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Kentown Children's Palliative Care Community Nurse Specialist

Job Details

The Kentown Children's Palliative Care Programme has a bold ambition to ensure every family caring for a child with a life-limiting condition can get the right care and support, based around the unique needs of the family at home, so families can make the most of every precious moment together.

If you relish a challenge and have a passion for children's palliative care nursing, this 12 month post will provide a fantastic opportunity for you to realise your potential. We are seeking a compassionate and inspiring individual who has the ability to lead and develop in this exciting project. You will be committed to collaboration and partnership working, demonstrating outstanding people and engagement skills to forge new relationships with public and partner organisations. Working for a large Trust in a new and unique role, you will have the opportunity to make an impact in children's palliative care, work in partnership with two national charities and improve the quality of lives for children with palliative care needs, and their families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a registered children's nurse utilising knowledge and expertise in the care and management for a defined caseload of children with palliative care needs. They will deliver safe, personal, effective and compassionate care to children, young people and their families, ensuring empathy and quality is everyone's prime objective.

They will be part of a team of Kentown palliative care nurses working across Lancashire and South Cumbria leading, developing and coordinating children's palliative care, promoting a holistic approach to care and acting as a resource for multi-agency teams.

As a senior nurse there is an expectation that the post holder will fully participate in clinical and professional leadership, the post holder should inspire, motivate and empower others this will require them to be highly visible and to have an accessible approach for the children, young people and their families. The post holder will play a significant role in theeducation and training of staff, empowering them to care for children and young people and their families when life is limited or bereavement has occurred liaising between community services, hospital and hospices.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of �410m for 2017/2018.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as a Kentown nurse for Childrens Palliative Care , supporting and advising children, young people and their families requiring palliative care, including those families facing the end of their childs life at the time of death and following death.
  • Support children, young people and their families in order to prevent inappropriate hospital admissions and enable children with palliative care needs to be cared for in the place of their choice.
  • To assess and develop plans of care to meet the needs of the child, young person and their families
  • Provide support at home for children and their families, through the mobilisation and coordination of local services
  • Work with children and families to ensure that all families are offered the choice of an advance care plan.
  • Provide information for families which is age appropriate and culturally sensitive.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the environment and Trust processes are responsive to the needs of the bereaved parents and family,
  • To develop and strengthen links with local and regional palliative care networks
  • Support the transition process for young people with palliative care needs into adult services.
  • Act as a good role model, providing effective palliative and end of life care advice, guidance and support to the childrens community nursing team and advice paediatric teams as needed.
  • Lead on the development of guidelines, protocols, pathways, policies
  • Participate in the research and audit process ensuring that childrens palliative and end of life care is endorsed.
  • Provide up to date education and expert advice for other health care professionals including GPs, Health visitors, social workers, school staff and others to ensure they are able to support children and families with palliative care needs .

Person Specification



  • RN Child
  • Independent nurse prescriber or willingness to undertake training
  • Advanced Communication training or willingness to undertake training
  • Degree level or evidence of working at this level
  • Evidence of training in relevant speciality
  • Teaching or mentorship qualification


  • MSc in Palliative/End of life care
  • ILM5 (coaching) or equivalent



  • Significant experience in children's palliative care
  • Demonstrable understanding of both community and acute nursing
  • Experience of advance care planning
  • Experience with training, coaching and supervision for colleagues


  • Experience working with key stakeholders for system wide support
  • Experience working in a leadership position
  • Participation in pathway development

Knowledge and Skills


  • Significant knowledge of Paediatric palliative care nursing including both theory and practical skills
  • Understanding of EHCP's


  • Awareness of Child Death review processes
  • Knowledge of third sector support offered locally

Personal Attributes


  • Compassionate
  • Empathetic
  • Supportive
  • Communication Skills
  • Non-judgemental
  • Innovative



  • Own car and able to use it for work

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Newton Drive Health Centre Blackpool

Newton Drive



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