Lead Nurse for Clinical Outreach – 3-year fixed term contract
This is a role that will stretch your skills as a clinical leader.
You’ll have opportunities to develop your management skills as part of a leadership team who are committed to clinical excellence.
You’ll clearly see the difference your decisions make to children with life-limiting conditions, in their own homes.
And you’ll have an opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of families and professionals in a variety of rural and urban settings.
Research shows that for many families it is important that palliative care is delivered in the locality, close to family, friends and support networks. As a key member of our clinical leadership team, you’ll be a huge advocate for outreach services, promoting equity of services to children who are unable to access Acorns hospices.
Working with other managers at our Hospice in Worcester, you’ll identify opportunities where we can best serve children and their families through outreach work. This could be liaising with NHS ward teams to arrange hospital visits or discharge. It could be providing clinical short breaks in a child’s own home. Or you could be supporting the delivery of therapy or symptom management at home.
Working with other members of the leadership team you will call on your proven clinical decision-making skills to ensure staff with the appropriate skills are allocated to deliver seamless care to children and their families. This includes assessing needs and creating care plans as well as managing the flow of communications between our own teams, local authorities, NHS staff and, of course, families.
What you can add
You’ll need to be a registered paediatric nurse who’s taken clinical leadership responsibility in a previous role. With experience of safeguarding and up-to-date evidence-based practice skills, you’ve shown you can work effectively in the community and that you can sensitively support children and families with complex, end-of-life care needs.
It’s your personal skills that can make all the difference. We’re looking for a positive role model – someone who takes the initiative, sets high standards and leads by example. You’re confident contributing to multi-disciplinary meetings and not afraid to challenge poor practice. Add to that proven IT and organisational skills plus the flexibility to travel around the region and work beyond the normal 9-5, and we’d really like to talk to you.
We offer a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday, free parking, subsidised food and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension. We pride ourselves on our support and development so you can be confident that we’ll take care of your CPD.
You’ve probably heard of Acorns but you might not realise the extent of our work. In the last year, we’ve supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved. We offer a network of specialist care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, across the heart of England, both in their own homes and in our three purpose-built hospices.
Please visit our website, https://www.acorns.org.uk/charity-jobs-with-acorns/, where you can download the job pack for more information and apply.
You need to be eligible to work in the UK to be considered for these roles. Any successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check for children.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020.