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As a Registered General Nurse on our Inpatient Unit, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and supportive care (chaplaincy, social workers, complementary therapists). Patients who are admitted to our Inpatient Unit require specialist palliative care such as complex symptom management and end of life care. Treatments may include blood transfusions, antibiotics and intravenous fluids.

Responsibilities of an Ashgate Hospice Band 5 Nurse:

  • To plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based nursing care strategies for patients and their carers in an open and cooperative manner respecting the rights of the individual.
  • To anticipate the changing needs of patients and emotionally prepared the patient and family.
  • To participate in MDT discussions to inform the management plan for patients.
  • In conjunction with the band sixes, lead on the day-to-day management of the discharge process.
  • To disseminate the management plans for the patients to the rest of the nursing team.
  • To manage the admission of patients.
  • To complete the verification of the death process when a patient dies.

We are incredibly proud to have recently won a prestigious Royal College of Nursing infection control award for our hard work keeping patients and the wider community safe on our Inpatient Unit.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that our Nursing Team has the time and support to deliver the very highest quality of care.  We know this is often a challenge in many settings. But we believe that we only have one chance to get it right for our patients and their loved ones.

At Ashgate, we are privileged to be able to share some truly special moments with our patients and their families, including events from weddings to birthday parties.

To get full details on what the role includes please read the attached Job Description, call the Ward Manager for an informal chat and come and visit us.

About you:

You will have outstanding communication and organising skills, work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be committed to making a positive impact on the lives of patients, families and colleagues alike.

Skills and experience required.

  • Up to date NMC registration.
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to assess complex needs of patients and plan, implement and evaluate appropriate nursing actions.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of specialist palliative care/ oncology or another related field.
  • Enjoy working as part of a nursing team.
  • A passion for working with and supporting the needs of adults with a life-limiting condition, with a real commitment to delivering the highest level of care at all times.

What next:

If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact Karen Walker on 01246 568801 or You can arrange to visit the Hospice to see what it would be like to work with us.

Please visit our website and social media accounts or listen to our podcast “The Life and Death Podcast” to get a feel for what it is like to be part of the Ashgate team and gain an understanding of the people we support.

Any candidate who identifies themselves as disabled will be shortlisted if they meet the essential criteria for the role.  Essential criteria can be found in the job description and person specification for the role.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will usually receive an invitation a minimum of 48 hours before the day of the interview. If you have received no response within two weeks of the closing date, your application will have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If successful, you will be required to have an enhanced level DBS check carried as part of the conditional pre-employment checks. For more information, please refer to the candidate assistant notes.

As a healthcare provider it is very important to us that our staff have the annual flu jab and the COVID vaccination. It is our expectation that all of our staff will have the vaccinations, unless there are strong compelling reasons why not. We believe having the vaccination not only protects you but also helps us to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe.

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Article | 8 October 2021

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