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Neonatal Complex, Palliative & Bereavement CNS Sister

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

To lead and facilitate the provision of emotional and practical support to infants and their parents on the Neonatal unit who require complex, palliative and end of life care. This will also include providing support to families in the antenatal period.

To be a key worker for these families and provide on-going and continuing support and facilitate family centred care across maternity, Neonatal and Paediatric services.

Main duties of the job

  • The specialist nurse will provide an experienced liaison route for all professionals in the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working in collaboration to achieve consistent care for this group of babies and families
  • The specialist nurse will receive referrals (antenatal and from other units) and make direct referrals to doctors, GP's, HV's, Community Nursing Teams, children's hospices and other Allied Health Professionals
  • The specialist nurse will ensure early identification of appropriate babies for transfer, ensuring they are cared for in the most appropriate environment. This will include the smooth transition to other services such as Paediatric unit whilst liaising and working closely with internal and external MD
  • Responsibility for reporting of neonatal deaths to the MBRRACE Register and the Child Death Overview Panel and oversight of neonatal death reviews (Perinatal Mortality Review Tool) along with the designated neonatal consultant

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be one of the top performing and safest trusts in England. We have two main acute hospital sites--Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, plus our award-winning clinics across North West London and beyond.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate. We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To support families through the period of diagnosis, and where there may not be a diagnosis. To act as an advocate for families whilst also empowering families and encouraging parental participation
  • To visit families at home where appropriate, following discharge or the death of a baby. Support families in a nurse led clinic
  • To take an active role in the Neonatal Mortality& Morbidity meeting, ensuring all babies who have died have been discussed in a timely manner and have had their Perinatal Mortality Review Tool outcome completed and submitted
  • To take an active role in the weekly Perinatal Integrated Multidisciplinary Service (PIMS), maintaining the database working closely with the Fetal Medicine Midwif
  • To ensure the MBBRACE data and the database for deceased babies is accurate, regularly updated and is in accordance with national guidance and the Trust risk management team
  • To promote communication between primary and secondary health care providers and Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the non-statutory sector of Specialist Palliative Care services

Please see attached job description and person specification to this advert for further details.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Child/Adult)
  • Post-graduate certificate or diploma
  • Post registration qualification relevant to area of speciality or equivalent Neonatal intensive care qualification> 3 years
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification
  • Current NLS
  • Significant neonatal experience following specialist neonatal training
  • Wide variety of clinical experience
  • Experience of excellence in leading all/part of a clinical team in practice
  • Highly developed verbal, Non-verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of teaching and supporting learners/new staff ect
  • Proven clinical knowledge linked to area of speciality and excellence in care delivery
  • Proven knowledge of safety issues through clinical governance and risk management
  • Excellent communication skills with patients, relatives, staff and external contracts including in challenging situations, demonstrating respect and kindness
  • Awareness of current issues and NHS reforms
  • Evidence based knowledge of current clinical and professional issues related to Neonatal Palliative and End of Life care


  • Master's degree or working towards one
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience in Neonatal Palliative Care
  • Experience in Neonatal bereavement support
  • Experience of risk management/assessment
  • Demonstrates desire to implement new ideas

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea and Westminster NHSFT




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