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An Alexander’s Nurse: a unique opportunity to make a difference

We asked our team of nurses what makes their job so special. Here is what they said…

Alexander Devine staff

It's about personal connections

“As an Alexander’s Nurse, the human element of care takes centre stage. We make real connections with the children and their families, it feels like such a privilege to be a part of their lives. Being welcomed into their homes and being there for the good and the hard times.”

It's about having time

“Every child is so unique. I relish the time to explore the things they are passionate about so that I can provide individualised play and care experiences. It is also knowing that I have time to sit with a parent, child or sibling and be present when they need our help.”

It's about trust

“Building strong relationships that create trust – trust that we will provide the best care for their precious child, trust that they can leave their child safely, trust that we really care and are invested in their child having a great time, trust that we will be there no matter what.”

It's about making life a little easier

“It might be giving exhausted parents a little break or perhaps being able to guide and fix problems so as to avoid unnecessary or painful hospital trips. We can be there to help when they need us and make coping just a little bit easier.”

It's about the variety

“No two days are ever the same, whether I am in the hospice, in the community, at schools, in hospital or in the family homes. My job is creative, fun, caring, varied, engaging, exciting and so very rewarding.”

It's about the opportunities

“It is such a privilege to be able to give experiences to children who may be limited in what they can access. It is why I especially love doing hydrotherapy and seeing the children so relaxed and happy in the water and be able to move much more freely.”

It's about the small things

“I do this job because the smiles and hugs from the children are worth their weight in gold”

It's about more than clinical

“We are not just there for the clinical, our care supports all the needs of the child.”

It's about the team

“Our team is special. The support, love and care everyone gives each other is phenomenal. There are tough days but we are all there for each other.”

Creating moments that matter: a career that makes a real difference 

Our Founder Patron, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE spoke with our Director of Care, Helen Bennett to find out more about the valuable work Alexander’s Care Team undertakes and the real difference it makes to the lives of the children and families supported by our children’s hospice service.

Our current vacancies

Be part of a dedicated and passionate team that makes a real difference to the lives of local children and families.

Band 6 Nurses

£32,739 to £40,006 per annum

We are looking for Band 5 and 6 nurses who have worked with children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions, and their families. You will need to provide a flexible approach to care, with excellent clinical and communication skills.

Working in Alexander’s Care Team offers a unique opportunity to provide quality respite and end of life care for children, young people and their families in the community and at our hospice in Maidenhead.

This is an outstanding opportunity in a fresh environment where you will benefit from extensive training and development opportunities, clinical supervision, and a full induction period within a supportive and rewarding organisation.

For an informal discussion, please call Helen Bennett, Director of Care, on 01628 822777.

For an application pack, please email fayd@alexanderdevine.org

Band 5 Nurses

£26,197 to £32,080 per annum

We have exciting openings for nurses (Child or Learning Disability) to join our team. We are looking for Band 5 nurses with experience of caring for children with complex needs, and their families. You will need to provide a flexible approach to care, with excellent clinical and communication skills.

Working in Alexander’s Care Team offers a unique opportunity to provide quality respite and end of life care for children and their families in their own home and at our hospice in Maidenhead.

This is an outstanding opportunity where you will benefit from extensive training and development, clinical supervision, and a full induction period within a supportive and rewarding organisation.

For an informal discussion, please call Helen Bennett, Director of Care, on 01628 822777.

For an application pack, please email fayd@alexanderdevine.org

Band 3 and 4 Carers

£19,993 – £22,005 per annum (Band 3), £22,708 to £25,272 (Band 4)

This is a great opportunity to join our growing team at Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Working as part of Alexander’s Care Team, you will provide holistic care and support to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families across Berkshire.

Our Alexander’s Carers assist Alexander’s Nurses with caring for children, providing short breaks, respite and end of life care in the community and at our hospice.

If you hold a Nursery Nurse qualification (or equivalent) and experience of dealing with children with additional needs then we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please call Amelia Parker, Team Leader, on 01628 822777.

For an application pack, please email fayd@alexanderdevine.org

Band 4 Nurse Associate

£22,708 – £27,522 per annum

Full time (37.5 hours per week), although part time working may be considered

This is an exciting new opportunity to join our growing care team where you will be using your skills to support and complement our existing team. Based at our Hospice in Maidenhead, you will care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and their families, both at the Hospice and in the community.

You will be a Registered Nursing Associate who is enthusiastic, motivated and committed with excellent communication skills. You will work independently under the leadership of our Registered Nurses in all aspects of nursing care and be willing to be flexible in your duties to meet our service needs.

For an informal discussion, please call Amelia Parker, Team Leader, on 01628 822777.

For an application pack, please email fayd@alexanderdevine.org


Project Manager - Managed Clinical Network

Band 8a, 22.5 hours per week, with a salary of £47,967 per year (£28,780 pro rata)

Are you experienced in establishing networks and implementing collaborative ways of working across multi-disciplinary teams? If so, the part-time Band 8a Project Manager role could be for you!

We are looking for a determined individual with an understanding and experience of working across systems to join us as a Project Manager for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire (BOB) Managed Clinical Network. Your experience of delivering projects against competing priorities and deadlines, while also directing the work of teams and/or individuals, will greatly benefit you in this role.

As an innovative thinker with the ability to work autonomously, you will be trusted and empowered to monitor the coordination, data management, influencing, networking, communications, consultation, and administration of the Network’s project workstreams.

This role provides a unique opportunity to work with a steering group to develop and establish a Managed Clinical Network across BOB. You will support a way of working that integrates health services with community partners and other statutory services to truly support all areas of a patients’ wellbeing.

We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working. We are passionate about nurturing and developing people and would be happy to discuss your developmental opportunities.

For further details, please contact Helen Bennett, Director of Care on 01628 822777. For an application pack, please email fayd@alexanderdevine.org

Closing Date: 16 February 2023

A special place to work

Whether you are supporting children and families in our care team, helping to raise vital funds or working within our support team, Alexander Devine can offer a very rewarding career. 

Alexander Devine is an extraordinary place to work and we are proud of all our staff who make a real difference to the lives of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications to join our team from qualified candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, disability, sexuality or religion.

If you are interested in joining Alexander Devine but don’t see any current job opportunities that suit your skills and experience, we would still love to hear from you!

You can either call or email Warren King, our HR and Wellbeing Director, on 01628 822777 or warrenk@alexanderdevine.org

A rewarding place to work

Finding ways to recognise, reward and support every member of our team is important to us. Interested in working for Alexander Devine? Here’s four big reasons why you will want to join our charity…

The amazing people that work here – Very simply, the team at Alexander Devine makes our charity such a unique place to work. To quote one of the young people that we support: “If I had to summarise what makes Alexander Devine so special, I would say it’s the people that work there…they are like family to us”.

Whichever part of the charity you are working or if you are a volunteer, we are proud of our ‘one team’ spirit.

An employer that listens and cares – We pride ourselves on ensuring our staff receive regular supervision and support from their line manager, with opportunities for further training and development.

We also have an employee assistance programme, offering our employees a free confidential advisory and counselling service to help with any personal, work or family issues they may face.

A beautiful setting in a convenient location – Our stunning purpose-built hospice is surrounded by beautiful countryside, but also just a stones throw from the M4 and A404 on the outskirts of Maidenhead. There is free on-site parking for all staff.

A strong focus on work / life balance, taking care of your health and planning for retirement – Making sure our employees have a good work/life balance is vital. In addition to a wellbeing programme, we offer generous annual leave entitlement with a day off for your birthday and an extra two additional days holiday, known as Alexander days each year.

There are also staff discounts on a range of products and services including travel and high street savings.

In addition, we provide Occupational Maternity and Sick Pay schemes and access to a pension scheme (including the NHS scheme for eligible staff). 

Helen Bennett with child.

The work we do is varied and different jobs require different skills, but at Alexander Devine whatever your role, your work will revolve around our core values.

Become a volunteer

We have a wide variety of volunteer roles across our charity, so no matter what your experience, skills and interest, and however much time you can spare, we would love to hear from you.

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Talia’s got something exciting to tell you… Tickets for our Big Curry Night at the hospice are on sale! 🍽🍛

We’re thrilled to share that our wonderful friends at Wokingham curry restaurant, Sultan will be cooking up a delicious Indian banquet for guests to enjoy this year.

Take a sneak peek at the menu and book your place 👇 alexanderdevine.org/2023/01/bigcurrynight/
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🛒Your weekly shop could help raise money for Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices like Alexander Devine at no extra cost to you!

If you shop at your local Morrisons and buy from their Every Pack Gives Back range throughout February, a donation will be made to Morrisons' charity partner, Together for Short Lives.

This fantastic partnership is raising vital funds for children’s hospices up and down the country like Alexander Devine, helping us deliver specialist care for local children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

Children just like Pippa, who needs round-the-clock care:
“Alexander Devine's support is invaluable. They are there through all sorts of different issues, whether it be emotional support or medical advice, and that’s not just for Pippa but for all of us. It’s brilliant how they provide this hug.” - Danielle, Pippa's mum
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Are you a nurse or carer interested in working in children's palliative care?

Come along to our Careers Morning at our Maidenhead children's hospice on Saturday 4th March to find out about the varied, exciting, and rewarding roles available.

This event is aimed at student nurses, Band 4 Nurse Associates, Band 5 and 6 Nurses, Band 3 and 4 Carers, and Nursery Nurses.

Book your place by emailing ameliap@alexanderdevine.org or please call 01628 822777 for more information

www.alexanderdevine.org/events

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