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Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Hospital Based)


Hours: Part-time (30 hours per week)

Working Hours: Usual service operational hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Hours can be worked flexibly across this timeframe to meet the needs of the service.

Rate of Pay: £27,460.36-£37,201.20 per annum pro-rata (actual salary based on 30 hours per week: £21,968.29-£29,760.96 per annum). Development role considered with salary set to reflect development needs.

The North Devon Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist team has a base both at the hospice and within North Devon District Hospital supporting patients in their own homes and within the hospital wards respectively. We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated, forward thinking first level registered nurse to join our Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist team on a part-time basis to support patients and their families within North Devon District Hospital. You will be employed by North Devon Hospice, but work within North Devon District Hospital liaising with colleagues in the wards to support patients during their in-patient stay and to facilitate discharge back into the community.    

The Supportive and End of Life Team within the hospital consists of 1.6 whole time equivalent Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists (including this role), the End of Life Lead and an End of Life Facilitator, the Consultant In Palliative Medicine and an administrative assistant, (all part-time roles). Working as a team in an advisory capacity alongside colleagues in wards and clinics, our service ensures patients receive timely and high quality end of life and palliative care. 

You will need to have substantial post registration experience. While not essential, practice experience in palliative care or within a related clinical field would be advantageous. You will demonstrate competence in caseload management and be able to work within a team, but without direct supervision. A good understanding of the patient pathway and how services integrate across health and social care settings to meet patient need is essential. You should understand how governance structures support care and be able to demonstrate evidenced based practice.

A willingness to undertake further study is essential. If you are not already a registered prescriber, we will support development at the appropriate stage of your career. For candidates who are not experienced in specialist palliative care there will be a tailored induction and training programme of up to 1 year (based on need) to develop to Band 6 level.

This post is subject to an Enhanced level check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. Transfer of existing NHS Pension Scheme is available. 

If you are interested in working in this very rewarding area of healthcare we would love to hear from you. Informal discussion welcomed, please contact either:

Avril Brock, Specialist Palliative Care Team Lead at North Devon Hospice on 01271 347291


Michelle Cobby, Outreach, EOL and Resuscitation Service Manager, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, 01271 322331

To apply for this position please download an application pack and return your completed application form to: or mark your application "Private and Confidential" and send it to Human Resources Department, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park, Newport, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU.  Alternatively, you can apply via NHS Jobs by searching for job code J181-A-20-45954

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 27th January 2020

Interviews will be held: week commencing 10th February 2020


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