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Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Band 6

Main area
Palliative Care
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-COM3058359
Site
Liverpool Innovations/various sites
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
18/04/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

Responsible for ensuring that our service users’ needs are met through the delivery of high quality care. Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, carry out nursing care based on the principles of individual care programmes/nursing processes in accordance with care pathways.  Have continuing responsibility for the management of a defined caseload and for the continuity of care.  The primary function of the role is to provide proactive, responsive services that address the anticipatory and maintenance care needs of the patients/clients within the defined caseload. AFC This will be done via a holistic assessment of care needs and the provision of clinical care for patients/clients with acute and chronic highly complex needs.   Ensure the delivery of the quality strategy within the designated area incorporating establishment of systems and processes.

Shortlisting is planned for: 19th April 2021

Interviews are planned for:  23rd April 2021

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the completion of holistic assessments of need for the patient and family, which may be highly complex, using the appropriate model of care and evidence based practice. Provide advice to patients, clients and carers on a wide range of health issues to include health promotion, life style advice and health care.

Work as part of the clinical team and wider multidisciplinary team to enable patients/clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission. Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework,  Working in the community as a autonomous practitioner you will have good risk assessment skills and be able to escalate concerns to the appropriate discipline in a timely manner.

Be responsible for informing and supporting the training and delivery of information specific to enhancing skills and knowledge to deliver care to palliative, end of life patients.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload.
  2. Responsible for workload planning and delegation of work to other team members, taking into account competence levels.
  3. Undertake holistic assessments of need for the patient and family, which may be highly complex, using the appropriate model of care and evidence based practice.
  4. Work in partnership with other professionals to enable patients/clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission. Provide advice to patients, clients and carers on a wide range of health issues to include health promotion, life style advice and health care.
  5. Ensure that the team provides a high quality clinical service to its clients by participation in caseload and clinical supervision.
  6. In conjunction with the team leader, develop new ways of working to provide a responsive service to patients with both planned and unplanned care needs.
  7. Develop partnerships and joint working within other agencies as appropriate. Maintain registration in line with professional bodies.
  8. Clinically lead, direct, mentor and support the team.
  9. Support the team leader in the development of caseload management across the local health economy.
  10. Acts as an advocate and champion for patients and/or clients.
  11. Act as a role model to team members and students so that patients/clients receive the most effective care possible.
  12. Contribute to the development of policy and services to reflect the needs of the local neighbourhood population.
  13. Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the clinical team contract/objectives.
  14. Provide information to the team leader on staff and patient/client activity as requested, to enable the effective management of the team.
  15. Support the team leader in the implementation of practice development, improvement and service modernisation initiatives.
  16. Support the team leader by monitoring and recording sickness and absence, capability and other issues within the team, reporting them as soon as possible.
  17. In conjunction with other caseload holders, provide day-to-day supervision and support for the team.
  18. Support the team leader in providing induction to the local working environment, clinical services and policies for new team members and students.
  19. Undertake personal development plans with other members of the team, as delegated by the team leader.
  20. Act as an authorised signatory for mileage and time cards for submission to the team leader.
  21. Communicate with the multi-disciplinary team to provide best outcomes for patients/clients; this may include organising case conferences related to highly complex cases.
  22. Participate in individual and group supervision.
  23. Monitor record keeping within the team and inform the team leader of any issues.
  24. Support the training and development of team members who need to improve on the level of patient care delivery. This includes record keeping and improving clinical competency.
  25. Support the implementation of any initiatives to improve quality within the clinical governance framework.
  26. Participate in patient satisfaction reporting to improve patient care.
  27. Work with the team leader to ensure achievement of your own personal development plan. 28. Maintain up to date knowledge and competence in line with professional and service requirements and demonstrate critical thinking, decision-making and reflective skills to ensure own professional development.
  28. Support the Team Leader in creating an environment in which learning and practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated.
  29. Facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners.
  30. Facilitate pre and post registration student placements within the team. Mentor and assess pre-registration students.
  31. Participation in clinical audits and research, as required.
  32. The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.
  33. The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation.
  34. Participate in individual and group supervision.

All post holders will agree to:

  • Commit to the vision of supporting Mersey Care in becoming a leading organisation in the provision of community services, mental health care, addiction services and learning disability care, and in doing so fully utilise their skills and experience to support the objectives of the Trust.
  • Role model the values of the Trust – Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm and Support– in all activities and interactions with employees, service users and other stakeholders
  • Challenge the stigma associated with mental health and learning difficulties.
  • Comply with the Duty of Candour, defined by Francis as: 'The volunteering of all relevant information to persons who have or may have been harmed by the provision of services, whether or not the information has been requested and whether or not a complaint or a report about that provision has been made.
  • Work across professional and organisational boundaries to improve services for all.
  • Maintain their specific knowledge base and develop new skills.
  • Value the contribution of the patient / service user voice.
  • Operate within any organisational codes of practice or those from a relevant professional body.
  • Respect equality and diversity across all areas of working practice and communications with staff, service users and other stakeholders.
  • Take responsibility for the accurate and timely collection and recording of data and ensuring all personally identifiable information is protected and used only for the purposes for which it was intended.
  • Comply with all health and safety legislation and local policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to all organisational policies.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of technology in the workplace which is sufficient to maintain their efficiency and also how technology can empower service users in a digital environment.
  • Comply with the NHS Constitution in relation to the staff responsibilities that it sets out for NHS employees.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Professional.
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification or equivalent or equivalent work based experience.
Desirable criteria
  • V300 Prescriber, if required for the post.

Experience/Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable post registration/qualification experience.
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working.
  • Demonstrable experience in relevant area of practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses.
  • Awareness of current national and local agenda in health and social care
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Understanding of the principles of care management
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Evidence of being able to communicate complex information and advice on healthcare to Patients/clients, carers and colleagues
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Risk assessment skills
Desirable criteria
  • Management and clinical leadership experience.

Values

Essential criteria
  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Self-management and motivation skills. IT literate
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Barbara Houghton
Job title
Principle Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care
Email address
barbara.houhgton@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07385415887
Additional information

Angela Parle, angela.parle@merseycare.nhs.uk.

Palliative Care 0151 295 3676