Associate Specialist Nurse - Enhanced Beds

We are delighted to offer a Band 6 Associate Nurse Specialist within the Enhanced Nursing Home Beds service.

Based within the Dept of Palliative Medicine at Royal Derby Hospital, the Enhanced Nursing Home Beds for Palliative Care aim to offer people at home who are approaching the end of their lives an alternative to hospital admission in the event of a crisis. To do this the service is able to access a number of beds provided in nursing homes across Southern Derbyshire. These beds are managed by the home with support from the team in order to resolve the crisis, help the person plan for their future care and deliver end of life care when appropriate.

This service began in 2013 and has developed over the last four years to provide more beds, and support an increasing number of people at the end of their lives. The current team consists of a band 7 team leader and three band 6 Associate Nurse Specialists and is supported by a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and benefits from the support of the community palliative care team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team as the service continues to evolve to support more homes and provide additional support including training and education.

Supported by the team leader, this post will respond to referrals for patients in crisis where hospitalisation is undesirable. You will undertake a full assessment of the needs of the person and those important to them, make judgement of the appropriateness of admission and working with a designated nursing home, provide safe admissions and specialist support for the patient throughout their stay. The post holder will also be responsible for communicating across different care providers in order to support safe discharge should this be desired when crisis has resolved.

As well as supporting the patient and those important to them, the post holder will also provide support and education to the nursing home including symptom advice and management of the care of the dying person. In this way, the service aims to contribute to the improvement of skills and the quality of end of life care in nursing and residential home environments.

You will demonstrate excellent communication skills including negotiation and advocacy, should have a good breadth of symptom control knowledge and work well in a pressured environment. You should be confident in role modelling and supporting other members of staff. In return you will join an innovative and forward thinking service, with an excellent opportunity to develop your specialist knowledge and make a real contribution to patient care.

The ability to drive to various locations is essential. We would welcome applications from allied health professionals who can fulfill the person specification, as well as from registered nurses.

In return we will offer:

  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development, together with an opportunity to work across some or all of our 5 sites depending on specialty
  • Support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond
  • Friendly, supportive and caring colleagues
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing Date: 2 August 2020

Interview Date:14 August 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the Governments guidance on social distancing your interview may be carried out via Microsoft Teams. If this is the case you will be notified in advance so that if you don’t have the app you can download it either on to your phone or computer/laptop. The download is free of charge. Where your interview is face to face, the Trust will ensure social distancing. You will be required to wear a mask on all UHDB premises. If you have Covid-19 related symptoms or are shielding and have been invited for a face to face interview please request a Microsoft Teams interview.

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For further details / informal visits contact:

Caroline McCluskey -


Claire Shaw -

Reference: 40645593

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