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Clinical Lead

Salary: £44,617 - £51,057 per annum + Generous holidays, Pension
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Winsley, Wiltshire
Posted date: Tuesday 07 May 2024
Closing date: Tuesday 28 May 2024
Start date: ASAP
Applications for this vacancy have now closed

Providing outstanding care as rated by CQC, Dorothy House provides compassionate, supportive and holistic care for people in our community with a life-limiting illness. Our focus is on quality of life, helping patients to live well and die well.

We are looking for a dynamic Registered Nurse leader who is motivated, forward thinking and has clinical experience in palliative and end of life care to lead our Community Palliative Care team in the Bath and Keynsham area. In addition to leading a responsive team, the post holder will need to be able to flex to the needs of our community, and seek innovative improvements in community based MDT working in collaboration with System partners.

CLINICAL LEAD - COMMUNITY PALLIATIVE CARE | Band 7 £44,617 - £51,057 per annum

As the Clinical Lead for the Community Palliative Care team, you will:

  • Contribute to the delivery of the shared vision and strategy of the Patient and Family Services Directorate in order to deliver the Everyday Everyone Strategy and associated key Organisation Objectives.
  • Lead and inspire a culture of continuous quality improvement and service development of new models of Community Palliative Care Teams.
  • Demonstrate leadership of the organisational values and enable palliative care teams to embed a culture of work that reflects these values.
  • Coach teams to develop matrix approach both internally within Dorothy House services and externally with other partner organisations and groups within the community to maximise service provision for people with end of life conditions.
  • Lead and support teams to develop strong working relationships with partnership organisations to enhance knowledge and practice in palliative care for Care Homes and other areas.
  • Provide nursing leadership in specialist palliative care through advice, support and education to the Community Palliative Care Teams (CPCT) and other health professionals.
  • Manage a limited caseload providing specialist palliative care to those with a life threatening illness and their families in partnership with health and social care colleagues

See our full detailed Job Description on our website for more information.


This is a Full Time position working 37.5 hours over 5 Days, Monday to Friday.


Due to the community-based nature of the role, the post holder will need to hold a full UK driving licence with access to a vehicle.

Essential requirements:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Postgraduate or equivalent level of knowledge in a relevant subject
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Independent Prescriber or working towards qualification
  • Clinical experience in specialist palliative care
  • Management/ leadership skills experience
  • Clinical assessment and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work as part of a team including the Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Ability to analyse data and research in practice
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Confident in use of IT systems including patient systems
  • Car driver essential to support the ability to deliver patient services across a geographical patch

Desirable requirements:

  • Community qualification
  • Relevant community experience


Dorothy House is an incredible place to work, these are just a few of our benefits that we offer to our staff:

  • Generous holiday allowance for all roles, increasing with length of service
  • Fantastic refer a friend scheme
  • Excellent industry leading training and development programmes with many career development opportunities
  • Pension with Life Assurance
  • Travel and parking - We offer 45p per mile for work travel. There is unlimited free parking in Winsley.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Counselling and Mindful Employer Charter - providing our staff with information, advice and support for those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health conditions.
  • Simply Health - Providing insurance against certain everyday healthcare costs such as dental and optical treatments.

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we'd love to see your application.

Please note that our vacancies can close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore encourage early submission of your application.


Interviews will be held at the beginning of June.

Required skills for this position

At Dorothy House, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity are central to our work as an outstanding care provider and employer. They are inherent in our values where we care, we connect and we create. We recognise the diversity of the people who deliver our services and the people who receive them. We believe that by building a diverse workforce, underpinned by a culture of respect, we will create an environment where everyone will have access to receive outstanding care and support from Dorothy House, regardless of characteristic.

Our 2021 Services Review identified how we need to work differently to achieve our strategic mission to ensure that “everyone has access to outstanding palliative and end of life care” and has presented us with an opportunity to improve on the “community development” work of the past and engage differently with our communities for the benefit of our patients, carers and families. Put another way, this is our moment ‘to do things differently’ and we are embracing this through Asset Based Community Development. We expect all staff to embrace this strategy and we will provide training accordingly.

What happens next

Step 1

Your application will be processed. One of the team from Dorothy House may contact you to discuss your application further

Step 2

If selected, you will be invited to attend an interview

Step 3

We will keep you informed of the progress of your application throughout the selection process

Elaine Kynaston - healthcare professional talking with patient
Every day is different and challenging, and I feel privileged to be let into the lives and homes of our patients

Elaine Kynaston, Dorothy House carer

Dorothy House is at the end of a phone whenever you need advice or reassurance. There’s just something about all the staff – they’re so approachable.

Angela Selman, DH patient, 2022

I was a Hospice at Home carer for thirty years. I think we all feel privileged to do it. It’s an honour to be with people at the very end of life.

Maggie Matthews, Dorothy House carer

I cannot put into words what a difference your carers made at such a dark time, and I will always be truly grateful.

Family of a patient, 2021

Anyone who works for Dorothy House is passionate about what we do. We’re like a family –we agree on our values and our mission and that comes through more than anything

Sue Spanswick, Dorothy House carer

It sounds a cliché, but every day really is totally different and I get to work with some amazing people

Debbie Russell, Mobile Deputy Shop Manager

I really wanted to work for Dorothy house after seeing first-hand the quality of care they provided. I applied for hospice at home carer role, and was thrilled to be offered a position.

Julia Harper, Dorothy House carer

My role at Dorothy House feels more meaningful than any of my previous corporate experience. Things here really matter, and it is so rewarding playing my part in helping us be there for patients and families

Rhiannon Eveleigh, Corporate Communications, 2022

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