Staff Nurse – March 2023

Staff Nurse – Inpatient Unit, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester

22.5 – 37.5 hours per week

Band 5, £27,055 – 32,934 FTE (per annum, pro-rata)

Closing Date: 28th March 2023

 Job overview

Would you like to work in a setting where over 96% of service users rate their care as outstanding with  minimum registered nurse to patient ratios of  1: 5 throughout the 24-hour period and 1:4 for all staff.

If so, are you looking for an opportunity where you have the time to give patients the care they need and support families and friends, provide excellent individualized nursing care, implement your knowledge and skills, acquire specialist knowledge of symptom control, develop your communication skills and progress your career in specialist palliative care?

We are seeking experienced, dynamic, motivated registered nurses with a passion for delivering the best possible care to our patients to fill this post. You will be a compassionate and positive professional with sound nursing, interpersonal and organisational skills. You will become 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 (2x 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.

In addition to this there are great opportunities for professional development and career progression.  You will receive continued annual leave and sickness benefits if you join us from the NHS or another hospice.

What the candidate will do and the skills you are looking for

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 once competent to so, 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.
  • Encourage and enable patients to be involved in their care activities and contribute to decisions about them wherever possible.

and will be able to:

  • 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 NHS annual leave and sickness benefits if currently employed in the NHS. For those not currently employed in the NHS annual leave and sickness benefits will be in line with Agenda For Change practice.
  • Continuation of the NHS Pension Scheme for existing members or join the hospice pension scheme.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities, including preceptorship, induction and 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 some 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 if you plan to attend.

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

Wednesday 15th March @ 5.30pm

Tuesday 21st March @5.30pm

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