Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Cleft

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a inc. HCA
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Are you an experienced paediatric nurse with an interest in Cleft? Are you a resilient and innovative practitioner? Do you enjoy supporting children and families from birth to transition? Would you enjoy managing a caseload and liaising with external networks and community services to provide specialist support and increase outcomes?An opportunity has arisen for an experienced paediatric nurse to join our multidisciplinary cleft nursing team as a band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).We are looking for an organised, innovative and resilient individual to work as part of a dynamic team providing education, training and support from pre-birth throughout the cleft pathway, to families under the care of the South Thames Cleft network. This includes providing telephone, face to face and email advice, home and hospital visits, pre and post-operative support and attending MDT clinics. You will be supporting families in hospital, in their own home and those returning to the hospital for clinical review and outpatient clinics. You will also liaise with other services within the Trust and across the network to deliver co-ordinated holistic care.

Main duties of the job

As a CNS you will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team working together to deliver this specialist service. You will often be the first contact for families with a new cleft diagnosis. This role is based on site at the Evelina London. Due to nature of this role access to a car is essential.

You must be willing to train in order to attain skills required for the role such as the diagnosis of a new cleft conditions in new-born babies, feeding assessments and ongoing specialist feeding support, management of nasopharyngeal airways (NPA) in hospital and at home. Pre-operative and post-operative assessment and other specialist skills required for the role. You will be an expert communicator and educator, able to manage complex situations and support children and families. You must have a genuine interest in cleft conditions and significant background experience in general paediatrics. Some knowledge and experience of caring for surgical patients especially those with adjuncts such as NPA's desirable but not essential.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

At Evelina, we are reminded every day of how important life is, and how important it is to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff as they balance of responsibilities in and out of work. We are committed to supporting flexible working we want to support you to work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Part time working is available.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and creating a sense of belonging and fun for all our teams caring for women, children and families as we continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs, we recognise the huge benefit of our workforce being reflective of the diverse communities we serve.

We are committed to supporting the professional development of staff, and have excellent training and educational offerings. Recognising that looking after babies, children and young people is incredibly rewarding, but can also bring challenge we offer amazing resources to help support our staff's emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be well supported by the team Matron and wider experienced CNS team. The CNS role provides both clinical and professional leadership to junior clinical nurse specialists within the service in order to facilitate and improve clinical standards. You will ensure that all children are treated with compassion, dignity and respect, placing value on the diversity of the local community and beyond. The CNS role also ensures that the child's experience is of the highest quality inspiring child, family and public confidence. This will be achieved through high visibility, accessibility and surveillance.

Please note: this role will be based on site at the Evelina London Children's Hospital. Although London based you will be required to travel across the region on occasions to manage newly diagnosed babies. This role will also play a large part in developing the transition services within the team.

Additional to your contractualhours,once competent you will be expected to partake in the 1:7 on call weekend rota.

If this sounds like you or you would like further information please contact us:

TanyaGill (Surgical Matron) on 07796787376

Or via email

Advert closing date: Sunday 3rd December 2023

Interviews will be held face to face: Week commencing 11th December 2023

Person Specification

Qualification & Knowledge


  • Registered children's nurse
  • Mentorship course
  • BSC nursing
  • CNS experience


  • Leadership course or evidence of leadership development
  • Masters Degree
  • Experience of community working
  • Cleft or specialist post graduate study

Values and behaviour


  • Values and behaviour



  • Experience of undertaking audit / research based nursing practice
  • Experience of caseload management
  • Cleft patient experience


  • Experience of managing patient transition
  • Experience of community working
  • Experience of surgical nursing



  • Evidence of good written communication skills and ability to utilise basic clinical IT applications,
  • Is able to effectively present information to professional teams
  • Is able to provide evidence of good clinical and leadership skills
  • Is able to work unsupervised & motivate self and others


  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex data and findings
  • Experience of Cleft patients

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St.Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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