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Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS)

Lichfield, Staffordshire (On-site)
Starting from £44,805 with the ability to progress to £51,500 (plus enhancements where applicable)
Job description

Contract type

Permanent, Full time


Whittington/Sutton Coldfield


37.5 working hours per week

Annual salary

Starting from £44,805 with the ability to progress to £51,500

(plus enhancements where applicable)

Review Date



The ACNS is a key senior role within the Nursing team, acting as the clinical specialist lead and overseeing the community nursing service for a defined area on a rotation basis (non-clinical).

Working with an integrated team of nurses, you will contribute to the overall care of patient and families referred to St Giles within the community setting.


As a team member, you will contribute to a positive supportive working environment with an emphasis on team work and cooperation. You will participate in a rota system providing a 7 day a week, face to face and telephone service for patients and their families and, in the out of hours rota, providing telephone advice and support. This may include visiting out of hours in exceptional circumstances.


It is anticipated that the work plan will be 80% clinical (clinical management) 10% Service Development and 10% Education and Teaching.


The role includes activities such as audit, quality and risk management initiatives and Nurses working at an advanced level will:


·        Practice autonomously and be self-directed

·        Appropriately analyse complex situations

·        Undertake assessment of individuals using a range of different assessment methods, which may include physical examination, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests or advanced health needs assessment.

·        Draw on a diverse range of knowledge in their decision-making to determine evidence based therapeutic interventions; this may include prescribing medication and actively monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.

·        Actively seek and participate in peer reviews of their own practice

·        Appropriately define the boundaries of their practice and understand the parameters of their professional role.

Promote and participate in the implementation of the local and national strategies and St Giles core standards.




·         First level nurse

·         Recognised teaching qualification

·         Communication skills/counselling

·         Independent Nurse Prescribing Level 3 minimum



·         Degree in specialist practice – related to specialist palliative care

·         Community Nursing qualification

·         Leadership course

·         Management course

·         Community nursing experience

·         Experience and evidence of clinical audit

·         Published original work

Knowledge and experience


·         Proven experience within specialist palliative care

·         Management experience

·         Post registration experience

·         Experience and evidence of effective change management

·         Experience and evidence of research/evidence based practice

·         Experience and competence in managing complex palliative care cases – symptoms, psychological, grief/loss needs, ethical dilemmas and patient advocacy

·         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·         Ability to make expert clinical decisions

·         Emotionally resilient

·         Excellent time/deadline management

·         Reflective practitioner

·         Fully comprehends contemporary CNS role

·         Development, implementation and appraisal of quality and audit initiatives

·         Knowledge of corporate and clinical governance

·         Fully comprehends and implements research and evidence based practice process

·         Diverse specialist palliative care knowledge and awareness – national and local agenda


·         Exhibits our hospice values and behaviours



·         Sound reflective and facilitation skills

·         Expert communication, counselling and interpersonal skills

·         Teaching skills– informal and formal and ability to contribute to education programme

·         Leadership skills

·         Management skills

Personal Attributes

·         Empathetic

·         Team player

·         Able to work under pressure

·         Collaborative

·         Ambassador for St Giles Hospice


Just so you know:

This post is subject to a Disclose and Barring Service (DBS) check.


We may review applications before the application review date, however, if you apply after the application review date, your application may not be considered. We will accept applications until we have successfully filled the role; this may be earlier than the closing date.


If you have not heard within 14 days of the application close date, then please consider that your application has been unsuccessful at this time.


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St Giles Hospice View profile Company size Size: 101 - 500
Posted on: 19 April 2024
Closed date: 10 May 2024 at 09:22
Job ref: 358
Tags: Nursing

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