East Lancashire Hospice

Head of Community Specialist Services

Post Title:                       Head of  Community Specialist Services             
Responsible to:         Clinical Services director
Type of Contract:      Permanent
Hours  Negotiable:   37.5 
Salary WTE:                 £52,354 dependant on experience      
Closing Date:             Thursday 20th June 2024 
Interview Date:         TBC 

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This post involves regular, direct unsupervised access to vulnerable adults and therefore is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

East Lancs Hospice

East Lancashire Hospice is a registered charity, founded in 1984. We support and care for patients with a life limiting illness, their families and others close to them. We provide this in a number of ways; at the hospice and in people’s own homes across our community of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

With approximately 120 employees and over 250 volunteers, our people are our biggest asset whom we value tremendously. Our services to the local community would not be possible without our motivated and caring workforce who always strive to deliver excellence in all that they do. The hospice is a unique and special place, kindness and compassion are qualities that run throughout the hospice and our people truly believe in what we do.

Head of Hospice Community Specialist Nursing

We have an exciting opportunity for a forward thinking individual, passionate about the development of excellence in palliative care and with substantial post-registration experience to have overall responsibility for the clinical leadership and management of the hospice clinical nurse specialist team. You will drive the development and delivery of the service in keeping with the clinical strategy while ensuring high quality evidence based specialist palliative care is delivered with care, compassion and dignity to patients and those that matter to them.

The team provides a 7 day service including weekends and bank holidays worked on a rota basis.  You will work as an accountable and autonomous practitioner alongside the multi-professional team managing a caseload of patients in the community.

The Successful Candidate

The ideal candidate will have experience working in Palliative Care and:

  • Well-developed team leadership / management skills
  • The ability and experience to lead on the development and delivery of formal and informal education
  • Be a non-medical prescriber or willing to undertake in post
  • Be educated to degree level in a clinical field relevant to the role/post registration qualifications and ideally at level 7
  • Enthusiasm and drive to develop the service across our communities
  • Work at all times to safeguard the rights of individuals promoting their wellbeing and protecting those at risk from harm, acting on any concerns related to safeguarding children and adults at risk in line with policy and local guidance

What we offer

If you would like to be part of a CQC outstanding rated organisation then this could be the role for you.

We have an excellent, collaborative working environment with a generous holiday allowance of 27 days + Bank Holidays with the option to buy additional days. You will have access to learning and development opportunities, ongoing training, and funded access to a private health scheme. There is also onsite parking and an onsite Café with reduced staff prices.

 Aside from the terms and conditions detailed above, you will joining a very special and unique organisation, where people are at the heart of everything we do.

Equality and Diversity

We support an inclusive and holistic working environment and aim to empower our people to bring their authentic self to work. We are committed to this and so encourage applications from all individuals with the required skills for the role inclusive of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, colour, caste, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, socioeconomic background, trade union membership status, marriage, and civil partnerships. ELH is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and volunteers.


For further information relating to the job duties, please refer to the job description by clicking ‘Job Description’ below.

If you wish to apply for this post, please complete an application form or send your CV directly to Recruitment@Eastlancshospice.org.uk

Please make sure you specify which job you are applying for, and include supporting information outlining your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job.

Please note that references will not be contacted at this stage, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

All enquiries and further information regarding the above can be obtained from the recruiting manager.

 Name: Carol Evans Clinical Services Director

Email: Carol.Evans@eastlancshospice.org.uk

Telephone: 01254 965831


Name: Dr Karen Hogarth Medical Director

Email: Karen.Hogarth@eastlancshospice.org.uk

Telephone: 01254 965839

 Application forms and job descriptions are available to download here.

 Job description

Application Form

Alternatively, these documents can be obtained from the recruitment team on: 01254 965833