Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - South West Cleft Service

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a friendly and dedicated team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the South West Cleft Service.

This role has a specific focus on Somerset, West Wiltshire and Bristol based patients and families supported by the Bristol based Lead CNS, working collaboratively with the wider multi-disciplinary team and the families within our care.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, team player, and dedicated advocate for our families. Compassion, a flexible approach, and own transport are essential.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

To be a core member of the multidisciplinary team specialised in the management of the child with cleft lip and/or palate and their families mainly within the Somerset and Bristol area promoting a partnership of care between family and professionals. This is a service spanning hospital and community. The nursing team aims to respond to new baby referrals within 24 hours.

To be responsible for assessing and planning the nursing care of his/her own caseload using evidence-based practice, based on a holistic family approach. This is the regional service for the South West, so driving to make visits or attend local clinics will be required.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Children's Nurse
  • 1ST Degree In nursing or health related subject.-
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing


  • Qualification in Counselling
  • Willingness TO work towards Masters level academic study
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification in clinical specialism

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant experience of working with children and families, ideally both in the community and in hospital
  • Experience of working with children with cleft lip and/or palate
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge, experience and/or training in counselling


  • Demonstration of specialist knowledge in cleft lip and palate, completion of relevant specialist short courses and advanced clinical skills training underpinned by theoretical knowledge
  • Evidence of participation in clinical audit and/or research

Skills and Abilities


  • Mobile to meet travel requirements of the job (car driver)
  • Able to deliver unpleasant news, responding sensitively and utilising good counselling skills, reassurance and empathy where needed.
  • Excellent organisational skills with an ability to work autonomously within the local/wider team
  • Able to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers gaining their co-operation with necessary treatment
  • Effective assertiveness skills in order to advocate child/family and service needs
  • Able intervene appropriately to advise other health professionals regarding the best care of babies born with cleft lip and/or palate, in line with the protocols and practices of the Managed Clinical Network
  • Able to develop collaborative relationships and working practices, demonstarting effective liaison skills with all relevant staff within the hospital multidsciplinary teams as well community teams and outside agencies
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment and after care for patients and families, using judgement and problem solving skills where the clinical and/or social needs are complex
  • Excellent communication skills with all patients, parents/carers and staff, especially verbally but also in writing

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 Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Dental Hospital

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