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Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Palliative Care

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Post date
26 May 2022
Closing date
6 June 2022
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Band 7
37.5 hours
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Join our incredible team of Rainbows Nurses to deliver specialist palliative care to babies, children, young people and their families across the East Midlands. Rainbows Hospice for Children and young People is a ten bedded unit based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. We are a large multi-disciplinary nurse led team.

The demand for this specialist care is increasing and is more important than ever so we are seeking to appoint a Band 7 nurse to work alongside our existing team to deliver holistic, family centred, end of life, palliative and short break care for children and young people (aged 0 to 25 years) These children and young people often have complex needs and some are ventilator dependent. We also provide care to our children and young people at home. Our Family Support Team offer emotional and bereavement support for the whole family.

If you are a Registered Paediatric Nurse we would like to hear from you. You will have experience in both paediatric and palliative care nursing. We would like a Palliative Care qualification or a willingness to work towards one. Proven leadership skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to demonstrate high standards of clinical care are essential, as well as evidence of continuing professional development within the last 12 months.

You will act as a resource and provide training to the multi-professional teams to influence palliative care, symptom management and end of life care development across the region. You will be part of the Senior Nurse on call rota.

Key Responsibilities

  • to provide holistic specialist palliative and end of life care nursing assessment of children, young people and their families with highly complex needs, identifying priorities of care, implementing strategies in order to deliver this care and evaluation to ensure the maintenance of clinical excellence
  • to liaise with and be a resource to the medical teams across all specialities, attending meetings as required
  • to work collaboratively with other clinical team leaders/specialist nurses/ family support/ward based staff across the hospital, hospice and community to deliver a safe and effective service which makes best use of available resources
  • to ensure excellent palliative and end of life care is available to all families including those in hard to reach groups, provide all children, young people and families with relevant and accessible written information regarding palliative care
  • to facilitate appropriate timely transfer or discharge from hospital at end of life
  • to support the establishment and maintenance of effective mechanisms for clinical governance and continuous quality improvement in clinical practice
  • to maintain compliance with, and development of internal and external policies, procedures and guidelines
  • to ensure child/ young person/young adult/ parent or carer involvement in the delivery of services to ensure that feedback informs service developments and improvement in quality
  • to act as an advocate for children/young people and their families in collaboration with the wider multi-disciplinary team
  • to lead and contribute to ethical/clinical decisions in the interest of children and their families where protocols/precedence may not be identified
  • meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of individuals. Understand a range of communication methods and styles that could help meet and individuals communication needs, wishes and preferences

In addition to NHS matched salaries, we offer a range of benefits including a health cash plan, and, as we are a directional employer, the opportunity to continue with your NHS pension.

All positions are subject to an enhanced and barred DBS check.

Closing date 6th June 2022

Interviews on 17th June 2022

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