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Staff Nurse

Staff Nurse

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Salary: Hospice Band 5.3, £28,243.96 (pro rata for part time hours)

Hours: Full or Part time hours available

Duration of Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 09.00am, Monday 18th October 2021

For an informal discussion or further information please contact:  Deborah King Team Leader on 01723 351421.

Job Purpose

  1. To maintain a high standard of palliative nursing care and to develop clinical expertise in symptom control.
  2. To provide a high level of nursing care across both In-Patient Unit and Hospice @ Home.
  3. To work flexibly, across both our In- Patient Unit and Hospice @ Home to ensure effective service delivery in all areas.
  4. Supervise, teach and develop junior staff and contribute to the development of Patient Services.

Essential Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  1. Plan and evaluate all care given to an identified group of patients as part of a team.
  2. To supervise and deliver individualised, high quality care as part of a team to patients and their families, loved ones and carers as appropriate.
  3. To demonstrate a positive and realistic attitude towards people facing a life limiting illness, ensuring that physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs are met.
  4. To assess the educational needs of the patient and family to ensure optimum understanding of nursing care and likely outcomes.
  5. To co-ordinate and plan transfer or discharge arrangements in liaison with the multi-disciplinary team and community services.
  6. To ensure good communication is maintained within the multi-disciplinary team, both within the Hospice and the community.
  7. To take responsibility for the safe custody, ordering and administration of drugs in accordance with Hospice policy, procedures, guidelines and the law.  To report any error without delay.
  8. To maintain up to date accurate and concise paper and computerised patient records of all care given in accordance with Hospice policy, procedures, guidelines and NMC guidelines.
  9. To comply with all aspects of the Nursing and Midwifery Council code of professional conduct, including registration.


  1. To take charge of a nursing shift, organising staff and activities as necessary to meet patient needs.
  2. To communicate information on patient care and related matters to members of the multi-disciplinary teams involved with each patient.
  3. To supervise and monitor the performance of junior staff.
  4. To be aware of allocated resources and contribute to effective budgetary control.
  5. To assist in ensuring that all equipment is clean and tidy, safe and maintained in good working order.
  6. To adhere to all infection, prevention and control procedures.
  7. To monitor and record any complaints from patients, visitors and staff, reporting these to the team leaders.
  8. To manage incidents and comply with Hospice Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.


  1. To act as mentor for students and newly-appointed staff.
  2. To participate in the professional development of the nursing team.
  3. To participate in the educational programme based at the hospice.
  4. To be prepared to participate in Hospice-based education/audit & research.
  5. To keep professionally updated, both in palliative care and nursing developments.
  6. To participate in and review written appraisal of progress with senior members of the nursing team.
  7. To keep updated with all mandatory training requirements annually and as required.

General responsibilities

  1. To understand and adhere to strict confidentiality and information governance practices.
  2. Work within organisational policies, procedures and guidelines.
  3. Utilise computers and software technology as required.
  4. Attend training as required to ensure competent delivery of role.
  5. Undertake any other duties required by the Hospice management that are commensurate with the post.
  6. Whilst you will be allocated a principal place of work, you will take part in internal rotation between nursing departments in both the Community and In Care settings.

Standard Hospice Duties and Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each member of staff to maintain confidentiality at all times.

Staff must be aware of and adhere to the provisions of the Health & Safety at Work Act to ensure their own safety and the safety of colleagues and patients. Staff must also be aware of the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must attend advanced training annually.

Staff must attend mandatory training relevant to the role as required or confirmed as the Line Manager.

This job description reflects the immediate requirements and objectives of the post, it is not an exhaustive list of duties, but gives a general indication of work which will need to be undertaken and which may vary in detail in the light of changing demands and priorities, and may be reviewed at any time. Substantive changes will be carried out in consultation with the post holder.

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