Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
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Our Nurses are at the heart of the outstanding home-based care we offer to children and young people with life-shortening conditions. This includes short break respite care and urgent care including end of life support. We want our nurses to spend quality time with each child and their family so that we provide truly personalised and holistic care and have lots of fun along the way.
The post will involve working shifts in-house and being part of a service that delivers care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As a result of this the job will involve working unsocial hours including bank holidays, nights and weekends.
From 1st April 2022 all direct care provision and/or close contact roles at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice require full COVID vaccination as a Condition of Deployment. The role of Community Nurse falls into this category.
Main duties of the job
As a Community Nurse you will be expected to be qualified to RN Child with a current NMC registration. You will have knowledge and skills in technical nursing, with assessment and diagnostics skills. You will have extensive knowledge and expertise in caring for children and young people with life shortening conditions in a variety settings.
At Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice we care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions. We are currently supporting around 300 families both in our hospice and in family homes.
Our support services are wide ranging and bespoke to each family including end of life treatment and care, respite short breaks, counselling, sibling support groups, music therapy, home visits and much much more. It costs more than £5m to keep our doors open for families across South Yorkshire and beyond. We receive around 15% of our funding from government sources.
We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- 33 days annual leave with option to buy and sell
- Sick pay
- Health Care Cash Back Scheme
- Free counselling sessions
- Enhanced maternity pay
- Enhanced paternity pay
- Enhanced parental bereavement leave
- Compassionate leave
- Salary sacrifice scheme
- Training & Development
- Free parking on main site
- Subsidised meals
- Time off in lieu
TITLE OF POST: Community Nurse
RESPONSIBLE TO: Community Team Leader
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Head of Care
LOCATION: You will be based at the hospice at North Anston and will be required to care for children across the hospice catchment area within their homes.
JOB PURPOSE: To provide and ensure a high standard of holistic care to children and young people with life limiting and life-threatening conditions alongside the family both within the hospice and in the community.
To support the delivery of flexible and responsive home-based care for children and young people. This is inclusive of short breaks, respite care, urgent care, and end of life support.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Assess, plan, evaluate and deliver high quality nursing care to meet the diverse and individual needs of children, young people and their families.
· Work with other team members to ensure that plans of care are carried out to the agreed standard and are evidence based.
· Identify and escalate significant changes in a child/young person’s condition or well-being, outside area of competence.
· Deliver prescribed end of life care, evaluating child/young person’s presentations/observations and utilising evidence based resources contribute to clinical reassessment.
· Deliver post death care and support to the wider family
· Establish professional relationships with children, young people and their families and members of the multi-disciplinary team, including showing empathy and understanding when communicating complex information where they may be barriers to understanding
· Record accurately using relevant systems.
· Represent Bluebell Wood at external multi-disciplinary meetings presenting the needs of the child/young person and the offer of Bluebell Wood’s service, professionally and effectively.
· Promote working relationships within Bluebell Wood and with service users and families.
· Work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.
· Have up to date knowledge of safeguarding procedures and support referral processes.
· Use clinical knowledge and expertise in deciding appropriate administration of drugs, route to be administered and doses of the drug, within a set of prescribed defined parameters.
· Undertake initial nurse assessment of new referrals received at Bluebell Wood, present outcome from assessment at referral and assessment panel
· To work closely with the Transition Coordinator to identify the transition needs of young adults and their individual bespoke support needs
· Support the development of Advanced Care Plans
· To communicate with children, parent and carers, utilising empathetic or reassurance skills during episodes of crisis, acute illness or deterioration.
· To communicate effectively utilising developed negotiation skills with children, their families and others, where they may be barriers to understanding
· To work in collaboration with other professionals from both health and other agencies
· Lead in the delivery of direct care to a child/young person receiving short break support, ensuring good use of resources and facilities available.
· Be accountable for and supervise the practice of Support Workers.
· Share good practice in order to improve standards of care.
· Learn from the team’s wider range of skills and expertise, offering development opportunities.
· Assist other team members to deliver evidence based clinical care, and be a positive role model.
· Ensure a consistent approach to all aspects of care delivery by following guidelines. policies and prescribed care, recommending changes to advance practice.
· Report all incidents/accidents and near misses in line with reporting procedures to facilitate change and improvements.
· To contribute to the development of policies and procedures and to propose policy or service changes and recommendations to decision makers as needed
· Maintain confidentiality of children, families, and staff at all times
PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
· Develop and maintain palliative care knowledge and skills across a range of procedures and practices including medicines management
· To actively participate in own regular appraisal process and be responsible for own professional development, including identification of own individual needs and professional development needs, and plan to achieve these
· Actively participate in a research and evidence-based culture
· Develop and maintain an awareness of evidence-based practice and current developments in children’s palliative care and the implications these may have for the delivery of care
· Maintain professional development by keeping up to date with current research and developments within the field of palliative care and in accordance with continuing professional development requirements
· Comply with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) ‘The Code’ (NMC, 2015, updated 2018)
· Maintain a high standard of conduct and physical appearance to retain public confidence.
· Maintain confidentiality of children, families, and staff at all times
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
· Attend staff development programmes, including all mandatory training and eLearning as required
· Take an active role in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee and to be responsible for setting and agreeing a personal development plan with your line manager
· Ensure personal and professional development through reflective practice and peer supervision
· Compliance with hospice and Local Safeguarding Children’s Board policies, procedures, and practice
· To follow hospice policy regarding the management of safeguarding concerns
· Communicating and escalating concerns over a child in need of protection or a child in need of support to safeguarding lead, child protection teams or other statutory partners or agencies
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
· Promote equality, diversity, and rights of all, including children, young people and their families, and staff
· Actively promote the consultation of children, young people and families and encouraging their involvement and participation in decision-making
· Ensure that your professional conduct within and outside of the hospice does not conflict with professional expectations
· Maintain and always promote confidentiality and ensure the data protection framework is met
· Maintain standards to reduce the risk of Healthcare associated infections
· Lead and guide staff, providing the support needed to maintain morale and enable them to work effectively
· Support appropriate staff learning and development within the team
All Bluebell Wood employees are required to:
· Abide by the Health & Safety at Work Act
· Adhere to policy and procedures around safeguarding children and young adults.
· Respect confidentiality applying to all Hospice areas.
· Work within Hospice policies and procedures
· Comply with the Hospice no smoking policy.
· Participate in and contribute to team meetings.
· Co-operate and liaise with colleagues.
· Always behave in a professional manner, reflecting and maintaining the values and ethos of Bluebell Wood
All Bluebell Wood employees are expected to:
· Demonstrate a commitment to their own development, to take advantage of education and training opportunities and develop their own competence.
· Support and encourage harmonious internal and external working relationships.
· Make a positive contribution to fundraising and raising the profile of the Hospice.
This job description is not exhaustive. It will be subject to periodic review and may be amended following discussion between the post-holder and employer.
Date of issue: June 2021
Review date: June 2022
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).