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Senior Respite Nurse

James Hopkins Trust
Post date
3 May 2021
Closing date
14 May 2021
Based at Kites Corner, North Upton Lane, Gloucester
£29,133 FTE plus shift enhancements
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Do you ever dream of being able to provide bespoke nursing care and spend precious time with a child and their family? If the answer is yes, then welcome to James Hopkins Trust where children are at the heart of everything we do! Why not join our friendly, supportive and caring team of respite nurses and help to make magic memories for life limited and life threatened young children.

Job Overview

As a Senior Respite Nurse you will be responsible for the delivery of high quality clinical nursing care to meet the diverse and individual needs of the children. You will be required to provide clinical leadership to ensure the safe running of Kites Corner and will ensure that a caring, supportive and safe environment is maintained for the children and infants you and the nursing team look after.
Supervising & supporting the Nurses and Health Care Assistants (HCAs), you will encourage staff feedback and involvement in development of care plans and other documentation along with encouraging attendance and participation in staff meetings.
You will have experience in supporting and assessing competencies of nurses and carers and provide regular supervisions to ensure the nursing team deliver outstanding and safe care. This supports James Hopkins Trust’s compliance with CQC & Ofsted’s regulatory requirements. As part of the Senior Nurse Management Team you will be instrumental in the development and progression of an innovative nursing team who are passionate and proud about what they do.
While interacting with the carer or parent you will show the family kindness and compassion as you assess their child’s nursing and care needs, while evaluating the wellbeing of the whole family.
Having an insight and understanding of the issues facing families where there is a child with a medically fragile condition will help you to deliver exceptional family centred care, either at our respite centre or in families’ homes around Gloucestershire.

Skills we are looking for in our Senior Nurse:

  • a Registered Nurse qualification and hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • have experience managing and assessing junior nurses as well as leading shifts.
  • have a teaching, assessing or mentorship qualification.
  • self-motivated and can work either independently or as a team player.
  • experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings, preferably a community setting.
  • understand the importance of working confidentially.
  • be available to work shifts to cover a 24 hour period seven days a week, in both term and non-term time.
  • have a willingness to attend any training appropriate for the role.
  • be flexible and adaptable to a number of tasks.
  • be part of the Senior Respite Nurse ‘On Call’ rota.
  • a caring, empathetic and resilient person with excellent interpersonal skills. You are somebody who cares passionately about creating magic memories for the families and children we support, whether it be a simple act of kindness or helping with hosting fun events for the whole family.

About us

We are proud to have been able to provide free nursing respite care to hundreds of life limited and life threatened young children and their families for over 30 years. We are the only registered charity in Gloucestershire to provide this level of care, day and night, either in the family home or at Kites Corner, our multi-sensory respite centre and gardens.

If you are interested in this role and would like to be part of our team, please contact Susannah Pomeroy on 01452 612216 or email for an application pack.

Due to the nature of the role an enhanced DBS will be required. James Hopkins Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and actively encourage applications from anyone who is suitably qualified.

Closing date for applications is 14th May 2021

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