Return to search

NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/08/2021.

Specialist Palliative Care Nurse

Job Reference: 241-530B-21

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Palliative and End of Life Care
£31,365 - £37,890 pa

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 2008 and, in 2011, we became an integrated provider with community health services joining the trust. Covering a catchment area that also incorporates parts of Bury, Wigan and Salford, we deliver hospital and community based services from the Royal Bolton Hospital in Farnworth and from 20 health centres across Bolton, to a catchment population of 320,000 people. We have a CQC rating as good overall and we have some key areas of outstanding practice with an outstanding rating for being well led at every level.

Buildings, names and models of care have changed over the centuries, but one thing has remained constant and is prevalent among our 5,900+ staff members: the enduring commitment to providing the best health and care for the people of Bolton.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly motivated, forward thinking Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist, who would be adopted by MacMillan, to work within the Specialist Palliative Care team. The post is part of a team of specialist palliative care nurses covering the hospital and community seven days a week including bank holidays. This service is part of the Integrated Community Services Division who provide a multitude of services within Bolton. Experience of working in community is not essential as the successful candidate will receive a full supportive induction when they join the Division and the team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward thinking consultant led palliative care multidisciplinary team that prides itself in delivering high quality care, in the right place, every time, so if you have the desire to make a difference to the people of Bolton then the Integrated Community Services Division is the place to be.

The post holder will be a proven team player with excellent communication skills with significant, relevant experience. They will contribute to the provision of specialist palliative and end of life care to the people of Bolton with advanced life shortening disease, working autonomously and as part of a team. They will deliver clinical interventions across care settings providing advice, education and support to patients, their carers and other health care professionals. They will also promote advance care planning, management of complex end of life symptoms and patient and carer expectations whilst meeting the integrated care needs of the patient and preventing inappropriate admissions to hospital. In addition, they will be able to contribute to the development of services, teaching, audit and research. The individual will be supported to develop their competencies in this specialty through a programme of induction, education and mentorship, tailored to their level of experience and expertise.

Specialist Palliative Care services have been developed, over the years, in an integrated and collaborative manner between the hospital, community, and Bolton Hospice, reflecting excellent co-operation between the organisations and a patient centred whole-team approach.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated provider of acute, intermediate and community health care serving the population of Bolton. This provides us with an opportunity for our services to work closely with our partners in primary care and the local authority to ensure a seamless service for our patients.

Here at Bolton our patients and people are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care and are guided by our trust Values. We are proud that our Trust is a centre of excellence for maternity, neonatal and care for children, and that it has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is in recognition of the patient experience and quality of care that our staff provide to patients. Our last inspection also rated the leadership in the Trust as ‘outstanding’ and our senior medical staff are absolutely part of our leadership group.

The aims of this Trust are to improve the health of our people and provide the best possible care to the population in which we serve and ensure that our staff have joy and pride in their work. We are striving to recruit a workforce that reflects the communities in which we serve. Staff are valued and we can offer excellent opportunities for further training and development.

Royal Bolton Hospital currently has approximately 600 inpatient beds, serving the population of Bolton and others from neighbouring areas. It is one of the busiest hospitals in the NW for emergency admissions. It has a cancer unit, with close links to the Christie Hospital. It has an oncology unit providing clinics and chemotherapy, and has a developing Acute Oncology service.

Bolton is a progressively minded town, thirteen miles to the North of Manchester with an impressive centre attracting a wide range and rich supply of cultural activities. Bolton is centred at the hub of the North Western Region and there is a convenient motorway network giving fast access to neighbouring towns, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Fylde Coast. The general environment in Bolton and the surrounding countryside is a pleasant one, with good residential areas offering a wide choice of housing styles at competitive prices. Shopping, social and education facilities are first rate. School facilities available comprise comprehensive and independent primary and secondary education.


The Borough is distinctive in its variable nature with a wide range of cultures, deprivation and health. The population of Bolton is multi-racial and multi-cultural and has wide variation in measures of deprivation across the Borough which overall are wider than the national average.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJill SmithJob titleSpecialist Palliative Care Nurse Team LeaderEmail addressjill.smith2@boltonft.nhs.ukTelephone number01204 390395Additional contact information


Sarah Rutherford - 01204 462349


Charlotte Pilkington - 01204 462349/2

The vision of this Trust is to be recognised by the people of Bolton and beyond as an excellent provider of health and care services and a great place to work. We are striving to attract, recruit and retain high calibre skilled staff which reflect our communities. We are an inclusive employer who trains and develops our staff in a positive learning environment. We aim to be consciously inclusive and therefore applications from all sectors of the community are welcomed. We would particularly encourage candidates from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background and candidates with health conditions or impairments.

From time to time we may need to close a vacancy early when in receipt of a sufficient number of applications. If you are interested in this post and wish to be considered, we strongly advise you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Follow us on Social Media:

Facebook: Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Twitter: @boltonnhsft

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Investors in People Gold Logo
  • Disability Confident Committed
  • Positive about Disabed People Logo
  • Improving Working Lives Logo
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Stonewall Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo
  • Step Into Health