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Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Job Description

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country. Providing mental health and community services across north east London and Essex, we are committed to making the most of opportunities to work across traditional healthcare boundaries to bring real benefits to our patients and service users.

Our core aim is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. We work closely with other organisations and are continuously looking to develop innovative, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services that support people out of hospital where possible.

With an annual budget of more than £300million, we provide care and treatment for a population of almost 15 million people in their own homes, in health centres and in hospital. We employ around 6000 staff.

The extensive range of specialist services we provide means that it is possible to get a variety of different working experiences within the same organisation.

NELFT recognises its responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protecting them from the risk of harm. We expect all staff to undertake this commitment and applicants will be subject to recruitment processes that support this.

The Redbridge Specialist Palliative Care Team is a progressive and well established multidisciplinary team providing palliative/end of life care in the community. The service is based at Hainault Health Centre in Chigwell. We are redesigning our service to include provision of access 9am-5pm, 7 days a week in line with national recommendations. This development is in partnership with St Francis Hospice who provide 24/7 access to an advice line and Hospice at Home.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of expertise in palliative care to act as a specialist resource, liaise with a wide range of professionals and enable others to develop excellent palliative/end of life care skills.
The role requires an ability to work both autonomously and as part of the multidisciplinary team.
Alongside post-registration experience at Band 6, candidates need demonstrable experience working in a palliative care setting or equivalent, additionally a qualification in palliative/end of life care and holding or working towards a degree.
The role requires the candidate to be resourceful and possess excellent communication and counselling skills with an enthusiastic and proactive approach to education and training.

Essential criteria are :-
• Holding or working towards a degree in palliative care (or equivalent)
• Significant experience working at a senior level (band 6 and above)
• Advanced skills in diagnosing and managing complex symptoms.
• A range of skills in communication and teaching.

The main responsibilities of the post are:
• To be a resource for advice and consultancy to empower other professionals in caring for patients with advanced, life limiting disease.
• Working autonomously to provide holistic assessment and management for patients with complex problems, and their families, supporting them to make choices about their care and enhancing their quality of life.
• Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Participating with training and sharing knowledge across a range of professionals to facilitate the provision of high quality palliative and end of life care in NELFT.

Probationary Period
This post will be subject to a six months probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

As minimum criteria all staff employed by the Trust should have a basic competency for numeracy and literacy equivalent to NVQ level 2. If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be required to sit for an Assessment.

High Cost Area Supplement- London
This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,518 and a maximum payment of £4,483 per annum).

For further details / informal visits contact:
Name: Linda Crisp
Job Title: Lead Nurse Redbridge Specialist Palliative Care Team
Telephone number: ( Phone number removed ) /3396 or mobile  ( Phone number removed ) 
e-mail address:( Email address removed )

All our recruitment is carried out through our recruitment system You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

NELFT has signed the skills pledge and is an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer a range of opportunities which include monthly supervision, annual appraisal and a wide range of training options.

We offer a range of NHS benefits including flexible working, NHS Pension Scheme, Childcare Voucher and car scheme. To improve the working lives of our staff we are committed in helping them achieve a healthy balance between work and home life and offer a range of initiatives to help staff achieve this.

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

NELFT operates a no smoking policy.

Should you wish to claim for travel, accommodation, or any other costs incurred with attending a job interview you will need to agree this in advance of the interview with the recruiting manager.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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