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Registered Nurse

Salary: £28,407 - £34,581 per annum + Generous holidays, Pension
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Winsley, Wiltshire
Posted date: Thursday 21 December 2023
Closing date: Thursday 18 January 2024
Start date: ASAP
Applications for this vacancy have now closed

Here at Dorothy House we provide compassionate care and support 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.

Our Inpatient Unit at Winsley is a safe and comfortable environment with dedicated medical and nursing care. Patients usually stay for a short time - between seven and ten days. After consultation with a patient's GP or other healthcare professional, we are able to offer short stays at the Unit. Often, this time is used to assess a patient's needs and to plan for future care.

REGISTERED NURSE | Band 5 £28,407 - £34,581 Per Annum Pro Rata

During this role, you will work with the team using a patient-centred approach and evidenced based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care and will co-ordinate care from admission to discharge.
The duties and responsibilities will include:

  • You will be expected to administer medication and treatment as prescribed in accordance with the NMC's and the Dorothy House policies and guidelines.
  • You will also provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support for patients and carers.
  • To assess the needs of patients and devise a plan of nursing care based on assessment of physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs, involving patients and carers in the process.
  • To implement the planned programme of nursing care and where appropriate liaise with other members of the Caring Team who may be responsible for implementing specific aspects of nursing care.
  • To ensure and co-ordinate safe discharge of patients with an understanding of the needs of patients and carers in the community and the available services.
  • To take responsibility for telephone enquiries from the 24 hour advice line, to give professional advice and support and contact the Doctor on call as required.
  • To respond to enquiries regarding the Hospice at Home Service during unsociable hours and allocate staff, as required.
  • To recognise own support needs and those of colleagues and how they can be met.
  • To participate in education and training of staff in the clinical setting and more formal teaching programmes.

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



Full and Part Time Position available; details can be discussed at interview.

This role can work across a variety of shift patterns that could include late shifts, nights or early shifts.



Essential requirements:

  • First Level Nurse
  • Can demonstrate evidence based practice to nursing care
  • Strong level of medicines management knowledge
  • Team focused with strong communication skills

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in teaching/education
  • Can demonstrate knowledge around palliative care


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
  • 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.

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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