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Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust offers care to life limited children and support to families across the diverse community groups throughout the Black Country, West Midlands and Three Counties.

Clinical Practice Educator

up to £36k plus benefits
Permanent
Full Time 37 hours per week
Wythall, Birmingham

We’ve created this role to ensure our quality of care is consistently excellent for every child, every family in our care. Bring your passion for passing on your paediatric expertise and we’ll give you full support to succeed.

About the role
Based at our offices in Wythall you will be part of our Learning and Development (L&D) team, reporting directly to the Care Education Co-Ordinator. You will drive a culture which promotes innovative lifelong learning and encourages reflection in practice. Working closely with each of the 3 hospice management teams, you’ll develop training plans that ensure clinical teams consistently deliver high quality care.

Because this is a newly created role the scope to introduce learning experiences that are as creative as they are cost effective meeting our regulatory requirements and to meet the individual needs for each child.

Beyond design and delivery, there’s plenty of additional responsibility – for example working with our Regional Education Group to inform our overall L&D strategy and liaising with local universities to facilitate student placements. Add to that the satisfaction that comes with supporting life-limited children and their families and it will be hard to find a more diverse and challenging role.

About you
Your career so far has been built on significant clinical paediatric nursing experience and you have enjoyed sharing those skills and experiences with others through both formal and informal training opportunities. If you don’t have a degree (or equivalent) and relevant teaching qualification, you will need to convince us of a wealth of up to date knowledge and training in safeguarding and caring for children with palliative and complex needs/disabilities.

Personally, you’ll need to be an accomplished communicator, a strong negotiator and an analytical thinker. If you’re also well-organised and accountable, you’ll be a very welcome addition to our team.

In return
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package; you can also retain your current NHS pension. We pride ourselves on our support and development structure, so you can be confident that we’ll take care of your CPD, too.

Find out more
If we’ve inspired you to find out more, give Ann Smallman, Head of Care a call on 01922 422500.

Closing Date: 09:00 Monday 3 April 2017
Interviews to be Held: Wednesday 12 April 2017

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Deputy Head Nurse - Worcester

Deputy Head Nurse - Worcester
Up to £38.8k depending on experience plus allowances
Permanent Full Time

Outstanding opportunity to build your existing leadership skills and develop your career. You’ll be working for a highly supportive employer in a uniquely complex and challenging clinical setting, delivering life-changing family-centred care.

About the role
We’ve proudly promoted our current Deputy to Head Nurse, so we’re now looking for someone to work alongside her in this responsible, rewarding role. If you already have experience of running a clinical team and you’re keen to make the most of your leadership potential, we’ll give you all the support and opportunity you need to develop.

That’s not to say that this won’t be a challenge. We have exceptionally high standards – nothing less will do for the life-limited children and families we look after. A positive role model, you’ll lead by example to ensure we consistently deliver high quality care: from organising staffing issues and reviewing care plans to training the team and driving forward improvements. As part of your role you’ll attend management team meetings and deputise for the Head Nurse, adding some valuable senior, strategic experience to your CV.

About you
First, we’re looking for leadership skills we can build on: you’ve shown you can take responsibility for implementing individual care plans and that you can organise and prioritise the work of a team. You have initiative, good communication skills and you understand how to maintain professional boundaries.

Our Worcester hospice is home to a confident, highly skilled clinical team, so you’ll almost certainly need paediatric or palliative experience of your own to command their professional respect. We’re led by children’s needs and operate round the clock, so you should be flexible about working hours and ready to join an on-call rota.

In return
Acorns offers a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current pension. We pride ourselves on our support and development so you can be confident that we’ll take care of your CPD.

Find out more
To find out more, please give Christine Conroy, HR Advisor, a call on 01564 825000 or email her at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk. 
 
As part of the recruitment process, we’ll give you the opportunity to ask questions and, if possible, to see the hospice for yourself.

Closing date for applications:  9am Friday 7 April 2017

Apply Here            Deputy Head Nurse JD March 2017         

 

 

 

Staff Nurse - Birmingham

Staff Nurse (RSCN/RN Child) - Birmingham
Permanent – Various hours (Days and Nights Rotation)
Up to £32k FTE plus allowances (pro rata for part time)

This is no ordinary nursing role. Supporting life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their families in an Acorns hospice is challenging and life-changing for everyone involved. This role for an experienced, qualified nurse will stretch you in a way few others can.

What’s it like working here?
This role that’s as inspiring as it is challenging, offering support, short breaks and end-of-life care to vulnerable children, young people and their families, both in our hospices and occasionally in their homes. Our nurses are part of a supportive, multi-disciplinary team delivering care packages that are tailored to each child’s individual holistic needs – and we’re structured so that you’ll simply ‘have the time to care’.

Each hospice is purpose-built with individually decorated rooms overlooking our gardens. We try to make it as welcoming and friendly as possible – a home-from-home for the children, young people and their families.

Scope to learn
There’s so much scope here to learn specialist skills and we believe that you’ll grow immeasurably, both personally and professionally. We pride ourselves on the development we offer – there’s a range of workshops and courses, both internally and externally led, to support your individual development.

What it takes
Our nurses offer holistic care so you’ll be employing a wide variety of skills. As well as taking care of our children and young people’s day-to-day clinical needs, you could be planning food choices, organising trips or supporting family and friends.   Awareness of safeguarding issues would be advantageous as would palliative care experience. That said, there’s plenty of support here to help you to deal with the situations you’ll face as our clients reach the end of their lives.     

The practicalities
We’re open every day of the year and are fully responsive to the needs of our children and young people, so we will ask for some flexibility and there will definitely be some antisocial shifts.  We offer a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday and pension contributions – and if you’re moving from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension.

Find out more
We understand that this isn’t the kind of role you can instantly decide you want but if we’ve inspired you to find out more, please give Christine Conroy a call on 01564 825000 or email her at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk.

To Apply
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for and you have the experience we require, please apply by emailing an application to Christine Conroy at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk or posting your application to her at Christine Conroy, HR, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6JR. 

Click to Apply                  Staff Nurse Birmingham March 2017 

Closing date for applications:  9am Monday 3 April 2017.

Family Team Worker - Birmingham

Family Team Worker
Selly Oak, Birmingham
up to £34k + excellent benefits,
Full-time 37.5 hours

This role isn’t for everyone.  Championing the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families is challenging and intense work. But, if you’re looking for an engaging new setting for the professional skills you’ve gained in the community, there is no better place than Acorns to work.

About the role
Based at our custom-built hospice in Selly Oak, you’ll join our Family & Transitions team to provide ongoing psychosocial support to families going through the grief and pain of losing a child.

You’ll be an advocate for the children we care for, ensuring high quality, needs-led end-of-life care that’s tailored to them and their families. This ranges from carrying out initial holistic needs assessments and providing a range of face-to-face therapeutic work to co-ordinating additional support for parents, siblings and relatives as they face the grieving process.

The role is as wide reaching as it is rewarding. You’ll liaise extensively with external providers and experts across Acorns, supporting families from diverse cultural and social settings across Birmingham. Some, you’ll get to know over several years. Others could be suddenly admitted for an all-too-brief stay with us. Either way, meeting their needs will be professionally invaluable and personally unforgettable.

What’s required?
This is an ideal move for someone in family-centred social care or nursing in the community. Professionally registered with a degree (or equivalent experience), you’re keen to build on your experience of working holistically with vulnerable groups.

Alongside experience of managing caseloads in a complex multi-agency environment you’ll bring up-to-date child protection knowledge, good assessment skills and the emotional resilience to support families going through loss and bereavement, although previous experience of psychosocial palliative care is not essential. We’re driven by children’s needs, so you should be happy to travel, flexible about hours and ready to join an on-call rota.

About us
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a vital organisation, providing a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. Last year, we supported over 840 children and more than 1060 families. 

You can look forward to a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday, and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension. We pride ourselves on our development and support so you can be confident we’ll take care of your CPD too.

Next…
We understand that this isn’t the kind of role you can instantly decide you want but if we’ve inspired you to find out more, please give Christine Conroy a call on 01564 825000 or email her at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk. 

As part of the recruitment process, we’ll give you the opportunity to ask questions and, if possible, to see the hospice for yourself.

To Apply
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for and you have the experience and qualifications we require, please apply by emailing an application to Christine Conroy at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk or posting your application to her at Christine Conroy, HR, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6JR. 

Click to Apply                 Family Team Worker Job Description 

Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 7 April 2017.

Family Team Worker - Based Worcester, for the Three Counties

Family Team Worker
Based Worcester, for the Three Counties
up to £34k + excellent benefits,
Full-time 37.5 hours

This role isn’t for everyone.  Championing the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families is challenging and intense work. But, if you’re looking for an engaging new setting for the professional skills you’ve gained in the community, there is no better place than Acorns to work.

About the role
Based at our custom-built hospice in Worcester, you’ll join our Family & Transitions team to provide ongoing psychosocial support to families going through the grief and pain of losing a child.

You’ll be an advocate for the children we care for, ensuring high quality, needs-led end-of-life care that’s tailored to them and their families. This ranges from carrying out initial holistic needs assessments and providing a range of face-to-face therapeutic work to co-ordinating additional support for parents, siblings and relatives as they face the grieving process.

The role is as wide reaching as it is rewarding. You’ll liaise extensively with external providers and experts across Acorns, supporting families from diverse cultural and social settings across the Three Counties region. Some, you’ll get to know over several years. Others could be suddenly admitted for an all-too-brief stay with us. Either way, meeting their needs will be professionally invaluable and personally unforgettable.

What’s required?
This is an ideal move for someone in family-centred social care or nursing in the community. Professionally registered with a degree (or equivalent experience), you’re keen to build on your experience of working holistically with vulnerable groups.

Alongside experience of managing caseloads in a complex multi-agency environment you’ll bring up-to-date child protection knowledge, good assessment skills and the emotional resilience to support families going through loss and bereavement, although previous experience of psychosocial palliative care is not essential. We’re driven by children’s needs, so you should be happy to travel, flexible about hours and ready to join an on-call rota.

About us
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a vital organisation, providing a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. Last year, we supported over 840 children and more than 1060 families. 

You can look forward to a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday, and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current NHS pension. We pride ourselves on our development and support so you can be confident we’ll take care of your CPD too.

Next…
We understand that this isn’t the kind of role you can instantly decide you want but if we’ve inspired you to find out more, please give Christine Conroy a call on 01564 825000 or email her at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk. 

As part of the recruitment process, we’ll give you the opportunity to ask questions and, if possible, to see the hospice for yourself.

To Apply
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for and you have the experience and qualifications we require, please apply by emailing an application to Christine Conroy at chris.conroy@acorns.org.uk or posting your application to her at Christine Conroy, HR, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6JR. 

Click to Apply                             Family Team Worker Job Description 

Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 7 April 2017.

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