Staff Nurse

Staff Nurse – Inpatient Unit – Full Time and Part Time positions available (22.5 to 37.5 hrs per week) – £27,055 – £32,934 pro rata

Are you looking for an opportunity to provide excellent individualised nursing care, whilst implementing your knowledge and skills, acquiring specialist knowledge of symptom control, develop your communication skills and progress your career in specialist palliative care?

Following a major review of the Inpatient Unit structure at the Hospice, we are experienced, dynamic, motivated registered nurses with a passion for delivering the best possible care to our patients to fill this post.

A compassionate and positive professional with sound nursing, interpersonal and organisational skills, you will be an integral part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team on our 12 bedded in patient unit, providing pain and symptom control, respite care, complex psychological support and end of life care for patients and their families.

Most importantly, you must be wholeheartedly committed to and motivated by the strategic priorities and values of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

We welcome applications from those who may wish to work weekends only (two 12-hour long days), or nights only (minimum of two nights per week) as well as from those who are able to contribute to our internal rotation rota.

The post holder will:

  • Be responsible for the initial and ongoing assessment of nursing needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of effective care plans.
  • Act as nurse in charge following a probationary period, directly assisting in the provision of a high quality clinical and organisational service. This will involve dealing with complex situations and having to take appropriate action in emergency and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Respond to Out of Hours queries via the Hospice Advice Line once identified as competent.
  • Demonstrate their passion to promote comfort, dignity, independence and patient choice.
  • Demonstrate their ability to ensure the physical, spiritual, psychological, social and cultural needs of patients, and those important to them, are identified and attended to, maintaining the highest level of nursing care.
  • Use their own initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Demonstrate an interest in all aspects of palliative care and long-term conditions.

Working for the organisation

You will be joining a friendly and welcoming team with a collective aim of positively enhancing the lives of the individuals in their care. There will be support and guidance for the right individual through a specific induction programme in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of supporting patients with an advanced life limiting illness. You’ll receive a raft of benefits and support, including:

  • Continuation of the NHS Pension Scheme for existing members
  • Annual leave and sickness benefits will be line with the Agenda for Change terms. Current length of service within the NHS will be used to calculate entitlement.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities, including induction and professional development.
  • Broad range of in-house education and support to attend external training.
  • A staff support programme including clinical supervision, confidential counselling, and occupational health services.

Want some more information before making your decision?

We would welcome the opportunity for informal discussion with you prior to your application, please contact Debbie Evans, Ward Manager or Liz Taylor, Director of Clinical Services on 01244 851091.

We will also be running open events where further information about the nursing roles in IPU will be available, along with the opportunity to look around the hospice. To help with planning please email to book a place.

Open Events at the Hospice of The Good Shepherd, Gordon Lane, Backford, Chester, CH2 4DG

Wednesday 2nd Nov @ 6pm

Tuesday 8th Nov @ 6pm

Wednesday 16th Nov @ 6pm


This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.


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