Staff Nurse - Hospice at Home Macmillan Unit

Palliative Care

Posted: 2 years ago

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

£25,655 - £31,534 pa/pro rata

Fixed term (12 months)

We recently went into partnership with Bournemouth University and, with the merger of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, became University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust this is a really exciting time to join us!

Our ambitious multi-million pound plans to develop our sites are well underway, including developing RBH as the major acute and emergency hospital in East Dorset, PH as the major planned care hospital, and ambitious plans for Christchurch to support on-going patient treatment.

Joining UHD gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town , and Poole has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

With both the New Forest and Isle of Purbeck on our doorstep, over 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches and coastal paths, we are located within an area of amazing beauty providing a great place for you to achieve your rewarding work life balance.

We are delighted to be launching a Hospice at Home Service (H@H) for patients who want to be cared for at home in the last 2 weeks of life.

“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moments of your life, and we will do all we can to help you not only to die peacefully, but also to live until you die” - Dame Cicely Saunders

Dying, death and bereavement are important parts of everyone’s lives. They happen to us all, and many of us will be affected by the loss of people that are close to us. The Specialist Palliative Care service offers expert care to people with advanced illness, and to those close to them. We aim to give support to each person; at home, in hospital or in the hospice, when it is needed the most, helping to provide dignity, understanding and compassion.

Many people and their families tell us that they would want to stay at home as their illness progresses. For the last part of their lives they want to focus on what matters most to them with those close to them. This is central to how we provide expert care and support.

Aims of the Service:

To contribute to a comprehensive Community Palliative and End of Life service for patients across East Dorset and Ringwood (Hampshire). To improve the quality of the experience for patients, their carer’s and families, through consistent, specialised end of life care [EOL] delivered over 24/7 over a 7-day period in their own home environment.


  • To enable more people who are under the care of the specialist palliative care team to achieve their preferred place of care/death at the end of their life and increase the number of patients who are able to die at home.
  • To avoid inappropriate hospitalisation/hospice admission for those who are dying with complex needs.
  • To facilitate rapid/early discharge from hospital/hospice, so that palliative patients are more likely to die at home if this is in accordance with their wishes. (Rapid discharge home to die).
  • To improve and provide stability and support at home for patients discharged from the hospice, who are at greater risk of failed discharges.
  • To support transition for patients/relatives/carers who have developed a dependency on the hospice care during transition to Home/Nursing Home.
  • To be available to all patients meeting our H@H criteria in the last days of life based on need (not diagnosis). Working in partnership with the patients General Practitioner (GP) Community Nurse (CN) and Specialist Teams. Providing holistic care and support; symptom management; practical nursing care; psychological support; crisis as well as planned response; and support of carers.
  • To complement the Community Nursing Service, working in partnership with, and enhance communication between, statutory and voluntary sector providers to develop seamless, holistic care.
  • To offer pre and post-bereavement support to patients and their families.

The Hospice at Home service will be a 24 hour/7 days a week service, based at the Macmillan Unit, Christchurch Hospital. We envisage that this will be predominantly visiting patients and families in their own homes to provide end of life care for those with complex needs who have been referred to the Specialist Palliative Care service.

We are seeking applicants who have experience of providing palliative and end of life care who have the confidence to work independently. We are looking forward to developing a skilled Hospice at Home workforce for sustainable improvements in quality care. We will be offering a comprehensive induction, education and development program, mentoring and supervision opportunities.

This is currently a one year fixed term opportunity however, we hope to develop a service that continues to grow in the future as we truly believe this part of the change that is needed to ensure a personalised and compassionate approach to complex Palliative Care.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, motivated nurses to be involved in providing excellent end of life care. A back ground in Palliative Care, in providing End of Life Care or working in the Community would be advantageous. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a new service and make a difference to so many families.

Base Location: Christchurch Hospital

Interview date: 19th April 2022

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJacqueline Upton Job title Hospice at Home Team LeaderEmail address:Jacqueline.Upton@UHD.NHS.UK

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.

Please note:

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated.

Staff recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

This advert may be closed early if sufficient applications are received.

Internal Candidates: staff employed prior to merger who voluntarily change jobs will be appointed to UHD terms and conditions.



Enter your email address to receive job updates similar to this role

I agree to the email T&Cs

Job Reference

Reference: 153-HK-10296-A

Closing Date: 2022-04-11

Interview Date: 19/04/2022

Further Links