Head of Community Nursing - Palliative Care

Head of Community Nursing - Palliative Care

Job Title: Head of Community Nursing - Palliative Care
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hastings, East Sussex
Salary: £42000 - £45000 per annum
Reference: T2JR/1375304
Contact Name: Sammons Group
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Job Published: July 04, 2019 02:13

Job Description

Our client who specialises in palliative care is currently looking for Head of Community Nursing to provide senior clinical leadership and operational management to the community nursing team, ensuring the highest quality nursing provision that is safe, caring, responsive, effective and well-led. This is typically a Monday-Friday role and predominately a 9-5 role. Job description available upon request.

Leadership and management:

  • Provide inspiring and effective nurse leadership to drive continuous improvement in line with strategic priorities and act as a role model for nursing, promoting and demonstrating the standards of care and behaviours expected.
  • Manage community nursing services on a day to day basis ensuring the provision of specialist palliative care expertise based on knowledge, experience and research.
  • To be responsible for, and influence the assessment, planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of evidence based nursing care within the community encouraging multidisciplinary team working.
  • Analyse, monitor and evaluate standards of care and facilitate remedial action when necessary.
  • Provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence which inspires, motivates and empowers nurses.
  • Determine and implement the correct community nursing skill mix required to ensure safe, caring, responsive, effective and well-led care.
  • Participate in the creation and implementation of both strategic and operational service developments by collaborating with other departments/leaders.
  • Provide effective and supportive line management to direct reports, addressing issues of concern in a timely manner whilst demonstrating and influencing good management practices.
  • Promote and maintain effective liaison, communication and collaboration with all of the hospice multidisciplinary team and external agencies.
  • Be an effective agent of change by responding to, introducing and managing change effectively.
  • Contribute to, influence and enhance the total patient experience through collaborative working and effective communications with all members of the multi-disciplinary team throughout and external
  • Work with the finance team to develop expenditure budgets on an annual basis and then operate and manage the service within an agreed budget.
  • Liaise with the appropriate providers of all clinical supplies and equipment ensuring adequate provision is made for patient care
  • Work with the voluntary services team to ensure the appropriate role development and use of volunteers in the community.
  • Ensure that the Community Team works within a culture of creating opportunities for both formal and informal user feedback and involvement on a regular basis. Ensure any feedback, concerns and complaints from patients, their relatives or others acting on their behalf are reported and assist with the investigation as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Wellbeing to integrate rehabilitative and enabling approach to palliative care
  • Participate in on-call duty rotas providing advice and support to other
  • Establish good working relationships with external health and social care providers to promote seamlessness across and within services for patients and their families.
  • Lead on community nursing based initiatives and represent the nursing perspective in community service developments.
  • Take the lead in developing appropriate patient and clinical information about the service including in electronic formats.


  • Practice within the Legal and Ethical framework, as established by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and national legislation, to ensure patient interests, safety and well-being are met.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the In-Patient Unit Nurse Manager and Rehabilitation Lead ensuring seamless patient care throughout all services.
  • Ensure holistic care plans are developed and clearly documented.
  • Ensure comprehensive and contemporaneous patient records are maintained and support all staff with using the patient database to accurately and appropriately record patient data, whilst maintaining the highest level of data security.
  • To ensure the Community Team comply with nursing policies, standards, guidelines and procedures, including the staff handbook


  • Generous pension scheme/NHS pension
  • 35 days annual leave
  • Working within a well established team
  • Training and development opportunities

We endedeavour to reply to all applications. However if you have not heard from us within 7 days you have been unsuccessful with this particular role. You are very welcome to apply to future advertisements placed by The Sammons Group.

The Sammons Group is an Employment Business and Employment Agency as defined by the EAA Regulations 2003, and we abide by the Code of Practice of our industry body (the Recruitment & Employment Confederation - REC).

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