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Children's Community Nurse for Sickle Cell & Thalassemia

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
4 May 2024
The Community Children's Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia nursing service is part of an integrated network of services for children in Bexley and Greenwich providing high quality specialist child centred care. The team of specialist and children's community nurses provides highly skilled, nursing care to children and families with Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia nursing needs in their own homes or community settings.

To provide a high standard of evidenced based nursing care for children and young people with Sickle Cell or Thalassemia disease including both acute and long-term care. To ensure every aspect of the child and families experience is delivered in a safe, efficient and evidence based manner.

This is a post suitable for a Children's Community Nurse who should have an interest in or a willingness to develop and extend specialised skills and knowledge. To cover for colleagues' caseloads as required.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure the Specialist Children's Sickle Cell Nursing Service (0-19 years) provides a high quality, evidence based locally appropriate service to families.
  • To identify new theories, policies and guidelines relating to Sickle Cell & Thalassemia, including disseminating research findings and developing local policies and standards accordingly.
  • To take the lead role in developing and implementing a seamless transition of programmes to support early hospital discharge and continuity of care for children and their family with Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia
  • To provide professional and clinical leadership to children's community nursing staff, ensuring that they are engaged with and adhering to local policies, guidelines relating to Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia.
  • To assess nursing care needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of nursing care for children on the case load.
  • To facilitate clear communication with families, colleagues and other community professionals enabling planned care to take place effectively.
  • To act as designated resource to children and their families within the case load /sphere of practice, multidisciplinary professionals and other community services.
  • To develop Clinical Practice Pathways and Guidelines.
  • To be an expert and knowledgeable practitioner within the service ensuring the provision of high-quality evidence-based nursing care for children and their family from diagnosis through to transition to adult services.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide information, specialist clinical advice and support relating to Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia to children and their family.
  • To undertake venepuncture, access central lines/ports, catheterisation and replacement of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) feeding tubes.
  • To act as a resource to other professionals and voluntary agencies involved in the childs care.
  • To be an expert and knowledgeable practitioner within the service ensuring the provision of high-quality evidence-based nursing care for the child and their family.
  • Ensure that each child is assessed, and a specialised single care plan is implemented and evaluated in negotiation with the family and other professionals caring for them and that this is accurately documented.
  • To act as an advocate for the child and family and ensures the provision of appropriate information and relevant support services.
  • To provide support and counsel for the child and family in the home.
  • To work collaboratively with other community professionals and voluntary agencies to safely manage the care of the child in their home or community setting.
  • To work in close partnership with the local hospital CYP Sickle Cell service to ensure that every child experience is coordinated and smooth throughout the patients journey.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Specialist Community Sickle Cell nurse develop, implement and monitor clinical and non-clinical performance standards, taking action as required.
  • Develop and maintain the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil the requirements of role.
  • Manage the implementation and review of policies within the service.
  • Develop and review protocols, policies and procedures which may impact across other organisations ensuring they adhere to National and Trust standards and policies.

Person Specification



  • RSCN or RN Child
  • Mentorship/practice assessors qualification


  • Evidence of professional development



  • Meets experience criteria as per personal specification
  • Experience in complex needs assessing, planning and implementing care plans


  • Experience of joint working with other professionals



  • Experience of teaching others
  • Excellent communication Skills


  • Experience working with children with sickle cell/thalassemia/community

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Acorns, Queen Mary's Hospital


DA14 6LT

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