Swan End of Life & Bereavement Clinical Lead

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
Competitive salary
17 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated on the Fylde Coast just a 45 minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary services in haematology, cystic fibrosis, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resorts, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work; it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the Blackpool Tower. This seaside town also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round its local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

We have an exiting opportunity for a highly motivated, experience and clinically skilled senior nurse to establish and lead our new Swan End of Life & Bereavement Support Service.

The Swan Service was established at the start of March in response to the pandemic. We are now delighted to be able to recruit to a team that includes bereavement specialist nurses and a bereavement support worker. The service is fortunate to have a recently refurbished modern and welcoming Swan Suite as its base.

This is a great opportunity for the Clinical Lead to take the service forward and ensure the Swan Model is embedded across the organisation working alongside the end of life, palliative care, chaplaincy and bereavement services.

"The Swan model of care is about providing excellent, individualised end of life and bereavement care for every patient and every family, every time.

It is patient and family focussed and centres on meeting the unique needs of each individual and their loved ones - we have one chance to get it right and this should be every time for every patient and their loved ones".

The post holder will be expected to exercise a high degree of professional autonomy, make clinical judgements using advanced knowledge and skills in order to provide the highest standard of holistic patient care, whilst developing and practicing within clinical protocols and guidelines.

Do you have a good understanding of the national and local agenda in relation to end of life care in both primary and secondary care and will have recent experience working in the areas of specialist palliative care and/or significant experience in end of life care?

Do you have effective leadership skills and recent experience of managing and leading teams.

Are you drive and motivated to play a pivotal role in service improvement and developing and delivering necessary education within the Trust to ensure all staff are supported to reach fundamental levels of knowledge and skills in relation to end of life care.

If you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm to develop this services ensure we deliver high quality end of life care every time then please consider joining our team. We can arrange a discussion and virtual visit with Lead Nurse Jackie.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJackie BruntonJob titleLead Nurse Cancer & End of LIfeEmail addressj.brunton@nhs.netAdditional contact information

for information visit and arrange a virtual video visit

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Please note that in line with national NHS guidelines, this Trust operates a strict non-smoking policy. Members of staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises or grounds at any time, nor take breaks during working hours for the purposes of smoking.

The Trust does not offer interview expenses to shortlisted candidates unless indicated in the advert.

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