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Children’s Palliative Care Support Worker

Keech Hospice Care
Post date
26 May 2022
Closing date
24 June 2022
Keech Hospice
12.5 and 7.5 hour shifts
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Job Purpose

  • to participate in the individual care and support of children and young people with life limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. and their family
  • to provide care under the direct supervision of or as delegated by a senior nurse in an in-patient or community setting
  • to use skills, knowledge and expertise in a variety of situations and range of settings to ensure the provision of specialist palliative care

Specific Duties:

  • to work closely with other members of the Care Team, recognising and working within own capabilities, but always acting in the best interest of the child and family
  • following an assessment of the child and family’s needs by a children’s nurse and under their supervision, provide support and care to a high standard to the child in partnership with the family in a range of settings
  • carry out/assist with patient’s personal clinical care and record patient observation, in accordance with their care plan
  • engage the child or young person with a range of activities that meet their identified physical, social and psychological needs
  • to understand the use and care of equipment needed to deliver the child’s care in the hospice or home setting
  • to demonstrate sensitivity to the child and family’s needs by providing a sympathetic and listening ear in a supportive manner, offering pre and post bereavement emotional support referring to the senior nurse and/or supportive care services as necessary
  • communicate factual information to patients using reassurance, tact and sensitivity, overcoming barriers to understanding (e.g. language, learning disability, learning difficulties)
  • to be able to act as an advocate, promoting empowerment as opposed to dependence, for children and families as appropriate, facilitating informed choice and opportunity
  • to work within the designated Keech locality team and wider children’s service to maintain effective communication with children, young people and their families, colleagues and the broader multi-disciplinary team
  • liaise with relevant professionals involved in the child’s care across, health, social care and education
  • to be able to respond to the demands of the family in a flexible way; workload is delegated within the team to maintain a healthy work/life balance in accordance with the working time directive
  • ensure written and electronic record keeping is comprehensive, accurate and up to date written and is maintained in line with legislation and organisational standards
  • take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work and cooperate with the Hospice to ensure that statutory and departmental regulations are adhered to
  • partake in weekly planning and multi-disciplinary meetings to ensure efficient delivery of the service


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