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Jessie May Children's Nurse

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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The post holder will work within a small care team to deliver community based palliative nursing care. The post holder will work with families caring for children and young people with life threatening and life limiting illness.

The post holder will provide skilled holistic nursing care to children and young people who have complex medical needs within the family home or other environments where respite is requested including hospital based care. The post holder will provide emotional support and advice to the children, young people and parent carers on the caseload, and will be responsible for the planning implementation and the evaluation of individualised care during each respite visit in the absence of the parents or carers. The post holder will also work with the end of life team leader to plan and deliver end of life care to children on the Jessie May caseload. The post holder may have to be available to work on-call overnight and weekends on a rota basis in collaboration with other services across BNSSG.

Main duties of the job

Working as part of the Jessie May care team your main duties will be
  • To deliver a high standard of individualised holistic care and support to children, young people and their families, promoting empowerment, advocacy and partnership.
  • To supervise the child or young person in the absence of their parents or carers.
  • Communicate effectively with all of the Jessie May Care Team.
  • Promote evidenced based practices, which are of benefit to the care of the children on the Jessie May caseload, in accordance with clinical governance guidelines.
  • Undertake all appropriate aspects of nursing care required within the home base setting, development and delivery of additional clinical skills having gained the appropriate training whilst maintaining competency.
  • Be able to manage own workload during a respite visit and office based duties.
  • Have knowledge of and work within UHBW policy and Jessie May Guidelines.
  • Facilitate effective communication with Jessie May colleagues and other partner agencies
  • Work with their line manager to improve services and improve the quality of care to children and young people on the Jessie May caseload.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are met and all accidents and incidents are reported to the line manager

(Cont'd under detailed job description and main responsibilities)

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

(Main duties of the job cont.)
  • Ensure that correct procedures are followed in accordance with UHBW policy and Jessie May Guidelines
  • Work with the end of life team leader and care team to plan and deliver end of life care to children on the Jessie May caseload
  • Provide support and supervision to students and other staff as appropriate.
  • Participate in the implementation of government directives
  • Follow emergency procedures following guidelines for the child or young person receiving car
  • Administer medication prescribed by qualified medical practitione
  • Assist with dressing, undressing, personal hygiene, toileting in a sensitive manner, encouraging the child or young person to be as independent as possible within their capability.
  • Listen to the requests of the child or young person with disability and the parent/carer and whenever possible provide care consistent with their wishes.
  • Listen to the child or young person with disability and the parent/carer and offer emotional support using empathetic communication as appropriate.
  • Keep written records of all care given and observations made in accordance with UHBW policy and Jessie May guidelines.
  • Identify the need for additional emotional support for the child or young person with disability and the parent/carer, and communicate this in an appropriate manner to the care team and externally as required.
  • Recognise the need for specialised bereavement support, especially around the Wishes documents and funeral planning. Maintain communication with the care team and Bereavement lead to ensure the family receives all appropriate support as needed.
  • Participate in service evaluation.

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • RSCN\RN (Child) or equivalent

Skills and Abilities


  • Up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge of The Children Act
  • Extensive transferrable clinical skills
  • Effective assessment skills
  • Committed, enthusiastic and motivated
  • Effective time-keeping
  • Able to work flexibly according to service needs
  • Car Driver, and Mobile in and around the Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, B& NES , Swindon and Wiltshire geographical areas
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Awareness of professional accountability
  • Able to work as part of a team and independently
  • Effective communication & interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of child protection / safeguarding policies


  • Evidence of recent professional development

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience working in a family-centred environment
  • Relevant Post registration experience
  • Interest in working with children & young people with severe complex needs


  • Autonomous / Lone working
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience in palliative erminal care
  • Experience of working with children with severe, complex or special needs
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Jessie May

35 Old School house, Kingswood estate, Brittania Road


BS15 8DB

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