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Bereavement and Donor Support Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Bereavement and Donation
Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Preston Hospital
£24,214 - £30,112 per annum
28/04/2019 23:59


Working closely with the bereavement and donation lead nurse and the rest of the bereavement and donation team the post holder will be responsible for maintaining an efficient eye retrieval service with a high profile throughout the trust.

Your role will be to triage every death across Royal Preston and Chorley District Hospital and provide follow up calls to every bereaved relative/next of kin to offer condolences and to explain what they need to do next.

For every death you will triage every deceased patient to see if they are suitable or unsuitable for Tissue donation and communicate to the family/next of kin if the patient meets criteria or not. You will then complete any potential tissue donation referrals to the National Retrieval centre in a timely order.

You will be trained to be a competent Eye retriever, trained by NHS Blood and Transplant, so you need to be comfortable working with the deceased within the mortuary setting. We also have links with the Local Undertakers and St Catherine’s Hospice as well as the wider community and you will be required to complete eye retrievals in these locations also so a driving licence is essential for this role.

Part of your role will be to continue to raise awareness of the potential for donation after death to groups of health care professionals and the general public and will focus on maintaining the link between bereavement and donation potential. Throughout your daily activity you will be continually raising awareness of the bereavement and donation service including “Tell the team” through ward rounds and delivery of multi-professional education.

Your role will be to promote high standards of acute bereavement care and signposting on to other services as appropriate.

You will be involved in audit and producing quarterly reports for the wards and you will be communicating to our End of Life, Bereavement & Donation Link nurses with updated information which they can cascade down to the rest of the wards.

This is a brilliant opportunity to develop and really make change within the bereavement and donation services where your role will really make a difference to others.

Interview date: To be confirmed

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Laura Schafer-Hall, Senior Sister Bereavement and Donor lead on 01772 528184 via email