Senior Staff Nurse - Nights

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

The closing date is 03 October 2021

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide leadership and effective operational management of the inpatient unit nursing team at Douglas Macmillan Hospice. You'll ensure timely, responsive and high-quality service is maintained and well organised for patients, their families and visitors to the hospice.

You'll provide clinical expertise, staffing co-ordination and be in charge of the inpatient unit in the absence of the Head of IPS and Team Leaders.

Engendering a positive working environment with an emphasis on professionalism, teamwork and co-operation. You'll be responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring high quality standards of care are maintained.

Main duties of the job

The right candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills, a motivation for continual learning and sharing of knowledge, with the drive to ensure our patients receive the highest possible standard of care. You will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team within the In-Patient Unit, where opportunities exist to develop palliative care expertise and undertake funded degree or masters level study after 6 months.

This role will be full time/part time on nights. Please state your preference on your application. Please read the job description (below) for further details.

If you would you like to be part of our friendly, supportive team delivering high standards of specialist palliative care which endeavours to go the extra mile in supporting our patients and their families, then we would love to hear from you.

About us

Dougie Mac is an open-culture organisation, underpinned by clear strategic aims, vision and values. The Hospices many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support ensuring that all are supported as they face death, dying and loss.

By joining, youll be part of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to delivering person-led, responsive and cost effective services of the highest quality. And youll be supported in your role to develop your skills and those of the people you work with. Staff at Dougie Mac are well-motivated, with professional development pathways, and given opportunities to be reflective in their roles through supervision, reflective practice and supportive line management.

The Hospice offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a generous holiday allowance, funded study, free parking, Paycare and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without supervision, and may be required to teach other nursing and non-nursing staff.

Tasks incorporated into the nursing function within the Scope of Professional Practice for the post, must be performed at the determined standard which shall be maintained and monitored.

To implement the Hospice Philosophy of ensuring the optimum quality of life for all patients.

Principle Duties & Responsibilities:

1. To assess patients individual needs.

2. To develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care reporting to senior staff if needed.

3. To provide and maintain a high standard of skilled nursing care.

4. To work within the agreed nursing procedures.

5. To participate in measuring the quality of service provision by the use of audit mechanisms.

6. The post holder will at all times be personally accountable for professional and ethical actions, ensuring compliance with the NMC Code of Conduct; failure to do so will be viewed as a disciplinary matter.

7. To take charge of the In-patient Services in the absence of both the Head of IPS and deputies.

8. To coordinate, supervise and organise work as appropriate for all teams on the IPS, organising skill mix, allocations.

9. To conduct appraisals for staff nurses supporting the senior team.

10. To take a supportive role in incident management alongside the senior IPS team.

11. To ensure the hospice policies and procedures are implemented by all staff on the IPS.

12. To comply with relevant statutory/Department of Health Directives.

13. To promote effective communication with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure total patient care is delivered on the IPS.

14. To identify personal training and educational requirements of self and other staff through appraisals and personal development packs.

15. To participate in continuing education and in-service training in order to maintain an up to date level of professional knowledge and skill.

16. Give sound clinical advice to patients, relatives or healthcare professionals when answering the 24/7 advice line out of hours.

17. To acquire and maintain clinical expertise in symptom management.

18. To contribute towards professional development of the nursing team and demonstrate procedures to new staff through competencies.

19. To participate in health promotion and the prevention of illness.

20. Provide supervision and mentorship to student nurses and other trainee professionals.

21. Participate in service improvement and lead on Inventors in Excellence.

22. To undertake a mentorship programme and remain up to date with current NMC guidelines.

Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:

1. To provide patient centred, enablement focused support to each individual, supporting them to achieve their goals and engage in a treatment/support programme to work towards mutually agreed goals with particular emphasis on adaptation to illness, and developing self-management strategies

2. To work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the needs of patients and carers are identified within a holistic framework, fostering an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation

3. Attend mandatory training on principles and core elements Rehabilitative palliative care

4. Provide evidence of Rehabilitative Palliative Care practice in appraisal, relevant to role & responsibilities

Person Specification



  • -Ability to supervise and organise work and develop programmes of care
  • -Previous experience in palliative/terminal care.
  • -Experience in audit mechanisms.
  • - Experience of co-ordinating the whole unit.
  • -A knowledge of research projects.
  • -Clinical expertise in symptom management to utilise on advice line.

Aptitudes & Attributes, and other job requirements


  • - Have an excellent face to face & telephone manner
  • - Ability to relate to the multi-disciplinary team within the hospice
  • -Use own Initiative
  • -Remain professionally impartial
  • -Ability to motivate others
  • -Ability to liaise effectively with various disciplines from other departments to enable a streamline service.
  • -Diplomacy
  • - Due to the nature of the workplace, a Covid vaccine is necessary for all new starters. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccine status.
  • - Dress in a manner that conforms to accepted formal codes of business dress
  • - Flexible working to meet shift requirements
  • - Able to meet the requirement of the job role
  • - To ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times and information obtained during the course of employment is not released to anyone other than those acting in an official capacity
  • - Teaching commitment.

Skills & Knowledge


  • - IT skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint)
  • -Must be able to communicate well.
  • -Must have good interpersonal skills.
  • -Knowledge of electronic patient records
  • -Ability to integrate into existing established team.
  • -A sound knowledge of palliative / terminal care.



  • RGN
  • Evidence of post-basic education
  • Practice supervisor or assessor


  • Degree in Palliative Care (working towards)

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.

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

Douglas Macmillan Hospice


Barlaston Road




Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Joe Potts


Date posted

14 September 2021

Pay scheme



£32,000 to £36,000 a year + Antisocial Pay



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Barlaston Road




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