Tŷ Hafan is a beautiful children’s hospice, located on the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan coastline. Covering the South, East, and West of Wales Tŷ Hafan offers a beautiful, newly refurbished working environment set in idyllic grounds a short distance from the metropolitan area of Cardiff.
We are pleased to announce a rare opportunity at Tŷ Hafan, for an experienced paediatric nurse to join our care team as a Band 6- Deputy Lead Nurse. We are looking for a dedicated nurse with passion and enthusiasm, able to lead others in providing holistic family centred care to our caseload of very special and inspiring children, young people, and their families.
About Tŷ Hafan
Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers care, respite and dedicated support to children and young people with life-shortening conditions across Wales. Support is provided to children and their families at our hospice in Sully, in community settings, and in the family home. As a charity we greatly value the input, contribution and commitment of our many volunteers and supporters, without whose support we would not be able to provide the services that we do. Our families describe us as ‘a lifeline’ as we enable them to create precious memories with their children during their short lives, as well as end of life and beyond.
At Tŷ Hafan our care team is dedicated to upholding our vision, purpose, and values, all of which are at the core of all that we do.
Our Vision A Wales where every child with a life-shortening condition lives a fulfilling life, supported with the compassion and specialist care they and their family need.
Our Purpose No family should have to face the unimaginable loss of their child alone. With children and families at the heart of all we do, we provide free care and support in our hospice and in the community, offering a lifeline throughout the child’s short life, at end of life, through bereavement and beyond.
Our Values Demonstrating compassion, Providing excellent service, Working together and Taking ownership.
At Tŷ Hafan our team is very supportive and inclusive, we value individual differences, and understand experience can come from many avenues, therefore it is not essential to have previous experience working in a palliative care environment. Palliative care is defined as the total care of individuals from diagnosis of a life-shortening condition, beyond transition into adult services, or in providing extensive bereavement support. It is important to remember that paediatric palliative care is so much more than just end of life care, Tŷ Hafan holds enhancing quality of life at its very core.
About the Role
As a Deputy Lead Nurse your responsibility will be to provide high quality leadership to the hospice-based care team, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure continuity of care. We are looking for a Deputy Lead Nurse with the confidence and skills to recognise deterioration. You should have the ability to prompt and support evidence-based clinical interventions in line with current protocols, guidelines, regulations and policies. Deputy Lead Nurses should be able to take timely actions including escalation, and reporting of identified concerns, ensuing onward referrals are made in the best interests of the child and their family. At Tŷ Hafan we promote individualised care planning, which goes beyond just clinical tasks. Our staff pride themselves on being able to make a lasting difference, through multiple opportunities we get to know the families well and support what is important to them. Tŷ Hafan’s Deputy Lead Nurses make timely, intuitive and evidence-based clinical decisions as an essential part of their role. Support will be provided through working closely with our wider team of professionals.
Our skilled team provide specialist care for children and young people with a wide range of complex conditions therefore, at Tŷ Hafan your work will be extremely varied, and deeply fulfilling.
As a Tŷ Hafan employee you will benefit from regular professional development opportunities including up to 10 days a year of focused on-site skills development, and the ability to apply for post graduate short-courses or external training programmes. We encourage our nurses to become champions, supporting progression throughout their career, and developing their skills of interest to the benefit of the wider team and our families.
Our new enhanced benefits package includes:
- Unsocial pay enhancements for nights, evenings, weekends and bank holidays (Ranging from +25% to +60%)
- Holiday entitlement of 30 days (rising to 32 days with service) plus Bank Holidays
- The ability to continue an existing NHS pension or to enrol in our Group Personal Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 5
- Life assurance (death in service benefit)
- Wellbeing support and clinical supervision available both on site and through external providers
- Employee assistance program, which provides a range of free services including counselling, financial and legal support.
- Unlimited access to a 24/7 online GP as well as a range of other health experts
- Healthcare Cash Plan – claim back the cost for appointments and treatment such as dental, optical or physio
- Staff complimentary therapy and yoga sessions offered regularly.
- Cycle to work scheme
- Discounted gym membership and shopping discounts
- Subsidised meals, prepared daily by our dedicated catering team
- Free on-site secured parking.
If you are interested in an exciting new career challenge and share our aim of providing specialist and compassionate palliative care to children, then Tŷ Hafan could be the place for you. We would love to hear from you. For further information please see the full job description and job specification, or email Careers@tyhafan.org. Additionally, you are welcome to contact Sian Middleton, Director for Nursing and Clinical Services at Sian.Middleton@tyhafan.org or call on 07482446380 for an informal and confidential chat or to arrange a visit to the hospice.
Tips for applicants- All applications and interviews are reviewed against the current job description and job specification; it is important that you familiarise yourself with these documents before progressing your application.
Successful applicants must be a UK resident with current NMC registration and are subject to the outcome of an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and baring service) check and two satisfactory references.