Clinical Nurse Specialist

St Helena Hospice

The closing date is 25 June 2021

Job overview

Are you a registered nurse looking for a new challenge? Are you passionate and enthusiastic about providing excellent palliative care?

St Helena hospice have an exciting new opportunity for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Hospice in the Home team.

You will be working as part of a team to provide high standards of specialist palliative care to patients and their relatives.

Main duties of the job

  • Deliver specialist palliative care, support and advice to patients and their carers, suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses in any setting.

  • Hold a small caseload of patients and families with complex needs, acting as keyworker.

  • Be an authoritative expert assessor of patients and families with complex palliative care needs in any setting.

  • Provide specialist palliative advice and education/training to other healthcare professionals within and outside St Helena and promote evidence- based practice.

  • Provide line management support to identified Registered Nurses in Hospice in the Home.

  • To work across all St Helena settings, but primarily in the community.

  • Lead on research and audit in specialist palliative nursing.

  • Act as an educational resource for staff within and outside St Helena

About us

Please note that a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check will be undertaken as part of our pre-employment screening for the successful candidate.

St Helena provides a friendly, supportive and positive working environment across all our sites and diverse teams. We are an ambitious organisation determined to make a difference to local people across North Essex who face incurable illness and bereavement. That means working with us is a demanding but hugely fulfilling experience.

In addition to a lovely work environment we currently offer the following discretionary benefits:

Competitive salaries and holiday allowance

We invest in you, providing a wide range of training and development opportunities

Free parking

Employee Assistance Programme

All of our staff, whatever their role, share a common goal: to be here every step of the way for everyone who needs us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

KEY PRIORITIES

  • Deliver specialist palliative care, support and advice to patients and their carers, suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses in any setting.

  • Hold a small caseload of patients and families with complex needs, acting as keyworker.

  • Be an authoritative expert assessor of patients and families with complex palliative care needs in any setting.

  • Provide specialist palliative advice and education/training to other healthcare professionals within and outside St Helena and promote evidence- based practice.

  • Provide line management support to identified Registered Nurses in Hospice in the Home.

  • To work across all St Helena settings, but primarily in the community.

  • Lead on research and audit in specialist palliative nursing.

  • Act as an educational resource for staff within and outside St Helena

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical (no less than 60% of the time)

  • Directly identify and assess the more complex physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and families and implement a specialist palliative programme of care.

  • Hold a small caseload of patients and families with complex needs, acting as keyworker.

  • Be able to back up clinical decision- making with advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and communicate this effectively.

  • Independently review and prescribe complex treatment interventions to patients in all St Helena settings, including non- medical prescribing.

  • Use advanced communication skills in delivering highly emotive information clearly, sensitively and unambiguously with staff, patients, families and professionals by face to face, telephone and/or electronic means. This may be where there are barriers to understanding.

  • Demonstrate competence through East of England e-learning programme, in DNACPR discussions and decisions pertaining to resuscitation with patients and families.

  • Provide skilled and expert palliative nursing interventions, working closely with medical and other colleagues to ensure a coordinated and effective service across boundaries of inpatient, community and outpatients and across professionals.

  • Make rapid judgements involving highly complex facts or situations where there is no existent guidance and supporting clinicians to make sound decisions around palliative and end of life care.

  • Develop meaningful relationships with patients and carers, offering empathy and sensitivity throughout their illness experience.

  • Maintain and develop working relationships with community and hospital colleagues ensuring effective communication so enhancing patient care

  • Ensure you follow all policies and procedures in relation to prevention and infection control

Education and Research

  • Lead and participate in research, integrating research based evidence in all aspects of specialist palliative care into clinical practice

  • Support and participate, both formally and informally, educational programme

  • To ensure that one acts as a specialist palliative care role model and provides clinical supervision to registered nurses as required.

  • Contribute to the St Helena audit programme, taking a lead role in specialist palliative nursing audits.

  • Be responsible for mentoring student nurses in training.

  • Take responsibility for own professional development, incorporating current innovations within the field of specialist palliative and end of life care and nursing

Professional Leadership, Management and Consultancy

  • Demonstrate transformational and inspirational leadership which promotes best practice and effects sustained change and enhances nursing care, working closely with the Head of Clinical Operations and Director of Care.
  • Perform as line manager to identified Registered Nurses in Hospice in the Home, to include providing supervision, undertaking staff development reviews, managing sickness absence.

  • Keep abreast of national policy on palliative and end of life nursing strategy to use as a framework for practice development.

  • Demonstrate strategic decision- making and influencing skills, in both forming and translating policy which is of relevance to palliative and end of life care.

  • Contribute to the extension of palliative and end of life care to patients with conditions other than cancer

  • Act as an expert resource for staff within and outside the St Helena

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Significant post registration experience including proven palliative care / Oncology experience at a Band 7 or above, or equivalent level
  • Ability to work alone in the community setting, managing complex, challenging and unpredictable situations, problem solving, without judgement.
  • Competence and confidence to initiate and maintain specialist care to the dying person and their families/carers in their own home.
  • Previous experience of developing and implementing policies and procedures

Desirable

  • Oncology Experience

Qualifications

Essential

  • First level registered nurse
  • Possession of first degree in palliative care.
  • First degree, followed by Masters degree or relevant proven experience at a Band 7 or above, or equivalent level together with additional theoretical knowledge acquisition.
  • Evidence of/commitment to
  • study at masters level
  • Relevant mentorship qualification

Desirable

  • Supervision qualification
  • Non- Medical Prescribing
  • Oncology Qualification
  • Counselling qualification

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

St Helena Hospice

Address

Myland Hall

Barncroft Close

Colchester

Essex

CO4 9JU


Employer's website

https://www.sthelena.org.uk/

Date posted

10 June 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£35,700 to £37,733 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

B0423-21-5211

Job locations

Myland Hall

Barncroft Close

Colchester

Essex

CO4 9JU


Supporting documents

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NCoombes@sthelena.org.uk

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