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Job description

Job Title Marie Curie Nurse - Rapid Response
Job Reference: SC348
Department Marie Curie Nursing Service
Location Community
Reports to Nursing Support Centre – Service Manager
Accountable to Nursing Support Centre – Senior Service Manager
Job Purpose/Summary
Marie Curie Rapid Response Service is a community based palliative care service whose aim is to respond quickly to support patients and their carers within the community and prevent inappropriate admissions to secondary care. This will usually be the patients own homes. The service works in collaboration with the NHS, social services and providers of end of life care in the community.
The Marie Curie Nurse will work alongside the Clinical Lead Nurse and assist in the management and delivery of the service. The Marie Curie Nurse will work collaboratively with District Nursing Teams, the NHS Out-of-Hours Service, the Palliative Care Co-ordination Centre, other Marie Curie Nurses and other palliative care service providers, in order to provide a proactive approach to delivering patient care in the locality to ensure an integrated and co-ordinated service.
Key Relationships
Accountabilities (Duties & Responsibilities)

To provide appropriate clinical support, to enable palliative care patients and their carers to receive care in their place of choice to be able to stay within their own home if that is their choice

Clinical Responsibilities

  • To demonstrate advanced analytical assessment skills for palliative care patients and to plan, implement and evaluate the care provision in the patient’s home.

  • To be responsible for the management of patient care during the shift

  • To adhere and be professionally accountable to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and be conversant with the Scope of Professional Practice and other NMC advisory papers.

  • To act as an educator and advisor to the MDT and patients and families/carers and to provide advice, support for the carers and family according to their needs and the level of intervention required during the shift.

  • To communicate and liaise where appropriate with the DN & Community Nursing Team to receive and provide handover and updates.

  • To communicate with the existing palliative care service providers as to allocation of resources and booking of planned and emergency visits as required.

  • To work independently as well as alongside other team members or other professionals when required.

  • To ensure continuity of patient care by communicating and liaising with medical and nursing colleagues, providing accurate and timely reports of any changes in the condition of the patient.

  • Maintaining accurate records in order to reduce the risk of errors.

  • To understand the systems for accessing the local NHS policies and procedures, for example infection control and drug policies.

  • To maintain a level of knowledge, skill and competence related to current drugs/therapies in the treatment of pain and other symptoms, and administer medication according to the drug/prescription chart.

  • To maintain awareness of professional responsibilities by reading current, relevant literature and by taking up opportunities for personal and professional development, in order to meet the requirements to maintain registration to practice.

  • Be proactive in developing collaborative relationships with other care providers.

  • Work within clear protocols and guidelines to deliver seamless care.

  • To support the charity in the development of operational and clinical guidelines for the service

  • To work within operational and clinical procedures that are currently in place and to highlight any gaps or concerns to the nursing service manager


  • To assist the Clinical Lead Nurse in ensuring integration with other NHS and voluntary sector services.

  • To observe for and monitor clinical and policy developments in the locality and share these with the manager and team.

  • To represent (when required) the service in the absence of the Clinical Lead Nurse at PCT/ MDT/DN/ GSF meetings.

  • When required to undertake the organisation and delegation of tasks/duties to other members of the team as appropriate during the shift.

  • To take on any additional responsibilities that may be required as part of the role.

  • To prioritise the palliative patient case load and the required tasks and allocate as needed in order to ensure effective co-ordination of the service.


  • To assist the Clinical Lead Nurse in ensuring that appropriate evaluation mechanisms are in place to make certain that the service delivered to patients is of the highest quality.

  • To use evidence-based practice to develop and maintain high quality patient care and ensure the continuous improvement of the Marie Curie Nursing Service.

  • To lead and participate in auditing the service and ensuring that recommendations from audits lead to effective changes to practice and service delivery.

  • At all times to act as an ambassador of Marie Curie Cancer Care to patients and their relatives, to colleagues and members of the public.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description, all Marie Curie Cancer Care employees should be aware of their specific responsibilities towards the following:

  • Marie Curie Cancer Care operates a no-smoking policy. The post holder should either be a non-smoker or be prepared not to smoke in any Charity premises, grounds or vehicles or when on Marie Curie Cancer Care business outside the office.

  • Adhere to all health and safety and fire regulations and to co-operate with the Charity in maintaining good standards of health and safety.

  • Uphold ethical and professional standards and not behave in a manner that is likely to bring the Charity into disrepute.

  • Promote and sustain a responsible attitude towards equal opportunities and diversity within the Charity.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing registration requirements or any national professional or occupational standards associated with the role.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning and development and to participate in any training relevant to the role.

  • For designated roles, the post holder will be responsible for health & safety, business continuity planning and/or risk management. (These responsibilities will be notified on appointment).

  • Marie Curie Cancer Care is committed to encouraging volunteering throughout the organisation and as such the post holder will be expected to support and respect volunteers, and may be asked to work alongside or supervise a volunteer as part of their role whilst working at Marie Curie Cancer Care.”

This job description is not exhaustive. It merely acts as a guide and may be amended to meet the changing requirements of the charity at any time after discussion with the post holder.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Person Specification
Job Title: Marie Curie Nurse - Rapid Response
Job Reference: SC348




How to Assess


  • Be able to communicate with people in a diplomatic and tactful manner.

  • Ability to work in a complex and stressful environment and demonstrate appropriate coping mechanisms.

  • Ability to quickly identify and solve problems and take action to address issues

  • Ability to use own initiative.

  • Ability to work in an unsupervised setting.

  • Must already possess, or be willing to undertake training in, advanced analytical assessment skills

Application form/interview


  • Possess an up to date awareness of nursing care for patients with palliative care needs

  • Possess an up to date awareness and understanding of specific needs of palliative care patients in the terminal phase.

  • Must have knowledge of, and be able to use, Information Technology such as Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel, Outlook etc) to record and monitor patient care activity

Application form/interview


/Education/ Training

  • RN Registration Level 1, with relevant post –registration qualification, e.g. ENB 931or Diploma in Palliative care or equivalent

  • Willingness to undertake necessary Diploma level modules and/ or any additional education & training as required by the role.

  • Degree in Palliative /cancer care or equivalent

Application form


  • Experience working in NHS or other relevant care setting in palliative care.

  • Experience of working in a palliative care environment e.g. hospice

  • Experience of working in the community

Application form/interview

Other requirements

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development.

  • Hold a current and valid driving licence and have access to a suitable vehicle.

  • Willingness to work unsocial hours.

  • Must be able and willing to support a flexible approach to working patterns and locations

Application form/interview

Application form/interview

Where appropriate, reasonable adjustments to these criteria will be considered to accommodate personal circumstances such as disabilities

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Terms and conditions
Job title Marie Curie Nurse – Registered Nurse

Job reference SC348

Salary scale Marie Curie Nursing Service - Clinical

Salary See table below

Annual leave entitlement 25 days (including 8 bank holidays) pro rata

Notice period One Month (after probationary period)

Working hours 66 hours per month

Probationary period Six months

Disclosure Check Enhanced

Registered Nurse


Day (except bank holidays)
7.00 am to 9.00 pm

9.00 pm to 7.00 am

(Mon to Sat)

Weekend nights (9.00 pm Sat to 7.00 am Sun,

9.00 pm Sun to 7.00 am Mon)

Bank holidays

(9.00 pm day before BH to 7.00 am day after BH)



Day rate + 20 %

Day rate + 30%

Special Conditions: Bank staff are required to work a minimum of 450 hours per annum.

Contracted hours staff - any hours worked for concurrent employer must not exceed 26

per week, for health & safety reasons – Working Time Regulations)
Other benefits

  • Continued access to NHS pension Scheme (if eligible).

  • Travel Allowance - Paid Mileage: £0.45 per mile (non-taxable wef 1st July 2011)

  • Access to Clinical Supervision Group.

  • Access to CommuniCare Lone Worker Safety System.

  • A mobile phone is provided – for work related calls only

  • Training and education programme.

  • Season ticket loan

  • Loan schemes for bikes; computers and satellite navigation systems

Closing date: 24/01/2014
To apply please visit our website
Please email your application form to
Marie Curie Cancer Care aims to be an employer of choice and is committed to equal opportunities.

Charity reg no. 207994 (England & Wales), SCO38731 (Scotland).

Jan 2010

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