Scotland is leading the way in developing national datasets about children with life-shortening conditions, with two ground-breaking national studies about how many children are affected and where they live.
Most children who die young in Scotland die in hospital, and CHAS wants to be there for all of them. This ambition has led to CHAS working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop a new team at the Glasgow Children's Hospital - the Supportive and Palliative Care Team.
The team will be a first for Scotland, and bring together dedicated nursing and medical staff to provide the best possible support for children who need palliative care at the hospital. The team will be funded by CHAS, and employed by the NHS.
The core team will consist of a consultant in paediatric palliative medicine, two clinical nurse specialists and a team administrator. We have now started recruitment of the consultant - details of how to apply are below. This is an incredible opportunity to support children and families who need palliative care the most and is a major milestone in the development of paediatric palliative medicine in Scotland.
We know that every single person in the hospital pulls out every stop to make the devastating experience of a child dying as manageable as it can be. This new specialist team will work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to ensure palliative and end of life care in the hospital is the very best it can be.
As a consultant, you will be working with colleagues across professions and specialisms, supporting children and families and helping share your knowledge and skills. The Glasgow Children's Hospital is a national provider of specialised care, so you will have influence across the country wherethere are nearly 6,000 children with a life-shortening condition who are in regular contact with hospital teams in Scotland, and many of these children use the Glasgow Children's Hospital.
You will work particularly closely with CHAS's medical team and network, including myself as medical director. In the hospital, you will work with two clinical nurse specialists and a team administrator, and report directly to the Acute Clinical Director. At the hospital, CHAS also supports a joint contract with Consultant Oncologist Dr Diana McIntosh, and employs CHAS Diana Children's Nurse Caroline Porter. We also provide some family support in the neonatal unit. In addition, a paediatric oncology outreach team support families at end of life when there is a cancer diagnosis.
Outwith the hospital, you will get the opportunity to work with medical and nursing staff based in the two CHAS hospices, Rachel House and Robin House. You will join CHAS Grand Rounds with consultants based in hospitals in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and further afield.
We are looking for a dedicated and committed consultant who wants to make a profound difference, so would love to hear from you.
The consultant post is open for applications until 10 May - details are on the NHS Scotland Recruitment portal: https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/_Details.aspx?vacNo=525707
I hope you are as excited by this innovative new team as we in CHAS are. Please do share these details with friends and on social media.
Dr Pat Carragher
CHAS Medical Director