Clinical Nurse Specialist
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
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Are you a childrens registered nurse committed to the delivery of childrens palliative care?
We are expanding our team and have exciting opportunities for you to join us in meeting the needs of children, young people and families. A career at Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice is an incredibly rewarding one as you are able to make a real difference to the lives of children living with life limiting conditions. Everyone works together, supporting each other, to ensure that we seize every opportunity to create memories to treasure for every child and their family.
Main duties of the job
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced registered childrens nurse with experience in palliative care and symptom control to join our established team, working both within the community and in the hospice. The successful applicant will be or working towards being an independent non- medical prescriber to ensure complex symptom management can be delivered to children and young people.
The role requires flexibility to cover a 24 hour on call rota.
To fulfil the role effectively you will be enthusiastic with a commitment to developing the knowledge and skills not only of yourself but other care staff and agencies we work in partnership with.
You will have a high level of clinical expertise to provide specialist advice and support to children and their families with palliative care needs. You will be required to work both autonomously and as part of the team.
You will have a flexible approach to work showing dedication to developing the service both within the hospice and in the community ensuring that our children, young people and their families are at the centre of the care provided.
From 1st April 2022 all direct care provision and/or close contact roles at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice require full vaccination against Covid-19 as a Condition of Deployment. Your role as Clinical Nurse Specialist falls into this category.
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
10 August 2022
£47,181 a year
TITLE OF POST: CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST
ACCOUNTABLE TO: DIRECTOR OF CARE
JOB PURPOSE: To provide specialist level palliative care and support to children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families living within our catchment area of South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
To provide a point of contact for palliative care, symptom control and management issues for professionals and teams in health, social care and education services.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The post will work both within the community and the hospice, providing support to children, their families and colleagues.
The post holder will work alongside colleagues to provide 24-hour care, seven days a week.
The post holder will sit on the hospice Senior Care Leadership Team. They will contribute to governance, including the writing of policies, procedures, audit and research and the delivering of training and education.
To line manage the associate clinical nurse specialist.
- Undertake clinical assessment and to plan, deliver and evaluate holistic and evidence based specialist nursing care to children and young people with life limiting conditions, as an integral part of the hospice interdisciplinary care team.
- Act as an independent prescriber within scope of professional practice, prescribing a range of medicines.
- Act as a point of contact for symptom control and palliative management advice for children and young people, in the full range of settings (home, hospital, hospice and school).
- Develop and maintain specialist level palliative care knowledge and skills across a range of procedures and practices including medicines management.
- Participate in the 24/7 on call service, working collaboratively with the on call doctors and senior nursing colleagues to provide an on call support to hospice-based care services and community based complex symptom management.
- Provide clinical advice and support to health, social care and education sector professionals, ensuring a coordinated interdisciplinary, multiagency approach to the provision of palliative care for children and young people.
- Develop, review and evaluate comprehensive symptom management plans (including CYPACPs), coordinating and supporting their implementation and use across agencies and Teams that children access.
- Use current evidence-based practice to deliver quality palliative care in collaboration with all colleagues.
- Facilitate the links between the hospitals, community teams and Bluebell Wood Hospice, providing a coordinated system of referral, to maximise continuity of care for children and their families, including supporting the smooth transition of young people into adult services.
- Network at local, regional, and national level.
- Represent the hospice at the child death overview panels and share associated learning with the care team.
- Effectively communicate information accurately and timely to support effective team working.
- Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the Care Team, Family Support Team, Senior Care Leadership Team, and the Medical Team.
- To be an advocate of and role model for Bluebell Wood’s values.
- Provide support, advice and guidance to the Care Team.
- Attend regular meetings as appropriate contributing positively to discussion and debates for shared decision-making.
- Act as practice supervisor and assessor (mentor), participating in and supporting the professional development of colleagues and students.
- Liaise effectively with other professional agencies, as appropriate.
To work at least one day per month on the Care Floor as a part of the Care Team to provide holistic care for residents.
Care Lead Management requirements:
- Work as part of the hospice Senior Care Leadership Team to develop and embed a culture of innovation, personal development and continual service improvement within the care team and wider organisation.
- Establish effective communication with relevant individuals and groups, including key members of the hospice, the locality community nursing teams, service users, other hospices, members of the Yorkshire and Humber Children’s Palliative network forum and relevant statutory and voluntary organisations.
- To be an active member of the Hospice Clinical Governance Committee and allocated governance subcommittees
- Participate in the effective recruitment and retention of care staff, working closely with the Care Management Team and ensure appropriate support, supervision, and regular appraisal of hospice associate clinical nurse specialist.
- Lead on the development and effective implementation of organisational policies and guidelines as required.
- Provide clinical teaching within the hospice and to agencies we work alongside.
- Empower and encourage staff to reach their potential.
- To work closely with the Director of Care, Education and Quality Lead, Head of Care and Clinical Educators to identify areas of need within the hospice and support the learning of the Care Team to enable them to deliver a quality service.
Personal Professional Development
- 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 the development of a research and evidence based culture.
- Adopt a positive and reflective approach to personal and professional development, participating constructively in the annual appraisal process.
- 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 level of professional standards 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.
- 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.
- Ensure personal and professional development through reflective practice and peer supervision.
- Compliance with hospice and Local Safeguarding Children’s Board policies, procedures and practice.
- Following 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
- Supporting equality, diversity and rights of all, including children, young people and their families and staff.
- Actively promoting the consultation of children, young people and families and encouraging their involvement and participation in decision-making.
Health and safety
- To comply with health and safety policies and ensure compliance by others.
- Taking reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
- Ensuring that all members of the team are aware of, and adhere to, current policies regarding infection control at all times. Ensuring an awareness and observation of Fire and Health and Safety Regulations.
All Managers of staff at Bluebell Wood are expected to:
- Take part in inductions for new team members and for staff returning from long absence.
- Lead and guide staff, providing the support needed to maintain morale and enable them to work effectively
- Supervise your staff members appropriately in their day-to-day work and actively work to recognise the work that they do
- Carry out regular 1:1s and schedule team meetings as appropriate
- Undertake annual appraisals with your staff members, assisting them in the preparation of Personal Development Plans
- Support appropriate staff learning and development within your team
- Communicate effectively with your team
- Play a role in the recruitment of new staff within your area, once appropriate training has been given
- Manage sickness absence fairly and effectively
- Manage performance issues fairly and consistently, taking advice from the HR team where appropriate
- Ensuring that your professional conduct within and outside of the hospice does not conflict with professional expectations.
- Ensuring the respect, dignity and rights to privacy of children, young people and their families as far as possible.
- 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
- Current NMC registration (RN Child, RSCN or equivalent)
- Educated to master level OR evidence of study at this level
- Independent non-medical prescriber (V300), or currently undertaking the course
- Community nursing registration qualification (RHV, DN Cert, School Nurse or CCN)
- Palliative care qualification
- Post graduate management qualification
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Ability to develop a high degree of clinical credibility amongst peers in field
- Evidence of advanced communication skills including proven ability in conflict management
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of clinical leadership and team building skills
- Good organisational and administration skills
- IT Literate, including the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
- Excellent teaching, facilitation and presentation skills
- Excellent knowledge of key recent developments in the field of palliative care
- In depth knowledge of professional accountability issues and scope of professional practice
- Comprehensive knowledge of clinical governance and the ability to ensure that practice is clinically effective.
- Strong analytical skills and creative approach to problem solving
- Knowledge and experience of delivering clinical supervision
- Knowledge and understanding of children and young adults health needs in a racially and culturally diverse population
- Knowledge and experience of conducting research/audit
- Demonstratable understanding and application of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) framework
- Experience of leading advanced care planning with families and peers
- Experience of developing and sustaining relationships across networks, settings and sectors
- Registered Childrens Nurse with previous experience working at senior clinical level
- Extensive experience of symptom relief/palliative care
- Demonstrable experience in case-load management or working at a specialist or advanced clinical level
- Demonstrate experience in developing new services
- Leadership of safeguarding approaches and supporting a team in developing
- Experience of leading clinical audit, evidence based research or quality assurance programmes
- Evidence of regular post qualifying continuing professional development in relevant fields
- Experience of delivering care to children and young adults with complex health needs within a palliative care setting
- Dynamic, enthusiastic and persuasive personality
- Have a proactive leadership style
- Fully committed to the aims and objectives of Bluebell Wood Hospice
- Fully committed to the pursuit of personal success and organisational excellence
- A positive approach to team working, underpinned by an understanding of its value to an organisation
- Good attention to detail
- A commitment to promoting equality of opportunity
- A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development
- Legally entitled to work in this country
- Willing and able to travel extensively to meet the needs of our children, young people and their families
- Car driver with access to a reliable vehicle and business insurance cover
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
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Head of Care
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