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Paediatric Allergy CNS

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
To provide a comprehensive nursing service within a multidisciplinary team to children and young people with allergic conditions, including: food allergy, asthma , allergic rhinitis and eczema. The post holder will participate in the nursing assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical care, education and support required for both acute and long term conditions across The Whittington Health, integrated care organisation.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work collaboratively with both the community and the acute unit multidisciplinary teams contributing to all aspects of our service which aims to minimise episodes of poor health and promote a philosophy of ambulatory and community care where ever possible.

Teaching and supporting the development of parents, carers, and children and young people's knowledge, understanding and management of their allergic conditions in hospital and community settings will be central to this role.

Following an agreed period of education, training and experience the post holder will work independently and also participate in the training and education of nursing and medical staff and students.

Clinical work will be guided and supported by the senior Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist and the wider MDT allergy team,

The post holder will assist in the monitoring, audit and evaluation of the service to ensure delivery of a cost effective service,that achieves high standards of care and the best outcomes for children, young people and their families

The post holder will be involved in the development and delivery of an immunotherapy service and the ongoing delivery and development of the food and drug oral challenge service in our day care setting.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical Responsibilities

  • 1.1 To assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care for children and young people with atopy and their families, actively seeking evidence-based practice to achieve both good clinical and individual developmental outcomes. This includes assisting with the assessment and care of acute hospital attenders, inpatients and children requiring outpatient or community care as part of the multidisciplinary team.

    1.2 Carry out skilled nursing care, efficiently utilising available resources and evaluating the effectiveness, providing clear and concise documentation. This will include the reporting and recording of any changes in the child or their family and initiating action as required.
    • Facilitate family centred care by providing accurate and appropriate information and support to families, involving them in all aspects of care
    • With appropriate education and training develop appropriate clinical skills for example in health promotion, teaching and assessing families, advanced respiratory assessment, spirometry, skin prick testing, food /drug challenges, and administration of sub-cutaneous and sub lingual immunotherapy
    • Attend and support consultant, GP, nurse and dietetic led allergy clinics in hospital and community settings
    • Assist with the timely admission and discharge of children requiring hospital treatment
    • Work flexibly across the paediatric service when clinically indicated to ensure urgent care is promptly and effectively instigated
    • To assess and advise in the management of children within their home or school environment, who are experiencing disease management problems
    • To undertake other relevant duties and tasks arising from the work of the paediatric allergy team as requested by the senior Clinical Nurse Specialist or in their absence the Senior Clinical Nurse on duty
    • Liaise and communicate with the multidisciplinary and interagency professionals across primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure ongoing support and care of children. Participate in staff and multi-disciplinary meetings as required.
    • Ensure effective communication to nursing colleagues and across the multidisciplinary team. Ensure information is properly disseminated and documented and adequate feedback obtained
    • Adhere to all Trust protocols, policies and clinical guidelines and also contribute to their development, updating and evaluation.
    • Be aware of the social and emotional needs of the children and their families and responds effectively to individuals stress and concerns, seek further expert support for families as required.
    • Contribute to the reporting planning and monitoring of childrens safeguarding and child protection needs

    1.15 Be computer literate and have current knowledge, or a willingness to become competent in the computerised systems used in the organisation eg Medway, EDIS, RIO & Anglia Ice.

    1.16 Provide support and guidance for parents and carers as appropriate, including child protection issues.

    1.17 Maintain nursing records in accordance with NMC Guidelines both electronically and paper format.

    1.18 Participate in evaluating the quality of the service and nursing practice, throughthe mechanism of clinical audit and patient experience feedback.

    1.19 Participate in clinical research and service development projects in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.

    1.20 Work collaboratively with the allergy CNS team and wider MDT to develop and deliver a childrens and young peoples immunotherapy service within Whittington Health allergy service.

    1.21 Work collaboratively with the allergy CNS and day care nursing team to deliver, develop and maintain the safety of the food and drug oral challenge service in our day care setting.
  • Managerial Responsibilities
    • Work closely with multidisciplinary members of the atopy team, including dietitians, nurse specialists and medical staff to promote effective and timely patient care and good working relationships
    • Deputise for the senior Clinical Nurse Specialists when requested.
    • To be responsible to the senior clinical Nurse Specialist for all aspects of work, or in their absence, the named senior clinical childrens nurse on duty. This will include support and guidance in planning, and prioritising daily clinical commitments.

    2.4. Act as an effective role model and practitioner to junior staff. Promoting and maintaining effective, professional communication at all times.

    2.5 Exercises professional accountability in line with the NMC code of Professional conduct.

    2.6 Ensure the safe custody and administration of drugs according to the Whittington Hospital Policy and NMC guidelines.

    2.7 Be the childs advocate at all times.

    2.8 Inform the Senior Nurse on duty/ Matron of any activity which affects patient care.

    2.9 Ensure that all agreed Trust and Directorate policies, procedures and standards implemented are adhered to and maintained.

    2.10 Supervise and support qualified and unqualified staff, particularly in the delivery of the food/drug oral challenge service in the day care unit.

    2.11 Provide support, guidance and counselling to junior nursing staff as appropriate.

    2.12 Report risks, accidents and complaints according to Trust Policy
    • Education Responsibilities

    3.1 Assist in the ongoing education of children and their families about their condition and care. Ensure families have access to appropriate health care resources.

    3.2 Assist in ensuring learners and junior staff receive adequate supervision, teaching and support. Act as a mentor/ preceptor for learners and other junior staff as appropriate.

    3.3 Act as a role model and an educational resource for both nursing and other primary and secondary care professionals caring for children with allergic conditions across the organisation.

    3.4 Participate in induction/orientation, and appraisal of junior staff, helping them to achieve specific objectives.

    3.5 Participate in clinical teaching of nurses, doctors and students and the organisation and delivery of study days with the senior Clinical Nurse Specialists and MDT allergy team.

    3.6 Attend training days and courses as nominated, providing feedback to the nursing team.

    3.7 Ensure own professional development and specialist knowledge is developed and maintained by keeping up to date with changes in practice through attending courses, clinical meetings and reading professional journals.
    • Professional

    4.1 Maintain a professional manner at all times.

    4.2 To be dressed in a professional manner, in line with the Trusts uniform policy.

    4.3 Act in an appropriate manner in all emergency procedures.

    4.4 To observe the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

    Person Specification



    • RSCN / RN (Child)


    • Previous experience of caring for children with allergic conditions
    • Mentorship Qualification

    Skills & Abilities


    • Well-developed general paediatric nursing skills
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

    Knowledge & Experience


    • Experience of working with learners
    • Clear understanding of child protection policies


    • Experience of nursing asthmatic and/ or allergy/eczema paediatric patients

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Whittington Hospital

    Magdala Avenue


    N19 5NF

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