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Children's Hospice South West
Post date
27 June 2021
Closing date
11 July 2021
Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon
£50,002 - £63,342
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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. Little Bridge House delivers services to children and their families who have palliative care needs and meet the agreed referral criteria. The CHSW ethos is to support the whole family making the most of short and precious lives 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.

Are you an excellent communicator, motivated and passionate about children’s palliative care?

Little Bridge House is the North Devon based hospice one of three hospices supporting children across the South West for Children’s Hospice South West. As an organisation we are committed to child-focused care that supports the whole family. We currently deliver care in the hospice, at home and virtually ensuring that we can respond to children and families when they need it most.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic clinical service leader to have a key influence on making a difference to the lives of children with life-limited conditions in this (CQC) Registered Manager post at our Little Bridge House hospice.

The Head of Care is responsible for ensuring support and service standards are of the highest quality, keeping the child at the centre of everything we do, delivering individual care, supporting families throughout their journey from referral including end of life and bereavement support. The post will also ensure that the whole service is well-led, accessible and reaches as many children and families as possible delivering the highest quality of services. This includes direct clinical care (both emergency and routine/ongoing support), family support including bereavement services, sibling support and music therapy. The running of the hospice including kitchen, housekeeping teams and the administration requirements for services coordination to business reporting and regulatory requirements.

This requires:

  • embedding positive leadership, communication and teamwork across the team with clear escalation when senior support is required.
  • establishing clear working relationships with the different team members including the medical director, clinical and administration and facilities teams.
  • ensuring that the team are empowered to lead on the delivery of aspects of the service or business requirements with oversight and support from the Head of Care.
  • ensuring that every role in the care team workforce has clear effective line management in place monitoring wellbeing, performance and professional development.
  • supporting seamless integration and positive teamwork between each group and layer of the team at Charlton Farm and with the other two hospice bases to ensure a collaborative Children’s Hospice South West approach.

To be successful you will be/have:

  • Qualified RGN/RSCN with significant leadership experience of managing successful teams.
  • Strong demonstrable motivational leadership skills including effective change management experience.
  • The commitment and ability to champion the values and behaviours of Children’s Hospice South West delivering our services reflecting the ethos of the organisation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of children and families with palliative care needs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the regulations, standards, policies and governance requirements to deliver a care service in the UK.

Benefits of working at CHSW include:

  • the opportunity to maintain NHS superannuation or join our 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 please and arrange an informal discussion with the Director of Care, Allison Ryder, contact HR on 01271 313091.

To apply please visit our website If applying please ensure the required CV contains comprehensive career and qualification history.

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2021 Initial anticipated interview: 23 July 2021

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