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Registered Nurse - Nightingale Macmillian Unit

Band 5

Main area
Palliative Medicine - NMU
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Various hours available)
Job ref
Royal Derby Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa
Salary period
17/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

In the Nightingale Macmillan unit we believe that all patients have the right to have an individualised and holistic approach to their care at the end of their lives, therefore we are looking for a highly motivated Registered Nurse with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work within the Unit to provide high standards of care for the patients and carers known to our service.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will assess, plan, implement and evaluate holistic, individualised patient care in a safe and caring environment in the most efficient and clinically effective way whilst acting as the patient’s advocate and maintaining privacy and dignity.

Our nurse educator’s within the area with support you in your development needs within palliative medicine to enable you to progress in your chosen career pathway.

The area offers a 2 week supernumerary period on commencement of post, and the opportunity to have a 4 week rotation within the palliative medicine speciality to work with the end of life team, the community team and hospital palliative care teas and enhanced bed team.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS ROLE: This area does not work long days, but you will be expected to work internal rotation to night duty. The shifts worked within this area are :

Early: 7am-3pm

Late: 12 midday – 8pm

Night: 7.30pm – 7.30am

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 17 June 2021

Interview date: 01 July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Assess the immediate and ongoing needs of the patient and in discussion with them and where appropriate their significant others develop an individualised plan of care.
  • Assist junior staff to prioritise, implement and evaluate patient care in accordance with Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines
  • Promote and develop the use of current evidence to inform the delivery and promote the development of clinically effective care.
  • Be vigilant in ensuring all care personally delivered adheres to policies and procedures relating to infection control and support other staff in doing the same.
  • Contribute to the development of health promotion /education within the clinical area
  • Work in partnership with all members of the health care team both within and external to the Trust to ensure continuity of care for the patient.
  • Provide day to day supervision of the delivery of care by junior staff, providing the necessary advice and support to maintain good patient care.
  • Communicates effectively with patients, relatives and other members of the care team to ensure a shared understanding of the patient’s care.
  • Maintains accurate, legible and timely records of patient care using the current patient recording system.
  • Makes use of all available methods of communication to monitor and contribute to the development of effective communication systems, taking action to resolve problems when communication fails within the health care team, including external agencies and with patients and their significant others


  • Initiates and contributes to the development and introduction of new ideas and ways of working and acts as a source of advice to the benefit of patient care and the development of the service.
  • In accordance with professional codes maintains own professional development and competence, assists with the development of other members of the team and complies with the current NMC standards for mentors.
  • Acts as a role model and at all times displays exemplary standards of behaviour.
  • Has an awareness of clinical governance issues, and proactively contributes to the development of a culture that is committed to innovation and quality improvement through the use of research and audit.
  • At all times ensures that own actions support and promote equality, diversity and the rights of the public and colleagues within the health care environment.


  • Takes charge of a clinical shift where necessary referring staffing issues to a senior person outside of the clinical area.
  • Has an understanding of and contributes to using the available resources (people, equipment and stock.) effectively
  • Identify hazards and risks and deal accordingly to actively promote the health and safety of patients, the public and staff in the health care environment
  • Assists in the monitoring of standards of care by taking part in audits

Person specification

Communication and experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates good communication skills and has worked within palliative medicine or with end of life patients
Desirable criteria
  • Has communication skills training


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable post registration experience
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of palliative care module

Planning and organisation

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate skills with planning and organising own workload and that of others
Desirable criteria
  • Management Experience

Post registration education

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate up to date practice and post registration development
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Julie Tydeman
Job title
Senior Sister
Email address
Telephone number
01332 787194