy and make every effort to maintain high standards of infection prevention and control at all times. This includes ensuring personal and team compliance with all relevant policies and procedures, and acting upon or reporting any identified risks.

3.2 Key Contacts


· IPU team

· Ward Managers

· Community teams · Medical team· Supportive Care Services

· Clinical Governance

· Clinical Administration

· Reception and Front of House team

· Estates/Catering team

· Learning and Development team

· People team

· Student Nurses and Trainees


· Patients and those close to them

· Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust

· NHS Community Services

· General Practitioners

· Residential and Nursing Homes

· Social and Domiciliary Care Workers

· Providers of out-of-hours services

3.3 Health & Safety

· Ensure that Health and Safety guidelines and fire regulations are strictly adhered to

· Comply with safe working practices as defined by Hospiscare

· Complete online training as and when required

· Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by acts or omissions at work

· Report any accidents, incidents or near misses as soon as reasonably practicable

· Manage own work life balance and general wellbeing, including any relevant pressures in respect of lone working, travel, difficult environments and challenging situations

3.4 General

· Be aware of and adhere to Hospiscare policies and procedures at all times

· Take part in progress/performance reviews throughout the year

· Cooperate with other Hospiscare departments

· Attend training courses and complete online training modules as required to meet the requirements of the post

· Take responsibility for own personal development, seeking out opportunities to learn new skills

· Undertake any other duties as requested by management which are reasonably deemed to be within the scope of the role

3.5 Other

· Apply the Hospiscare values and behaviours to every aspect of the role at all times

Promote and maintain the brand standards of Hospiscare

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with current Nursing and Midwifery Council registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Post registration palliative care module or equivalent
  • Teaching and mentorship/supervision qualification
  • Verification of Death



  • Demonstrable experience of assessing, planning and evaluating treatment and nursing care plans
  • Demonstrable experience of caring for patients with life-limiting conditions


  • Experience of management of syringe drivers
  • Experience of multi-agency partnership
  • Experience of End of Life care setting
  • Experience of working within a palliative care setting.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.
  • Experience of working with learners e.g. student nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates



  • Understanding of the complexities of working with individuals at times of distress and conflict.
  • Knowledge of theoretical nursing models and their impact on delivery of care


  • Understanding of key issues relating to End of Life care including policy developments



  • Developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Developed IT skills


  • Ability to assist with delivery of formal/informal education and teaching programmes

Personal attributes


  • Ability to work as part of a team, prioritise workload and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously and act on own initiative
  • Flexible and adaptable with the ability to respond positively in a rapidly changing environment
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Awareness of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all aspects of work

Additional requirements


  • Able to participate in the 7 day/week 24 hour rota, including rotation to nights
  • Able to fulfil physical and manual handling aspects of the role


  • Able and willing to work at different Hospiscare locations on occasion if required

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name



Searle House

Dryden Road




Employer's website

https://www.hospiscare.co.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Date posted

14 January 2022

Pay scheme



£24,698 to £30,670 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Searle House

Dryden Road




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