Pediatric Nurse

Douglas Macmillan Hospice


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Job overview

Dougie Mac (now united with Donna Louise Trust) are currently looking to recruit registered childrens nurses/learning disability nurses for our Childrens Hospice, who share our passion in providing excellent, personalised and compassionate care to children and their families.

At Dougie Mac our vision is to be admired as a centre of excellence for palliative and end of life care. Our many different services provide children, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, at home, or here at the Hospice

Main duties of the job

The right candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills, a motivation for continual learning and sharing of knowledge, with the drive to ensure our patients receive the highest possible standard of care. You will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team where opportunities exist to develop palliative care expertise and undertake funded degree or masters level study after 6 months.

This role will be full time/part time. Please state your preference on your application. Please read the job description (below) for further details.

If you would you like to be part of our friendly, supportive team delivering high standards of specialist palliative care which endeavours to go the extra mile in supporting our patients and their families, then we would love to hear from you.

About us

Dougie Mac is an open-culture organisation, underpinned by clear strategic aims, vision and values. The Hospices many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support ensuring that all are supported as they face death, dying and loss.

By joining Dougie Mac, youll be part of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to delivering person-led, responsive and cost effective services of the highest quality. And youll be supported in your role to develop your skills and those of the people you work with. Staff at Dougie Mac are well-motivated, with professional development pathways, and given opportunities to be reflective in their roles through supervision, reflective practice and supportive line management.

The Hospice offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a contributory pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, funded study, free parking, Paycare and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary:

To work as an autonomous practitioner in assessing, implementing and evaluating nursing care to children, young people and families served by the Trust.

Work in partnership with other professionals and agencies to provide planned child and family focused care.

To act in an advisory role to other professionals and staff from other agencies in respect of palliative care for children and families.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Train and assess competence of Care Support Workers

Acting as a role model within team, motivating staff and setting an appropriate example

To contribute to the training, education and support of a range of both medical and nursing students on clinical placement with the Trust.

Co-ordinate annual leave and sickness records in the absence of Team Leader

Responsibility for patient care

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate plans of care for children in partnership with child, parents/ carers and other professionals

Provide effective care, treatment and management within the hospice and/or community setting

To ensure all documentation is complete and kept up to date in accordance with Trust policy

Liaise with healthcare and social care professionals across organisations to ensure an integrated package of care and support designed to meet the specific needs of the family, is delivered and co-coordinated.

Ensure care delivered is delivered to predetermined standards

Work in partnership to actively involve parents/carers and children in the implementation and evaluate of care plans.

Provide information for children, young people and families, giving clear ongoing information as the childs illness progresses, ensuring that parents are facilitated to maintain control and make informed decisions relating to the care of their child.

Responsibility for Resources

Promote the safe and effective use of equipment and resources

Inform and liaise with Team Leader in regard to resource needs, including skill mix

Have a good knowledge of equipment available and process of appropriate equipment supply.

Strategic and service responsibilities

Attend meetings relevant to post and on behalf of the Team Leader or Organisation

Implement changes to established practices and/or policies

Participate in service development under direction of Team Leader and Director of Care.

Participate in and conduct audits of service in partnership with team leader.

Deputise for Team Leader in their absence

Ensure practice is clinically effective and evidence based

Responsible for own professional development

Contribute to the development and provision of a safe, effective and efficient service

Dougie Mac Values:

Our mission is to deliver excellent CARE to people approaching end of life.

Compassion - Working together by considering the views of others, understanding the challenges they face and providing support.

Accountability - Takes personal responsibility for our actions, owning our decisions and behaviours.

Respect - Always trusting, listening and challenging each other. Understanding that we are at our best as individuals whilst working as a team.

Excellence - Embracing excellence by empowering and motivating each other to be the best that we can be.

Standard Requirements of all Dougie Mac Staff:

To be flexible and adapt to the needs of the department and your team

To maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to data protection policies at all times.

To observe and maintain security procedures.

Exercise responsible stewardship of hospices resources at all times.

Attendance at meetings events and activities may require the post holder to work beyond the normal hours / days of work quite regularly flexibility is essential.

To have an understanding and demonstrate regard for the Hospice philosophy and its functions.

Travel in the Stoke on Trent / North Staffordshire area, and on occasions within the UK, to attend participate in training and personal development opportunities, using own vehicle or public transport, for which expenses will be met in line with policies in the staff handbook.

To maintain an effective and collaborative working relationship with other members of staff and volunteers.

Conform to conventional standards of business dress when representing the hospice.

To accept temporary redeployment within any part of the hospice should the need arise and to ensure hospice goals and objectives are met.

Safeguarding is everyones responsibility. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an employee, you are expected to follow the Hospices Safeguarding Policies and report any concerns in accordance with those policies.

Safety Health Environment (SHE):

All employees must familiarise themselves with the Hospice Safety Health Environment (SHE) policies, processes and procedures and act in accordance with them at all times. Employees must ensure that they conduct themselves in a manner which does not endanger their own health and safety or that of others.

All employees have a duty of care to promptly report any near misses, dangerous occurrences or accidents whilst at work in line with the relevant Safety Health Environment procedures

All employees should attend mandatory Safety Health Environment training sessions annually/periodically for defined activities etc and ensure that they follow the processes and procedures as outlined in the training

Any breaches of the Safety Health Environment Health standards will be dealt with under the DMH disciplinary procedure.


The hospice expects all staff to work to the highest standards. The quality of care provided by every member of staff is paramount.

All employees must

familiarise themselves with the policies and procedures relevant to their role.

ensure that they are competent to carry out their role.

All employees are responsible for the management of risk: they must

Attend mandatory training;

Report incidents when things go wrong and provide evidence that they have learnt from the experience;

Record all adverse comment made by patients and their families; as well as customers, donors and the wider public.

Raise concerns when they see any unsafe practice within your place of work.

This job description is intended to be the main guide to the principle duties and responsibilities of the post. It should not be seen as an exhaustive, inflexible document. The employee shares with the employer the responsibility to suggest amendments as necessary to meet the changing needs of the hospice and department.

Person Specification

Other Job Requirements


  • - Need to be available to work weekends and flexibly to provide services 24/7.
  • - Ability to drive is highly desirable due to the community aspect of this role

Skills & Knowledge


  • - Awareness of Equality & Valuing Diversity Principles.
  • - Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection Act.
  • - National policies and the wider agenda in relation to children.
  • - Child Protection, safeguarding and consent
  • - Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance, research and audit.
  • - A wide ranging knowledge and understanding of the needs of Children with life limiting conditions and their families and the services available for them
  • - Knowledge and understanding of palliative care, loss and bereavement for children.
  • - Competent in carrying out a wide range of clinical skills
  • - Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • - Planning and organisational skills.
  • - Negotiation and problem solving.
  • - Able to define own personal boundaries and professional behaviour
  • - Effective communication/ inter-personal skills
  • - Credible clinical experience, with post qualification experience working with children with life limiting/life threatening conditions in an acute, community, residential or palliative care setting.
  • - Committed to delivering high standards of evidence based practice.



  • - Experience of partnership working across agencies including social care, education and the voluntary sector.
  • - Experience of working in a skill mixed team of staff
  • - Experience of working with children with additional needs, physical and / or learning disabilities
  • - Experience of working with children and families with complex and /or palliative care needs



  • - Registered Childrens Nurse RNCB/ Registered Learning Disability Nurse RNLD (If RNLD it is essential to have relevant recent experience in caring for sick children or children with additional needs)


  • ENB 998 or C&G 7307 or equivalent.
  • Childrens Palliative Care qualification

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Douglas Macmillan Hospice


1 Grace Road



Employer's website

Date posted

25 March 2021

Pay scheme



£28,000 to £32,500 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

1 Grace Road



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