An established and successful charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) provides hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their families in the South West of England. CHSW has three hospices Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall. CHSW delivers services to children and their families who have a palliative care need and meet the agreed referral criteria. The CHSW ethos is support the whole family making the most of short and precious lives and our current delivery model includes care wherever the child is when they need it most including care at the hospice base, at home and virtual support.
Children’s Nurse (RSCN/ RN:Child)
• Charlton Farm, near Bristol
• £29,342 – £34,622 per annum, pro-rata -plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
• Permanent, 32 – 40 hours per week (dependent on preference), worked on rotating shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays
Join our team of nurses for a rewarding career – 98% of staff agree that they are proud to work for CHSW
This is an exciting time to join us as we are investing in growing our nursing team to reflect our adapted ways of working and focus on staff and service development, as we begin to move forward in light of the challenges COVID has presented. We are also working in partnership with regional providers on an exciting and innovative project to enhance the choices available to children/young people and their families for end of life care in the community. This role will be part of the project and provide palliative care and nursing expertise, including the on-call roster.
“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 unique 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 professional relationships with 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 resilience, palliative, end of life 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, home or virtually.
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 and helping the children experience the wonders of the sensory room.
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, 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.
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 866600.
To apply and find out more about the job, please visit our website www.chsw.org.uk
NOTE: when applying please include a full CV with employment history with education/training information and also upload your supporting statement in addition to your CV (if you have any difficulties with this, please contact HR on firstname.lastname@example.org)
Closing Date: 07 August 2022
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