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Family Support Nurse

Rainbows Hospice
Post date
16 April 2024
Closing date
14 May 2024
Homebased and Community
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Here at Rainbows Childrens Hospice, we are growing our outreach services. We want to bring the Rainbows’ experience to families, wherever they are located within the East Midlands not just at our Hospice in Loughborough. Bringing the care and facilities into family homes and through community hubs.

If you can demonstrate you have experience working as a nurse with babies, children and/or young people with palliative/complex care needs and can provide families with emotional and/or bereavement support then we would like to hear from you!

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful Family Support Nurse to provide family support according to individual needs. Within this role you will carry out holistic and clinical assessments of babies, children, young people, and families on your caseload, as well as oversee all caseloads held by family support workers within your location.

As a Family Support Nurse, you will provide families with emotional support from the moment they are referred and throughout their bereavement. Including providing information when needed, signposting to other agencies and liaising with other professionals on their behalf. You will also hold the responsibility of directly line managing Family Support Workers holding caseloads within your location.

This role will require you to work and travel within the areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire, both inner city and rural outskirts depending on where the families are located, as well as to Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough for team meetings and events.

Hours of work would be 37.5 (full-time) between Monday and Friday with some Saturday working on call and for any events such as Open Day.

Our benefits:

In addition to Agenda for Change pay scales, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Eligibility to join blue light card discount scheme.
  • Bupa Cashback plan.
  • Life Assurance.
  • 27 days holiday.
  • Plus, bank holiday allowance but expectation to work bank holidays in this role.
  • Free access to our Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Access to occupational health.
  • Opportunity for current NHS pension scheme members to transfer their membership.

About the Role:

To support the Families on your caseload within the identified locality of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire.

Some of the key responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • To undertake the initial holistic assessment of babies, children, young people, and their families, newly referred, for suitability of accessing family support service and/or other hospice services.
  • To provide ongoing clinical and holistic assessment and specialist palliative advice.
  • To act as a resource and provide knowledge, support and information to the family support workers and wider family support team.
  • To ensure that babies, children, young people, and their parents are empowered through information and understanding of their rights and options to access services required.


As an experienced Nurse, you’ll need to be a qualified RSCN/RN (Child Branch)/RNLD/RGN with post registration experience working with babies, children and/or young people with palliative/complex care needs. It is essential that you have experience working with families, offering emotional and/or bereavement support as well as effective communication skills.

It is desirable for the ideal candidate to have experience in managing their own caseload and direct line management as this role with require you to manage a team of Family Support Workers and oversee their caseloads, providing support and guidance where needed.

It is essential for you to have your own mode of transport as you will need to travel across the areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire, sometimes to rural locations of Family’s homes with no access to public transport.

For further information about this role and the responsibilities please contact Sam Herrett (Family Support Lead) on

To apply for the role please click ‘apply now’ to complete an online application form. If you require an alternative method of applying or would like to discuss reasonable adjustments further, please contact the people team at

This role is subject to an Enhanced/Basic DBS (Disclosure and barring Service Check) and pre-employment checks.

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