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Paediatric Constipation Nurse

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing date
28 May 2024

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We are seeking a dynamic and committed Registered Children's Nurse to work within our award winning and nationally renowned childhood constipation team.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of an exceptional service that has changed the way children and young people with chronic childhood constipation are managed in South East Kent

You will undertake teaching sessions for nursing students, junior doctors, medical students, GP's, school staff, health visitors and school nurses.

This high quality service is based within the Children's Resource Centre but we support children and young people in all areas of Darent Valley Hospital.

This role is for 22.5 hours a week.

You will need to be flexible in your approach to work and in the hours that you may need to work in the hospital and community, in order that we can provide a service to the children and young people we care for.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a team, lead by a full time band 7 nurse, with a band 3 constipation service coordinator.

You will have the opportunity to develop the service and collaborate with paediatric gastroenterology teams from Evelina Children's Hospital.

The successful applicant will assist with the triage of childhood constipation referrals with a paediatric consultant, streaming the child to a clinician or the nurse led service.

The successful applicant will run independent nurse led clinics for parent's carers children and young people.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1 Responsible for the assessment of the care needs of children and adolescents, and develops programmes of care in relation to the needs of the child and family suffering from childhood constipation

1.2 Responsible for the implementation of programmes of nursing care and evaluation of their effectiveness, ensuring that the care plan provides a continuous record of progress, response to treatment, rehabilitation and nursing care.

1.3 Take responsibility for a defined caseload of childhood constipation patients within the inpatient/outpatient setting under the supervision of the Childhood Constipation Nurse Specialist

1.4 Work in partnership with children and their families in order to support and encourage involvement in their care, thus supporting family centred care

1.5 Take the lead in supporting parents, carers, siblings and other members of the childs support network as appropriate

1.6 Responsible for, and takes the lead in setting and maintaining optimum standards of nursing care, ensuring that nursing guidelines and policies are adhered to within the inpatient/outpatient setting in relation to childhood constipation

1.7 Maintain effective communication with multidisciplinary team members, other hospital nursing and medical staff, general practitioners, community nursing staff and statutory and non-statutory organisations that may be involved with the care of the child and family

1.8 Attend appropriate meetings to include case conferences, multi-disciplinary meetings and ward rounds

1.9 Run Nurse Led Clinics for children, parents and other health care professionals, ensuring compliance to guidelines set out in the NICE guidelines CG99 Constipation in children and young people: diagnosis and management

1.10 Be aware of the spiritual, psychological and emotional needs of the child and their family and endeavours to meet these at all times

1.11 Ensure seamless transition of care from the hospital to home setting

1.12 Act as a source of specialised knowledge and clinical expertise in relation to childhood constipation, to ensure care delivered to a child and family is appropriate, optimum and evidence based.

1.13 Advise on the supply and safe use of clinical equipment to children and their families within the hospital and community setting

1.14 Responsible for, and co-ordinates the custody of all drugs by checking, ordering and administering them in line with Trust policy both in the hospital and community setting

1.15 Responsible for the location of emergency and resuscitation equipment and is aware of procedures both in the hospital and outpatient setting

Person Specification



  • Registration on the NMC register as a Children's Nurse .
  • Diploma or degree in relevant subject .
  • . ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Masters degree or post graduate courses/experience in Childhood Constipation
  • Excellent communicator both written and verbally, communicating difficult and emotive information where there may be significant barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • At least four years paediatric nursing experience in an acute paediatric setting
  • At least two years experience of working with children and young people with constipation in an acute or community setting
  • In depth knowledge of child protection and safeguarding
  • Experience in managing children and young people with chronic constipations


  • Course completed for childhood continence
  • PALS
  • Management experience
  • Previous Band 6 experience

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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