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Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Developmental CNS

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£32,975 - £37,967 per annum
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Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week
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Clinical Nurse Specialist (Developmental)
Duchess of Kent Hospice
Reading, RG30 2DX
30 - 37.5 hours per week
£32,975 - £37,967 per annum

Be there when it matters

There has never been a more important time to provide high quality, specialist
end-of-life care to support patients and their families.

About us

We offer a range of services in Berkshire from three sites: Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, Wokingham Day Hospice and Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire.

At the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, and through our Day Services in Newbury and Wokingham, we look after people living with life- limiting conditions, and offer support for families too. We provide expert care and support across Berkshire.

About the Role

Sue Ryder are pleased to invite applications from experienced nurses to join a well-established
friendly team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Reading. You will be supporting patients with an End of Life diagnosis to remain in their homes.

The duties of this role will include assessing referrals for admission to the service, performing comprehensive assessment of patients, Planning, implementing and evaluating care delivery according to changing healthcare needs, identifying issues which are deemed to be actual/potential palliative care emergencies, compiling action plans to mitigate distress, Ensuring such plans are developed, documented and communicated in a collaborative way with other professionals, patients and their families. As well as:

• Using advanced assessment skills to identify reversible symptoms, develop a plan of care and implement
• Providing holistic specialist care for patients in accordance with their needs, wishes and culture. This includes clinical assessment, planning care, monitoring progress, requesting appropriate investigations, and acting on the results
• Establish and maintain effective communication, often of a highly complex and contentious nature, with patients, carers/relatives, and professionals across health and social services. Using verbal and written communication and negotiating skills breaking down barriers to understanding with various individuals

About you

We are looking to recruit a registered nurse with experience as a community palliative care nurse or would consider a nurse with experience in palliative care and evidence of continued professional development in this speciality. You should have excellent communication skills and qualifications in advanced clinical assessment, mentorship and non-medical prescribing or be prepared to undertake training.

For more information or an informal chat, please contact the CNS Lead Helen Mansell by emailing



o 8.00 pm to 6.00 am (nights) 30%
o Friday midnight to Sunday midnight (weekends) 45%
o Public Holidays 24 hours midnight to midnight 60%

•Company pension scheme
•25 days holiday - rising to 30 with length of service plus bank holidays
•Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
•Enhanced sick pay
•Continuation of NHS pension (T&Cs apply)
•NHS holiday honoured (Up to a maximum of 30 days, T&Cs apply)

If you want more than just a job, We want you.

Join the team and be there when it matters.

About Sue Ryder
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – we’re there when it matters. Our doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.