POST :           RSCN/ R Child’s Branch/ RN Learning Disabilities         

ACCOUNTABLE TO:           Children’s Clinical Lead

LOCATION :           Butterwick House        


To play a major role in ensuring the provision of high standards of holistic care to children and young adults within the Hospice and to provide operational management support to the senior team. The post holder will ensure the aims and objectives of the organisation and Care Quality standards are fully met.

All posts whether providing or supporting the provision of our services, allow our mission and values to be upheld.


  • To contribute to the creation and sustaining of a friendly, welcoming and caring environment in an informal nature, minimising instructional practices.


  • To liaise with other professional colleagues to child/young person and relatives; to contribute, where possible, to the development and delivery to high quality specialist pediatric palliative care.
  • To assist with processing referrals and allocation of timely and appropriate care.
  • To promote holistic care by having an understanding of the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the child/ young adult.
  • To take responsibility, as appropriate, as shift leader for the children and family care team, staff, and volunteers, in order to maintain the smooth running of the unit – giving and receiving accurate reports back both written and verbal.
  • When the Clinical Lead is not available, to contribute to the management of the daily operation of the unit, helping to ensure adequate care team cover to meet the needs of the children and families.
  • To act as a keyworker to designated families.
  • To contribute to the provision of bereavement care.
  • To contribute to the quality and best practice initiatives within the Children’s Unit.
  • To maintain awareness of child protection issues and procedures and ensure that they are adhered to in the day to day running of the unit.
  • To promote good communication pathways internally across Butterwick Hospice and with external stakeholders.
  • Ensure appropriate and adequate levels of clinical staffing within the Children’s Hospice which meets minimum operating requirements and Care Quality Commissions standards.
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of each child/young adult accessing the Children’s Hospice.

Quality & Evidence Based Practice

  • Keep up-to-date with national and local developments in relation to paediatric palliative, supportive and end-of-life care.
  • Monitor the practice and effectiveness of nursing actions with regard to patient and staff safety.
  • Ensure risk assessment is completed, updated and agreed action plans have been implemented.
  • Ensure compliance with Care Quality Commission Standards and contribute to providing evidence for the completion of compliance documentation.
  • To participate in regular clinical audit ensuring any actions identified are introduced within the unit.


Education, Training & Staff Development

  • Participate in the induction, training and development needs of newly appointed staff.
  • Support and participate in the training of Student Nurses on clinical placement, ensuring mentors are allocated to students; standards are met and complete the education audit and documentation required by the University.
  • Actively participate in induction programs for nursing and administration staff, taking responsibility for the completion of all relevant documentation including, probationary, preceptorship and leaver reports as required, ensuring all staff are competent and confident in their duties and understand relevant systems.
  • Driving teaching sessions in areas of expertise.
  • Ensure regular competency assessments are performed by all staff.


Generic responsibilities for Front line

Support new and inexperienced members of staff to be familiar with local environment, policies and procedures.

Be familiar with any rota or departmental work patterns and be available for work as required, be flexible to undertake shift changes where the service demands

Complete any records and information systems as required.

Apply good housekeeping principles such as turning off lights and equipment when not in use in order to contribute to reducing unnecessary expenditure


All staff must safeguard the integrity, confidentiality and availability of sensitive information at all times, this includes information relating to patients, individual staff records, colleagues and contracts.  Employees of the Organisation are required to comply with the Organisation’s Principles of Data Protection and Quality.

All staff are required to understand and comply with all relevant policies both Organisation-wide and departmental and to carry out duties in accordance with Butterwick Hospice Care Code of Conduct, NMC, CQC, fundraising information and financial standards and current legislation

All staff are required to take responsibility for attending statutory and mandatory training and identify their training and development needs.

All staff must take responsibility for managing their own health, safety and wellbeing in accordance with the policy and legislation.

All staff will adhere to, and follow good infection control practices and other related policies and guidelines.

All staff has a statutory duty to safeguard children during the course of their duties and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Employees must be aware of what to do if they have any concerns.

All staff will undergo an annual performance assessment and agree on a personal development plan which will ensure that the objectives of the employee, department, and organisation are achieved

All staff are personally accountable for improving and maintaining own knowledge and competence.

All staff will be aware of and support the working practices of any volunteers assisting with the daily workload

Standards of Business Conduct

The post holder will be required to comply with the Company’s Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions and, at all times, deal honestly with Butterwick Hospice Care, with colleagues and all those who have to deal with the Company including clients, patients, service users, and other suppliers and stakeholders.



Post:           RSCN/R Childs Branch/RN Learning Disabilities

Reporting to:           Clinical Lead

Base:           Children`s Unit


This person specification is a picture of the skills, knowledge and experience needed for applicants.  It has been used to draw up the advertisement and will be used in the short-listing and interview process.  The criteria will be assessed during short-listing and interview and it is essential to cover how you will meet short-listing criteria in your application.



Registered Nurse Children`s/ Learning Disability nurse with a minimum 6 months post registration experience x Application, certificates
IT literate x Application
Experience of working with children x Application
Teaching certificate x Application/ certificates
Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes      
Ability to maintain professional standards and excellent nursing care X Interview,
Ability to develop and deliver training as required X Application, interview,
Excellent communication skills X Interview, presentation
Ability to creatively solve problems and show initiative. X Application, Interview
To have effective decision making skills X Application, interview
Excellent time management skills of the post. X Interview,.
Ability to motivate all grades of staff including volunteers. X Interview
Previous Experience      
experience of working within a children`s palliative Care setting– not necessarily in a Hospice setting. x Application
Experience in providing timely and appropriate help, information and advice to families x Interview
Personal Qualities      
Highly motivated with the ability to motivate others and support team members. X Interview,
Approachable and able to communicate well at all levels with colleagues, patients, carers and members of the public


Application, interview,
Ability to work as part of a team x Interview
Self-awareness of own beliefs and attitudes and how these may influence interaction with others.


Flexibility to work outside office hours when required. X Interview