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Senior Community Children's Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024
This is a 6 month contract to cover secondment. The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and delivery of evidence based nursing care in the community setting to a caseload of children/young people aged 0-18 years.

The children on our caseload have a variety of chronic and acute conditions requiring nursing intervention and support such as enteral feeding, long term ventilation, CVAD care, and complex symptom management including palliative and end of life care.

Main duties of the job

You will be working collaboratively with the child/young person, their parents/carers and the multi professional team around the family (Including interagency working).

Use of enhanced communication skills to promote good working relationships are required in order to facilitate the best outcomes possible for the child/young person.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure professional skilled nursing care is provided to patients within the community/home setting and adapted to meet individual needs.

Working within the multidisciplinary team and across partner agencies to develop good relationships with the families, children and young people to maintain high standards of care at all times.

To provide holistic care to the child and family ensuring that timely referrals are made to other agencies as necessary.

To provide clinical expertise by setting standards in the assessment of patients care needs using agreed protocols within the scope of the service.

To provide clinical expertise in providing education and support for the children and families in the community setting.

To provide holistic care to the child and family ensuring that timely referrals are made to other agencies as necessary.

You will deputise for the Lead Nurse in her absence, regularly provide management in the day to day running of the service and provide supervision to junior members of the team and mentorship to students in training.

Our core service hours are 08.00-18.00 Monday Friday, working contracted hours as a shift pattern of early shifts 08.00-16.00 and late shifts 10.00-18.00 across the working week. The post is for 22.5 hrs worked over 3 days.

The service supports children and their families during end-of-life care and flexibility of work practice to be able to support these times is necessary- working flexibly across a 7 day service, including unsocial hours and on call on occasion when required.

Note: Duties do not include provision of respite/short break care in the home setting

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • RN Child/RSCN or equivalent
  • Recognised training in Teaching/Assessing
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Degree level Nursing qualification
  • Training in Children's Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Advanced Communication Skills training or equivalent
  • Leadership training

Knowledge and Experience


  • 'Post qualification paediatric nursing experience, preferably within Community Children's Nursing or other relevant setting
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding procedures
  • Experience in children's palliative care
  • Experience in interfacing with multi-disciplinary team
  • Has knowledge of current issues for the speciality
  • Computer literate


  • Experience of delivering training to parents/carers
  • Awareness of SEND strategy
  • Experience in risk assessment and lone working
  • Experience of End of Life care for children

Skills and Abilities


  • Confidence in varied clinical skills to include enteral feeding, administration of intravenous therapies, administration of injections, wound care, CVAD competencies
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to deliver care in a variety of sometimes physically demanding settings
  • Means and ability to carry out visits across the West Northants area in a timely manner


  • Understanding of the application of leadership skills
  • Experience in developing and supporting varied programmes of teaching and assessing

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Flexible and approachable
  • Able to cope with highly emotive situations
  • Act as a positive role model
  • Ability to work flexibly across a 7 day service, on occasion when required for End of Life care.
  • Able to meet the needs of a diverse community.


  • Motivation and enthusiasm for the clinical speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Cliftonville Road



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