Children’s Palliative Care Support Worker

The purpose of this role is to work closely with the Children’s Palliative Care Nurse Specialist to meet the holistic needs of children and their families who are on the Children’s Palliative Care Pathway by providing unique and individualised care, respite and support to enhance quality of life. This may include facilitating visits to community settings that the child or their siblings would otherwise be unable to access.

hours: 37.5 per week, predominantly Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00

salary: Grade 2 - £35,586.92 - £37,469.00

criteria: You will hold a minimum BTEC/RQF Level 3, NNEB certificate or diploma or equivalent in child and health care. Own transport is essential.

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Role details

This role requires an exceptional person to support the Children’s Palliative Care Nurse Specialist in the provision of care and support in the community for children and/or young people and their families on the Children’s Palliative Care Pathway. You will accept a delegated workload from the Palliative Care Nurse Specialist and Community Children’s Nursing Team Lead. The post holder will be expected to work shifts as requested by the Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, which are predominantly Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00.

With an increasing number of children suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting conditions requiring home based care, it has been identified that there is a need to deliver complex nursing care to children on the Children’s Palliative Care Pathway, and to meet the holistic care needs of the whole family. Such provision will provide support tailored to their individual and unique needs, with a focus towards improving quality of life.  This service will facilitate access of community settings that the child and/or young person would otherwise be unable to access.

Supporting the Community Children’s Nursing Team service provision in this way, will enhance the experiences of families caring for a child and/or young person with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition throughout their journey; from diagnosis or recognition of illness, to end of life and beyond.

Key Accountabilities include:

Having a flexible approach within the Team to in order to meet the needs of the service

To be able to plan activities suitable for child’s age and cognitive and physical abilities that will provide an enjoyable and safe experience in the home, school or community setting

Working collaboratively as a member of the multi-disciplinary team demonstrating /developing inter-agency relationships

Supporting families with memory making and legacies

Having experience and training for Safeguarding Children

Adhering to Family Nursing and Home Care policies and procedures

Maintaining patient and family confidentiality at all times

Maintaining accurate records both in Parent Held records and FNHC Child Health records

Attending and participating in ‘Team Around the child’ plans supported by registrants working within the CCNT

Accompanying parents and child to hospital appointments and meetings – liaising with other professionals and the multi-disciplinary team as required

Assisting Paediatric Support Worker in running support groups, play therapy sessions or information sessions

The above does not purport to be an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to indicate the range and type of duties required. The duties may alter to reflect changing practice within the service

Essentially you have to be compassionate, flexible, empathetic and a team player, demonstrate excellent communication skills with the ability to form good working relationships with colleagues/parents/children and other health professionals. You will have a confident, mature and proactive attitude to work

For an informal discussion about the role contact Polly Axford, Children’s Palliative Care Nurse Specialist on 01534 443623

Closing date for applications Wednesday 1st May 2024

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