Senior Palliative Nurse

Havens Hospice

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Job summary

  • To work as a member of the Community team ensuring a holistic package of care is provided to patients and families within their own home
  • Enhance independence and quality of life and support provision of a variety of therapies, practical and emotional support to patients and their carers
  • Ensure that the highest possible standards of specialist and supportive palliative nursing care are delivered to patients, responding to changing circumstances and demands.
  • Establish effective working relationships with primary health care teams and other care providers

To work as part of a team to support Havens Hospices.

Main duties of the job

· Competent to work alone or as part of the team with patients and their families in the home environment, under the guidance of the community sister.

· Willingness to work days, evenings, weekends to provide adequate cover for the patients and families. (Possibility of working some nights)

  • Manage Community Nurses and Community Carers during shift to enable patients care needs are met.

· To be responsible for assessing the needs of patients, implementing and evaluating the care provided. Plan and review care provided to patients on a daily basis.

· Demonstrates a good understanding of NHS continuing health care assessments and supports the Havens Managed care service with assessments, reviews, attendance at MDT meetings to continue to develop the service

About us

The successful applicant will be a Hospice employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable people and carers, they may certainly come into contact with those who are caring for vulnerable people and or their carers. It is necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our entire community. In order to comply with our duty of care, Havens Hospices require all our staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless a medical evidenced exemption applies.

In return for your expertise and passion, you will receive a competitive salary package and most of all, by making the most of every day you work at Havens Hospices you’ll be helping us continue ‘Making every day count’ for those who need us most.

Date posted

09 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£32,305 to £39,026 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number

B0402-22-4528

Job locations

Daws Heath Road

Hadleigh

Benfleet

Essex

SS7 2LH


Job description

Job responsibilities

The following list is not exhaustive and is intended only to indicate the range of activities that the post holder will be required to undertake. Further duties and responsibilities may be added as identified from time to time and it is expected that the post-holder will accept all reasonable requirements and developments of the job

Provision of care

· Competent to work alone or as part of the team with patients and their families in the home environment, under the guidance of the community sister.

· Willingness to work days, evenings, weekends to provide adequate cover for the patients and families. (Possibility of working some nights)

· Manage Community Nurses and Community Carers during shift to enable patients care needs are met.

· To be responsible for assessing the needs of patients, implementing and evaluating the care provided. Plan and review care provided to patients on a daily basis.

· Demonstrates a good understanding of NHS continuing health care assessments and supports the Havens Managed care service with assessments, reviews, attendance at MDT meetings to continue to develop the service.

· Contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of interventions and treatments with Community sister and palliative care nurses/consultant

· Has an in-depth knowledge of symptoms and anticipates changes

· To ensure that, as far as possible, family and / or carers are included in the care provided.

· To liaise with other professionals working within the primary and secondary care settings, regarding patient care when required.

· Uphold confidentiality at all times.

· Liaise with Havens Chaplain/members of the Chaplaincy team supporting the spiritual care of patients.

· To ensure complete security of drugs and administer them safely in accordance with regulations.

· At all times to act as the advocate for the patient.

· To provide support for families and other carers, prior to and following a death, involving other agencies or disciplines when appropriate.

· Participate in the education of other professional and non professional staff in conjunction with the education department.

· Be prepared to mentor students from educational establishments on clinical placements in conjunction with the education department.

Staff Responsibility

· To assist the Community Sister in leading and developing the staff in the community team, encouraging effective communication, setting objectives and helping to foster a positive team spirit through regular team meetings.

· In the absence of the Community Sister to ensure that the caseload is adequately staffed at all times, including days off, and holidays in order to maintain levels of service and ensure cover for own holiday periods.

· In association with the Community Sister and Head of Community services, recruit, train, support and coordinate the work of the staff in accordance with Havens Hospices policies and procedures

· Conduct appraisals and performance reviews as and when required

· To be responsible for the day to day health & safety and welfare of staff, patients and families.

· To ensure that staff are adequately trained to enable them to fulfil their duties effectively

Team / Organisational Work

  • To foster a ‘can do’ culture by actively seeking solutions to problems and being reactive to provide a responsive service to patients and families
  • To foster a good working relationship with all Trustees, Executive and department staff with whom the job interacts
  • To be responsible for conforming to the policies and procedures as set out in the staff handbook, including health & safety requirements and attending courses as directed
  • To attend staff meetings as required

Administration

  • To take responsibility, with other team members, for the smooth running of the community team
  • To maintain accurate records on systmOne and records in the patients home
  • To take part in any audit of care services.

Communication

  • To foster good relationships between all Fair Havens departments and with professional and lay people having contact with the organisation.
  • To give to other members of staff, as well as receive from them, mutual support as needed.
  • To communicate in a positive and effective way with other professionals in order to implement and evaluate care plans.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with other statutory and voluntary agencies, ensuring continuity of patient/family support.
  • To represent the community team at the daily referrals, MDT, managed care MDT when requested.

Personal Development

  • To participate in annual appraisals
  • Adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • To identify own on-going educational needs and discuss with your line manager to achieve those development needs
  • To be prepared to develop skills and competencies that are required to meet the demands of the role as it evolves over time period
  • To always conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • To carry out all aspects of your role positively and with enthusiasm

Summary of Other Responsibilities & Duties

  • To actively follow the organisation’s policies and procedures, particularly in relation to Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Finance.
  • To attend staff meetings and training as required.
  • To be prepared to develop skills and competencies to meet the demands of the role as it naturally evolves over time

Job description

Job responsibilities

The following list is not exhaustive and is intended only to indicate the range of activities that the post holder will be required to undertake. Further duties and responsibilities may be added as identified from time to time and it is expected that the post-holder will accept all reasonable requirements and developments of the job

Provision of care

· Competent to work alone or as part of the team with patients and their families in the home environment, under the guidance of the community sister.

· Willingness to work days, evenings, weekends to provide adequate cover for the patients and families. (Possibility of working some nights)

· Manage Community Nurses and Community Carers during shift to enable patients care needs are met.

· To be responsible for assessing the needs of patients, implementing and evaluating the care provided. Plan and review care provided to patients on a daily basis.

· Demonstrates a good understanding of NHS continuing health care assessments and supports the Havens Managed care service with assessments, reviews, attendance at MDT meetings to continue to develop the service.

· Contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of interventions and treatments with Community sister and palliative care nurses/consultant

· Has an in-depth knowledge of symptoms and anticipates changes

· To ensure that, as far as possible, family and / or carers are included in the care provided.

· To liaise with other professionals working within the primary and secondary care settings, regarding patient care when required.

· Uphold confidentiality at all times.

· Liaise with Havens Chaplain/members of the Chaplaincy team supporting the spiritual care of patients.

· To ensure complete security of drugs and administer them safely in accordance with regulations.

· At all times to act as the advocate for the patient.

· To provide support for families and other carers, prior to and following a death, involving other agencies or disciplines when appropriate.

· Participate in the education of other professional and non professional staff in conjunction with the education department.

· Be prepared to mentor students from educational establishments on clinical placements in conjunction with the education department.

Staff Responsibility

· To assist the Community Sister in leading and developing the staff in the community team, encouraging effective communication, setting objectives and helping to foster a positive team spirit through regular team meetings.

· In the absence of the Community Sister to ensure that the caseload is adequately staffed at all times, including days off, and holidays in order to maintain levels of service and ensure cover for own holiday periods.

· In association with the Community Sister and Head of Community services, recruit, train, support and coordinate the work of the staff in accordance with Havens Hospices policies and procedures

· Conduct appraisals and performance reviews as and when required

· To be responsible for the day to day health & safety and welfare of staff, patients and families.

· To ensure that staff are adequately trained to enable them to fulfil their duties effectively

Team / Organisational Work

  • To foster a ‘can do’ culture by actively seeking solutions to problems and being reactive to provide a responsive service to patients and families
  • To foster a good working relationship with all Trustees, Executive and department staff with whom the job interacts
  • To be responsible for conforming to the policies and procedures as set out in the staff handbook, including health & safety requirements and attending courses as directed
  • To attend staff meetings as required

Administration

  • To take responsibility, with other team members, for the smooth running of the community team
  • To maintain accurate records on systmOne and records in the patients home
  • To take part in any audit of care services.

Communication

  • To foster good relationships between all Fair Havens departments and with professional and lay people having contact with the organisation.
  • To give to other members of staff, as well as receive from them, mutual support as needed.
  • To communicate in a positive and effective way with other professionals in order to implement and evaluate care plans.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with other statutory and voluntary agencies, ensuring continuity of patient/family support.
  • To represent the community team at the daily referrals, MDT, managed care MDT when requested.

Personal Development

  • To participate in annual appraisals
  • Adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • To identify own on-going educational needs and discuss with your line manager to achieve those development needs
  • To be prepared to develop skills and competencies that are required to meet the demands of the role as it evolves over time period
  • To always conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • To carry out all aspects of your role positively and with enthusiasm

Summary of Other Responsibilities & Duties

  • To actively follow the organisation’s policies and procedures, particularly in relation to Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Finance.
  • To attend staff meetings and training as required.
  • To be prepared to develop skills and competencies to meet the demands of the role as it naturally evolves over time

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • GCSE level or equivalent in Maths and English
  • Current NMC pin number (registered nurse)
  • Relevant post registration experience at Band 6 or above in Palliative Care, cancer care and/or within the community
  • Intermediate keyboard and IT skills, working with Word, Excel and outlook, powerpoint
  • Numeracy skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and diplomatically with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work on own initiative and work effectively within a team
  • Ability to multi task and manage a busy and varied workload, working methodically and paying attention to detail
  • Excellent judgement and good decision making skills
  • Friendly, caring attitude towards people
  • Committed to maintaining confidentiality
  • Committed to and/or respectful of Havens Christian ethos and care philosophy
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities
  • Enthusiasm
  • Can do attitude
  • Able to work flexible shift pattern which will include days/nights and weekends
  • Car owner / driver or have access to own transport

Desirable

  • Degree level study
  • Experience of working in the Charity sector
  • Experience of working with Volunteers
  • MIPS or equivalent qualification
  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Phlebotomy and Cannulation skills
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • GCSE level or equivalent in Maths and English
  • Current NMC pin number (registered nurse)
  • Relevant post registration experience at Band 6 or above in Palliative Care, cancer care and/or within the community
  • Intermediate keyboard and IT skills, working with Word, Excel and outlook, powerpoint
  • Numeracy skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and diplomatically with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work on own initiative and work effectively within a team
  • Ability to multi task and manage a busy and varied workload, working methodically and paying attention to detail
  • Excellent judgement and good decision making skills
  • Friendly, caring attitude towards people
  • Committed to maintaining confidentiality
  • Committed to and/or respectful of Havens Christian ethos and care philosophy
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities
  • Enthusiasm
  • Can do attitude
  • Able to work flexible shift pattern which will include days/nights and weekends
  • Car owner / driver or have access to own transport

Desirable

  • Degree level study
  • Experience of working in the Charity sector
  • Experience of working with Volunteers
  • MIPS or equivalent qualification
  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Phlebotomy and Cannulation skills

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).

Additional information

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

Havens Hospice

Address

Daws Heath Road

Hadleigh

Benfleet

Essex

SS7 2LH


Employer's website

https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Havens Hospice

Address

Daws Heath Road

Hadleigh

Benfleet

Essex

SS7 2LH


Employer's website

https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Date posted

09 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£32,305 to £39,026 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number

B0402-22-4528

Job locations

Daws Heath Road

Hadleigh

Benfleet

Essex

SS7 2LH