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Paediatric Continence Specialist Nurse - Child Development Centre

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Working within the Specialist Nurse Led Children's Continence Service, coordinating medical, psychology, nursing and administrative colleagues, to provide tertiary level care in Children's Continence.

Working across boundaries and with all levels of health professionals and agencies ensure integrated care for children with continence difficulties influencing care management pathways based on best practice.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

'Relocation package may be available'.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the Lead Nurse in the ongoing operational management of the Bladder and Bowel service within the Child Development Centre.
  • In conjunction with the Lead Nurse ensure the continued provision of high quality care to all children through staff education, governance and professional development.
  • To act as an expert in Paediatric continence, co-ordinating care pathways and developing the service to meet national guidelines and standards.
  • To co-ordinate the multi-professional approach in the provision care for children who have continence difficulties.
  • Facilitate transition from hospital to home, school and into adult services.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensuring the efficient and effective provision of care, advice, education and support to children andfamilies in their own home or other community settings.
  • Assist the Lead Nurse for Community Paediatrics with future service development by identifying service need, evaluating priorities, service analysis.
  • Ensure the effective use of resources within the Continence Service.
  • Undertake project management as agreed with Lead Nurse for Community Paediatrics and the Service Line Manager
  • Contribute to the co-ordination, collation and analysis of health data regarding children and young people within the CDC.
  • Responsibility for the line management of staff within the Continence service.
  • Implement and facilitate the appraisal system in line with the knowledge and skills framework
  • Co-ordinate annual leave requests for continence team staff, making provision for cover in times of absence in accordance with trust guidelines and ensuring that the current service provision is maintained.
  • Management of staff sickness within the team and escalating any concerns in line with trust policy.
  • Initiate and participate in the recruitment process within HR and recruitment guidelines
  • Promote and ensure the provision and delivery of the highest quality of care for children and their families including the establishment of quality standards and implementation of quality initiatives.
  • Maintain an active role in all aspects of clinical governance including clinical audit, management of complaints, incidents and risk.
  • Ensure Health & Safety and Fire policies are complied with. Maintain a clean and safe environment, ensuring appropriate use / maintenance of equipment.
  • Ensure that the training need analysis are carried out and implemented as necessary and that all mandatory training is kept up to date.
  • To problem solve, and respond appropriately to both personal and professional matters as they occur.
  • As an autonomous practitioner manage a caseload of children with continuing medical/nursing care needs, ensure that through the ongoing assessment process their continuing needs are met.
  • Prioritise and undertake visits to children and their families at home or in other community settings to deliver appropriate care / intervention.
  • Work autonomously with own patient caseload as lead clinician for the continence service, have a clear vision how service provision should develop, continually evaluating differing modes of treatment and service delivery.
  • Ensure provision of nurse led clinics, for the safe and effective management of children including
  • Assess childs health status, including medical history, physical examination, and social history admitting to inpatient wards and discharging from follow up as appropriate.
  • Make a diagnosis, plan and implement individual patient care management ensuring that all staff involved in the childs care are aware of this information.
  • Order /interpret investigations, laboratory tests, x-rays and act on results as appropriate.
  • As an independent nurse prescriber, prescribe and administer drugs as required
  • Refer on to other health professionals as necessary
  • Using evidence based practice ensure that the children and their families receive the appropriate individualised care as necessary
  • Act as an expert resource in all aspects of childrens continence, providing advice and support to patients, families, health professionals and other agencies eg education / social services / acute paediatrics
  • Act as a mentor to both junior staff and students ensuring that their training and learning needs are met.
  • Lead on clinical survey, research and audit programmes as indicated.
  • Undertake the role of Child Protection (CP) Supervisor, ensuring regular individual and group CP meetings providing advice and support to staff in relation to their direct contact with families. Liaise with the Trust Named Nurse for Safeguarding as appropriate.
  • To develop and maintain an informed awareness of safeguarding children to protect the welfare of children.
  • To work in close collaboration with practitioners and service managers to ensure effective working practice across all agencies.
  • Initiate, lead and co-ordinate common assessment framework meetings for children in need of multi-disciplinary agency and safeguarding support providing reports for and attending conferences and courts as requested.
  • Lead on the tertiary biofeedback service. Assess appropriateness of referrals, programmes and efficacy of treatment.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Proven evidence of recent demonstrable experience in children's nursing in a similar role
  • Current and up to date demonstrable experience of nursing children with bowel and bladder problems


  • Community demonstrable experience



  • NMC 1st Level registered nurse RSCN / RN Child Branch / RLD with paediatric demonstrable experience
  • ENB 998, MiPPs or equivalent
  • Child Protection Supervision training
  • CAF training
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • Non-medical prescriber or willingness to undertake


  • Proven evidence of working towards Higher Education - MSc

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to communicate sensitive information

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Child Development Centre

Scott Business Park



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