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Clinical Director

Children's Hospices Across Scotland
Post date
8 November 2021
Closing date
6 December 2021
Kinross or Balloch
Aligned to NHS Scotland Terms and Conditions of Service per annum (pro rata)
Permanent/ 5 – 8 PA sessions per week
Contact email

Do you want to lead an incredible clinical team delivering paediatric palliative care in CHAS?

Due to the retirement of our Medical Director in the summer of 2022 we are seeking to recruit a Clinical Director. You will strategically lead and inspire our team of Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Independent Prescribers to deliver high-quality palliative care in two children’s hospices, and CHAS at Home. You will play a key role in the care of children across Scotland with palliative care needs through excellent multi-agency working with colleagues in other settings across Scotland.

“The death of a child has serious and lasting effects on the parents and other family members, effectively for the rest of their lives. Any attempt to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life in the final days or weeks, must not only be good for a child but, in the fullness of time, be helpful to those left behind” – Dr Pat Carragher, Medical Director, CHAS.

About the Role:

  • we support around 400 children with palliative care needs and their families every year
  • day to day work leading the clinical care of children resident in our hospices
  • we work very closely with NHS teams in every health board in Scotland
  • part of multiagency meetings on a regular basis
  • 3 Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs)
  • 6 Trainee ANPs with further investment to come
  • lead Specialist Pharmacist
  • family support team offer outstanding holistic care
  • excellent nursing team across hospice and community
  • strong clinical and professional development
  • clear medical on-call policy and standard operating procedures
  • contributes to the support for out-of-hours care by working a 1 in 4 aspiring to be a 1 in 5 on-call rotation for the out-of-hours periods

We are keen to hear from candidates who wish to perform this role as either a principal or portfolio role.

About You

You will be committed to working with children who have complex medical care needs, and their families, proven through your experience of paediatrics, palliative medicine or general practice.

You will be able to provide clinical expertise and support the development of the CHAS Central Care services team including the Children’s Hospice Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Lead Pharmacists and Independent Prescribers.

You will be able to provide high-quality teaching to all health care professionals contributing to the provision of paediatric palliative services in the hospital and community where relevant.

CHAS does not hold clinical responsibility for children who are not residents at a CHAS hospice. However, increasingly families are being offered choices of place of care at end of life and CHAS may be part of the multi-agency team around children and their families. You will have the opportunity to be part of that collaborative team around the child approach.

About CHAS

We provide a stimulating, friendly, intimate workplace where you will be a lot more than “just a number”. As Clinical Director you will be leading a team that delivers high-quality clinical care to babies, children and young people who have complex health conditions, alongside the heartbreaking reality of a terminal diagnosis.

At CHAS, we promote a healthy work/life balance with 35 days annual leave, increasing to 40 days after five years’ service (pro-rata). We also offer access to a CHAS or NHS pension scheme and superb training opportunities. A negotiable relocation package may be offered to support candidates meet the financial demands of relocating for employment with CHAS.

For more information see our website at

Further Information and How to Apply

It’s important for both of us that we get this right. For an informal discussion about this position, please contact Danielle Harley on, who will be happy to arrange a conversation with our Medical Director to explore the post further.

To be part of the future of CHAS, apply today by completing an online application at

For any queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact our HR Team on 0131 444 3293 or by emailing

These posts are subject to Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership.

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