Palliative Nurse Specialist and Trainer

Job specification:

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dedicated nurse to develop palliative care nursing and training in the Republic of Moldova and support colleagues to develop skills in end of life care, from compassionate communication, maintaining comfort to complex symptom management.

The position will suit someone who has a passion for caring for people with life-limiting conditions and is interested in teaching others.

You will be based in Chisinau, but be available to travel from time to time in the rest of the country. Ideally you will speak Romanian/Russian/English and have a driving licence. You will receive the support of our training centres in Romania and the UK to develop this role and benefit from a range of educational initiatives in our network. The role will attract excellent remuneration and benefits.

Role Title: Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Trainer

Responsible to: Country Manager, Hospices of Hope Moldova

Base: Chisinau

Background: Hospices of Hope is an international palliative care development charity that has been working in Moldova since 2008 to develop palliative care services for terminally ill adults and children suffering from life-limiting conditions. We currently support 4 mobile palliative care teams (Orhei, Taraclia, Soroca, Ocnita) and are in the process of establishing a 5th team. Nursing is the “backbone” of palliative care and our aim is to develop more nurse specialists and contribute to training nurses in palliative care in universities and nursing colleges. Hospices of Hope has its headquarters in the UK, but also has a sister charity in the USA and a network of hospice partners in Romania, Serbia, Albania, Greece and Kosovo.

Job Role:

  1. Professional
  • Holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of evidence-based specialist palliative care
  • Ensure that patients’ specialist palliative care needs are met, in relation to ongoing needs incorporating psychological problems, spiritual issues, social and financial needs and referral/discharge arrangements
  • Provide leadership, expert advice, guidance and support to patients, carers/relative, clinical practitioners and peers
  • Use excellent interpersonal and communication skills to support those who have an illness and their family and/or carers.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with clinical colleagues in Hospices of Hope teams and in hospitals and other institutions caring for patients needing palliative care, and help develop services and quality of care delivery
  • Undertake audit of care to ensure the highest professional standards of care possible
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with professionals across health and social care services.
  • Influence, negotiate, challenge and empower all health and social care professionals to develop and deliver the highest quality individualised palliative care.
  • Influence, negotiate and challenge the Ministry of Health and other authorities to recognise specialist palliative care and in particular to recognise the specialist role of nurses
  1. Training
  • Participate in the development, planning and delivery of a range of palliative care education and training initiatives, using a range of approaches and ensuring the quality of the teaching and resources used
  • Work with colleagues in Hospices of Hope Moldova teams to identify and collate training needs
  • Deliver training courses to nursing staff in the Hospices of Hope Moldova teams
  • Work with colleagues to develop a nurse palliative care training course that can be used in nurse colleges and universities
  • Work with colleagues to ensure that all staff have a full induction programme and complete their mandatory training
  1. Administration
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Attend meetings as necessary and provide reports as requested
  • Make recommendations to ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources, supplies and equipment within the specialist area to improve and inform practice
  • Contribute to the production of an annual report

Gross salary range 1000 – 1200 EUR.

Please apply to:  lara@hospicesofhope.md

Closing Date: May 22, 2022