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Based in Benfleet, South Essex, Little Havens Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative nursing and supportive care to children & young people (many of whom have learning disabilities) up to the age of 25, living with complex or incurable conditions.
We focus on quality of life, caring for individual physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.
We are looking for a dynamic Nurse to join our specialist Team.
You will have experience in one or more of the following areas:
· Nursing children & young people
· Caring for children and young people with complex needs
· Care of children and young adults with learning disabilities
· Caring for young adults at transition stage
· Palliative & bereavement care
Main duties of the job
Working as a member of the Children & Young Peoples Care Team you will have the opportunity and time to provide 1:1 holistic care for the children (0-25) and families creating a family centred atmosphere.
You will be responsible for the assessment, planning and delivery of care for the children and young people who use our services.
You will meet the needs of children and young people through the provision of nursing care, social activities and outings, in groups and with individual children, helping them to explore new activities and experiences and reach their potential whilst meeting their individual health needs.
You will support and supervise Health Care Assistants, student nurses and volunteers.
You will be supported by our dedicated Paediatric Practice Development Nurse and our team of experienced nurses.
At end of life, you will help to provide compassionate care that focuses on the needs of the child or young person and those of their families, wherever their preferred place of care is.
This is an exciting time to join our team as we are currently redesigning our services to work more effectively with children, young people and their families. We are expanding to provide hospice based services for young people up to the age of 25..
Some of our staff benefits include:
- 33 days annual leave (pro-rata) rising to 38 days with length of service (Including Bank Holidays)
- A recommend a friend scheme with one off bonuses ranging from £125 to £500
- Salary sacrifice scheme for pension and annual leave purchase
- Competitive pension schemes and NHS pension for continuing members
- Learning and Development team committed to personal and professional development, offering a number of education opportunities including apprenticeships
- Life Assurance
- Bluelight Discount Card scheme and Employee Assistance Programme
- Wellbeing sessions
If you have a passion for children and young peoples palliative care, excellent clinical and communication skills, combined with compassion and a commitment to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.
Provision of care
• Responsible for assessing the needs of CYP; assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care following clearly defined policies, protocols, procedures, or codes of conduct and reporting to the nurse in charge.
• Ensure nursing care is delivered to the highest standard and reflects the needs of children and young people.
• Ensure that, as far as possible, family and carers are included in guiding the care provided and can deliver care where it is safe, and they wish to do so.
• Maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Liaise with other professionals working within primary and secondary care settings, regarding care when required.
• Liaise with members of the spiritual care team, to support the individual needs of patients.
• Accountable for adhering to medicines management policies.
• Always act as an advocate for children and young people.
• Provide support for families and other carers, prior to and following a death, involving other agencies or disciplines when appropriate.
• Assist medical staff in chaperoning patients, supporting discussions and management of their care.
• Participate in the education of other professional and non-professional staff in conjunction with the education department.
• Be prepared to mentor students from educational establishments on clinical placements.
• Work as part of a team supporting community hospice services.
Team / Organisational Work
- Be prepared to work in community settings when required.
• Nurture a proactive team culture by actively seeking solutions to problems.
• Foster a good working relationship with all Trustees, Executive and department staff with whom the job interacts.
• Responsible for conforming to the policies and procedures as set out by the organisation, including health & safety requirements.
• Deputise for the Nurse in Charge when necessary.
• Attend staff meetings as required or instructed to do so.
• Communicate effectively to encourage trust and open communication with colleagues, patients, and visitors.
• Record communications and patient information succinctly and accurately in the Patient Administration System, noting any significant information and changes observed and ensure these are acted on if needed.
• Foster positive relationships, contributing to the creation of a welcoming, caring, safe and supportive environment for patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors to Havens Hospices.
• Give to and receive mutual support from, other members of staff as needed.
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other statutory and voluntary agencies, ensuring continuity of patient/family support.
• Liaise with other members of the MDT and pass on information at changes of shift.
• Contribute to patient discussions and meetings.
• Take responsibility, with other team members, for the smooth running of the day-to-day service.
• Make and receive phone calls and use other information-based technology to support effective administration and communication.
• Maintain timely, accurate records using the patient administration and systems.
• To take part in any audit of care services.
• Take responsibility for identify your own on-going educational needs and discuss these with your line manager to achieve those development needs.
• Participate in annual appraisals.
• Take personal responsibility for completing statutory and mandatory training in a timely manner to comply with hospice policy.
• Be prepared to develop skills and competencies that are required to meet the demands of the role as it evolves over time.
• Share knowledge and skills with other members of the team and mentor others as requested.
• Always conduct yourself in a professional manner.
• Abide by legal requirements and NMC statutory codes of practice.
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).