Acute Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Closing Date: 18/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £45,839 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success and have been rated as Outstanding by the CQC for our Palliative and End of Life Care. This substantive Band 7 post offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Nurse to work within the Specialist Palliative Care in the Acute setting.

The post covers core hours of 09:00-17:00 and works across a seven day period, weekends and bank holidays are rostered across the team as per CDDFT policy. Core hours are 09:00-17:00.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide a consistent high quality specialist palliative care service for patients and families. With significant post registration experience including recent experience in palliative care you will need to demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills and will need to be committed to developing practice. Working collaboratively as part of a team and building effective relationships with the role colleagues, you must also be able to work on your own initiative.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role of the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist requires a suitably qualified and experienced nurse to be able to utilise their extensive knowledge of palliative care and complex symptom management to offer high quality patient centred care, whilst supporting their peers and colleagues. Be able to have a positive impact on care and confidently deal with difficult and complex situations with sensitivity and compassion. Be confident and influence change. Offer support and supervision to Band 6 Palliative Care Nurse and the Discharge Facilitator in the team.

Person Specification



  • Highly developed knowledge of Palliative Care Pain and Symptom control management
  • First level degree in related subject
  • Post-basic qualification in cancer/palliative care or relevant subject
  • Sound knowledge of national and regional policies influencing palliative care services
  • Advanced communication skills training or willing and able to undertake
  • Knowledge of cancer treatment modalities & implications
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber or able and willing to undertake
  • Evidence of teaching qualification (Cert Ed or equivalent)
  • Good understanding of organisational priorities of relevant organisations
  • Awareness of current political and organisational climate
  • Evidence of Masters level learning or prepared to work towards


  • Degree level qualification in Palliative care.
  • UCPD in Physical Assessment skills
  • Post registration qualification in cancer nursing.
  • Evidence of Counselling qualification
  • Understanding of audit methodologies
  • Research qualification



  • Relevant post registration experience, in cancer, palliative care or relevant specialty
  • In-depth specialist experience
  • Experience of multi professional working
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Experience of teaching


  • Understanding of Macmillan Cancer Support and it’s role across the UK.
  • Previous experience of working as a clinical nurse specialist
  • Experience of audit and research

Statutory Registration


  • Registered health professional registered with the NMC

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to think strategically and see the bigger picture
  • Ability to demonstrate track record of practice development
  • Excellent communication and counselling skills both in clinical settings and with other healthcare professionals
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing at all levels of understanding.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of an integrated team
  • Well developed influencing negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Organised and able to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to respond sensitively to situations of conflict
  • Confident & effective teaching / presentation skills
  • Flexible and innovative
  • Skills in supervision and mentorship
  • Commitment to continuing personal development
  • Ability to lead and influence change
  • Well developed IT skills
  • Ability to obtain and critically evaluate information to enable decision making
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and lead
  • Ability to deal with difficult and complex situations with sensitivity & compassion
  • Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Well developed leadership skills


  • Previous experience of working as a clinical nurse specialist
  • Experience of audit and research

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post
  • Well presented application
  • Assertive and confident yet approachable and supportive manner
  • Professionally credible
  • Flexibility in approach to work and in range of duties/ hours of work
  • Demonstrates initiative and enthusiasm
  • Diplomatic
  • Calm and objective
  • Self Motivated
  • Recognition of own limitations

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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