CHAS works in joint teams with NHS staff at the children’s hospitals in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. These collaborative teams provide palliative care in hospitals through specialist consultants, nurses, social workers, and family support staff, as well as working closely with medical and nursing teams at Rachel House, Robin House, and our CHAS at Home service, helping to deliver seamless care for children.
Our three Diana Children’s Nurses are senior CHAS nurses based in the hospitals and each work in partnership to provide direct care to babies, children and young people, deliver specialised education to healthcare staff and build the capacity of local healthcare systems to provide palliative care.
I love my job - even in the worst of situations, there is always something positive that can be found. I’ve been a nurse for 36 years with most of my career being connected to palliative care. The families I’ve worked with over that time have taught me so much and I never fail to be inspired by their courage. I'm based at the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow within the Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care Team. We focus on what the goals of care are for each child, young person, and their family. Understanding where these goals of care lie helps us to focus on what is most important to the family at that time, and allows us to concentrate on what a child can do rather than what they can’t.