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Workforce development

Shortage of nursing staff workforce development

Children and families should have the care and support they need when and where they need it. We are working to ensure that the UK’s children’s nursing workforce have the right skills, knowledge and experience to provide palliative care to babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions across the UK.

We know that the number of children and young people who use lifeline children’s hospice and palliative care services is increasing. Yet our research shows that the number of specialist nurses in the children’s palliative care voluntary sector is not keeping pace with demand. The nursing shortfall is forcing children’s hospices to cut back the vital palliative care they can offer to children and families.

  • 61%

    of children’s hospice organisations report a lack of appropriately skilled nurses being available to fill posts

We want to shine a light on the experiences of those working in children’s palliative care and the amazing opportunity a nursing career in this sector can bring. Our #YouCanBeThatNurse campaign encourages people to consider a role as a children’s palliative care nurse to help bridge the care gap. Watch our film to find out what a incredibly rewarding the job it can be.

I’m so glad to have dedicated my career to this sector - It’s amazing, challenging and a privilege all wrapped up into one.

Amanda Williams, Children's Hospice South West

Looking for a career in children's palliative care?

We regularly post a range of jobs, including children’s nursing and volunteering opportunities in charities, in hospital, hospice and community