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Deputy Director of Care

Children's Hospice South West
Post date
26 May 2021
Closing date
23 June 2021
South West (Bristol, Devon, Cornwall)
£54,424 - £61,424
up to 37
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Placing the children and families at the centre of what we do, this a special opportunity to move into a key role reporting to the Director of Care to support the senior care management teams ‘Heads of’ and take the lead for specialist posts within the care team who take great pride and fulfilment in providing the highest quality of service provision for the care of the children and families that use our services.

To be successful in this post you will need to demonstrate leadership and expertise in one or more of the following area’s (there is significant overlap in these areas and exact accountability/responsibilities will be matched with expertise, experience and development opportunities and there will be a requirement to flex between areas, on a needs or development basis, as directed):

  • quality – Risk, CQC, Governance, Safety, Policy & Procedure, Assurance and Compliance, Audit, Family Engagement.
  • clinical – Clinical Skills and Standards, Education, Competencies, End of Life Care at home, Nurse-Led Care, Infection Control, Staff Development.
  • family Support – Sibling and Family care, Bereavement, Clinical Supervision, Safeguarding.
  • operations – Contracts / SLAs, Commissioning, Service Developments, Reporting, Budgets, Grants.

This role requires:

  • extensive successful leadership and operational management experience in providing children’s healthcare services and leading, developing and motivating a large team, ideally over multiple sites.
  • post qualification experience of working with children with life-limiting/life-threatening conditions, chronic illness or other disability in an acute, community, residential or palliative care setting.
  • wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of palliative care practices and palliative care services for children and their families.
  • experience of managing safeguarding issues, clinical audits and evidence-based research and quality assurance programmes.


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. This Care is delivered across three bases Charlton Farm, Wraxall, North Somerset, Little Bridge House, Barnstaple, North Devon and St Austell Cornwall. The CHSW ethos is support the whole family 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.

Benefits of working at CHSW include:

  • ability to maintain NHS pension or join group pension scheme
  • 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
  • continuous training and development opportunities
  • a chance to make a real difference
  • green agenda
  • excellent working environment.

To find out more and arrange an informal discussion with the Director of Care, Allison Ryder, please contact HR on 01271 325270. To apply please visit our website (if applying for part-time please state your desired weekly hours/work pattern).

Closing date for applications: 24 June 2021 Anticipated Interviews: 30 June 2021

CHSW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all employees must obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure. Charity Registration Number 1003314

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