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Band 6 Community Nurse

Shooting Star Children's Hospices
Post date
11 April 2024
Closing date
8 May 2024
Shooting Star Children's Hospices, Christophers, Old Portsmouth Road, Artington, Guildford, GU3 1LP
£35,708.99 - £40,782.90 (pay point depending on experience
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Job Title: Community Nurse

Team/Directorate: Community Team

Salary range/pay band: Band 6 £35,708.99 – £40,782.90 (pay point depending on experience) plus geographical

Reports to: Community Nurse Lead Nurse

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Christopher’s, Guildford and Community based

Job purpose

The post holder will be responsible for providing holistic care and support to children and young people (CYP) who have life-limiting conditions and their families as a key member of the community team. This care is provided in the family’s own home, in the community, and support into the hospices and acute settings.

The post holder will be the first point of contact for families following acceptance to the service and the nurse is responsible for undertaking a holistic assessment of the child and family’s needs. The post holder will provide high quality palliative care to CYPs under the care of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, using their skills and expertise in a diverse range of situations, autonomously and as a member of the community team. The post holder will have excellent communication skills, be a sound educator, and work proficiently.

They will work closely with the SSCH in house team, family support team and symptom management services to ensure a seamless and comprehensive service to CYP and their families.

SSCH care is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of planned and emergency care, including on calls overnight and weekends in addition to contracted hours.

Key tasks and Responsibilities

• Providing professional clinical leadership in the provision of palliative care across care settings for CYP under the care of SSCH.

• To work in partnership with the SSCH care teams and wider MDT, demonstrating excellent communication skills to ensure high quality seamless care.

• To ensure that holistic care is family centred, research based, and meets with all statutory requirements and adheres to clinical governance initiatives and best practice.

• Provide support to CYPs and their families where required through community visits to hospital, home or hospice alongside relevant external professionals from statutory services.

• Maintain an awareness of the multi-cultural nature of the SSCH catchment area, adapting care culturally as required.

• To ensure all documentation is maintained in accordance with SSCH policies, guidelines and standards.

• To act in accordance with the SSCH and statutory Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure.


• To be actively involved with the on-going development of the SSCH care service, in particular the community team, contributing to development through research, audit and quality improvement.

• Provide clinical support and continuity of care to CYPs with palliative needs.

• Work alongside specialist symptom management teams to assess symptoms and provide clinical feedback to form part of decision making under the lead of the specialist services.

• Ability to follow an agreed symptom management plan and liaise with teams to offer high level care in the home as needed.

• Working in partnership with all members of the MDT, encouraging and promoting effective team working from all disciplines within SSCH.

• Attend professional meetings as a representative for SSCH and provide proactive input to ensure high level care for CYPs and families.

• Coordinating transition to adult services when appropriate in conjunction with the transition coordinator.

• Ensure written communication and correspondence is used to communicate with external professionals and services.

• Form part of the community on call service in conjunction with statutory services to endeavour to offer a responsive 24/7 service in end of life care.

Quality / Audit / Research

• Enhancing the interface between the community team and user involvement into the development of the service.

• To share professional expertise with Care Team colleagues, providing support and training where appropriate.

• To work to the SSCH medicine policy and adhere to the NMC guidelines at all times when giving medication.

• Participating in audits with the clinical governance facilitator to maintain and improve clinical care.

• In collaboration with the team, producing and reviewing operational policies and procedures specific to the team.

• Attending the Morbidity and Mortality meeting and having a proactive input.

• To take responsibility for your own lone worker safety, support the team and comply with SSCH policy/practices.

• To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.

• Supporting research activity through service user recruitment and data collection as required.


• Attending appropriate clinical meetings.

• Reporting all incidents and accidents in accordance with local policy.

• Taking prompt and appropriate action if a complaint is received in accordance with SSCH policy.

• Communicating with the MDT, providing case presentation for a unified approach to care for CYP and their family.

• To take a lead on a specific role within the team, for example – transition or medicines management.

• Actively participate in team away days to support with development of the community team.


• To be responsible for your own on-going education and professional development, to facilitate lifelong learning which complies with the professional educational requirements of your training.

• To take responsibility to undertake all required elements of annual mandatory training i.e. Fire Safety, Safeguarding Children, Infection Control, CPR, Moving and Handling.

• To recognise the importance of personal and team support and participate in the informal and formal support opportunities available.

• To act as a mentor to student nurses and new staff and participate in the education and development of colleagues. Sharing professional expertise, providing support and training where appropriate.

• To participate with in-service training programmes both as a recipient and facilitator.


• To value the knowledge, skills and expertise of all team members to maintain an efficient and mutually respectful team.

• To ensure that Team Members and Team Leaders are fully informed of any changes in the family or child’s needs.

• To act as an ambassador for SSCH.

• To ensure the relevant diaries are an accurate reflection of your whereabouts, when working in the community, to promote personal safety.

• To maintain positive and effective communication with other agencies involved with the care of families receiving a service from SSCH. To attend discharge planning, network and review meetings as appropriate.

• Prioritising workload to be responsive to a changeable caseload.

• External communication either written or verbal to update on the community teams input in to CYPs care.

• To participate in the appraisal and personal development mechanisms available.

• Ensure that SSCH policies are complied with and that policy documents are read.

• Report any equipment issues to the community nurse team lead and ensure that SSCH equipment is well looked after.

• Always adhering to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct

• To ensure clinical notes are up to date to ensure colleagues are able to access the most current clinical information.

• Meet the requirements of revalidation and ensure continued registration with the NMC.

• Valuing and participating in clinical supervision and other support opportunities.

• To maintain budgetary awareness and foster effective use of all resources.

• Expectation to carry out any reasonable duty as requested by the Head of Symptom and Community Services and/or the Director of Care

As a voluntary organisation our ambition is to see highly professional services which place life-limited children and their families at the heart of everything we do.

Therefore, capitalising on this opportunity and to achieve this ambition we require that all of our staff share our common values and display behaviours that will enable us to achieve our goal.

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Please note that the appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

For an informal conversation please contact Phoebe Robinson, Community Lead Nurse on 01483 230960.

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