Palliative Care Nurse Specialist

Southport, Merseyside
£32,972 - £43,470 pro rata
29 Oct 2018
18 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Palliative Care Nurse Specialist

£32,972 - £43,470 pro rata (dependant on experience)

Permanent, Full Time

Queenscourt Hospice, a local charity providing specialist and supportive palliative care services for people of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.  Our philosophy of care is ‘life is for living’ and that quality of life is paramount for those whose life may be shorter than otherwise expected.

The Palliative Care Nurse Specialist (PCNS) is a first level nurse with specialist skills in the care of the individual with specialist palliative care needs. The principal responsibility is delivery of specialist palliative care advice to staff, patients and carers, both on an individual basis and as part of a team, to facilitate the palliative and end of life care agenda as part of a seven day a week service. This may be done through provision of specialist assessment, advice on pain and symptom control, education, the effective use of communication skills, including discussing place of care and advance care planning.

In the Community the PCNS will be attached to and work closely with a group of General Practices and District Nursing Teams, as a specialist support for patients, families and staff caring for patients with specialist palliative care needs. In hospital, the PCNS will work with hospital colleagues to provide a specialist palliative care advisory service within the acute environment

The main relationships of the PCNS will be with patients and carers, hospice, hospital and community services, GPs, community matrons, district nurses, practice nurses, managers, matrons, voluntary agencies, social care agencies and integrated care networks. The PCNS will establish links with all the services and voluntary agencies.

You will be a first level RGN with five years post registration experience; Educated to degree level with Advanced Communication Skills training; Previous experience in a managerial role and senior level experience of working with cancer or palliative care patients along with educational/teaching experience.

You will also possess a V300 Non-Medical Prescribing qualification; Post-Graduate Palliative Care Qualification; An educational/teaching qualification (stand alone or as part of a degree) and clinical examination skills.

This post is equivalent to a Band 7 Specialist Nurse in the NHS. Dependant on response from this advert, we may consider a Band 6 Development Post.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday, 18th November 2018


We offer:

  • We support NHS pension scheme for those with eligibility
  • Working in a modern, bright and welcoming environment
  • Free on-site parking and subsidised meals
  • Staff receive excellent support and supervision from our clinical management team
  • We mirror the NHS Agenda for Change payscales and previous NHS service will be honoured in respect of pay
  • Excellent training and development opportunities, including support to undertake professional qualifications for academic study