“Happy, amazing, special and fun” are perhaps not the first words that spring to mind when you think of a children’s hospice but this is exactly how our families describe our hospices. Matched by our staff feeling “proud, rewarded and making a difference” by working in this special setting, this is perhaps a quite a different nurse role to what you might have expected.
Do you have experience in caring for children with life-limiting conditions, complex needs or chronic illnesses? Are you looking for a nursing role that will enable you to develop your skills but also gives space and time to build personal relationships with the children and young adults you care for? Do you want to work in team environment but know you are directly helping to make a difference?
If so, this incredibly fulfilling role is for you. A position where you can directly support putting children and families at the centre of all we do and directly help make the most of short and precious lives.
At Children’s Hospice South West we provide respite, palliative and bereavement care for children living with life-limiting conditions. Our small, experienced care teams work on a one-to-one basis, having the time to build very special relationships and the unique opportunity to help families create lasting memories whilst they are at the hospice and between visits.
The children and young people you will care for have very complex health needs, enabling you to not only develop your clinical skills, including for example long-term ventilation and provide hands-on clinical care but there is also plenty time for lots of fun! In fact, we encourage it – such as splashing and laughing in our hydrotherapy pool, playing ball games in the soft play, being creative in messy play, helping the children experience the wonders of the sensory room and going on fun days out.
Hours are worked on rotating shifts (up to 12.5 hours) including nights, weekends and bank holidays, with enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working. Although we are unable to provide fixed shifts, we aim to be as flexible as possible in shift patterns to enable staff to have a good work/life balance.
Working as part of a friendly team, Charlton Farm offers a beautiful, homely, well-equipped workplace within a supportive environment where you will be recognised as a valuable individual member of the care team. 96% of our staff strongly agree that they enjoy the work they do at CHSW and we value our staff and offer an excellent working environment with an enthusiastic and committed team.
Benefits of working at CHSW include:
- ability to continue your NHS pension
- free onsite parking
- generous holiday entitlement which increases with service
- enhanced sick pay scheme
- family friendly policies
- occupational health, wellbeing and counselling services
- group life insurance scheme
- training and development opportunities
- a chance to make a real difference
- green agenda
- meals whilst on shift
This fantastic opportunity will give you the chance to explore the wonders of the South West, whether you are already located here, you are a returner or looking for a different way of life; the South West offers a high quality of life and great leisure opportunities. These environmental attractions are matched by the excellent reputation of the highly successful Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as an organisation and local employer. A relocation package may also be available.
If you are not sure about what it is like to work in a Children’s Hospice or the precious service we offer our children and families, please look at our website. Meet Lorraine one of our Team Leaders https://www.chsw.org.uk/story/meet-lorraine, be inspired by our family stories https://www.chsw.org.uk/about/inspiring-stories or view our quality report https://www.chsw.org.uk/about/publications/quality-accounts
Or to arrange an informal chat or visit to Charlton Farm, please give our HR Team a call on 01275 866627.
Closing Date: 11 October 2021
CHSW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all employees must obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Charity Registration Number 1003314