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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 recently 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.

Children's Palliative Care Nurses, Band 5 and 6

Band 5 (££24,714 to £30,264) and Band 6 (£30,886 – £37,742)

We have exciting opportunities for nurses with experience in palliative care.

Working for 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 here at our purpose-built children’s hospice.

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.

To request an application pack, please email us or if you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call our Director of Care, Helen Bennett on 01628 822777.

 

Alexander's Carer

£21,423 – £23,841

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

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

As an Alexander’s Carer you will assist Alexander’s Nurses in caring for children providing short breaks, respite and end of life care in the community and at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

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

For an informal discussion, please contact Helen Bennett, Director of Care, on 01628 822777. To request an application pack, please email us.

Closing date: 29th November 2021

Family Support Volunteer Counsellor

Please note that this is an unpaid voluntary post.

We are expanding our Family Support programme and have an exciting opportunity to join our Alexander’s Care Team.

We are looking for qualified counsellors to work with families throughout their child’s illness and in bereavement. As a Volunteer Counsellor you will have experience of working with the whole family in a palliative care setting and have exceptional communication skills. You will offer telephone support, family days and individual sessions to Alexander Devine families.

This is a unique opportunity where you will benefit from training and development opportunities and clinical supervision within a supportive and rewarding environment.

To request an application pack, please email us or if you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call our Director of Care, Helen Bennett on 01628 822777.

Join Team Devine

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, for an informal discussion.

Tel 01628 822777

Email warrenk@alexanderdevine.org

A special place to work

Whether you are supporting children and families, 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 significant difference to the lives of local children and their families every day.

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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This December we want to share with you some of the different ways we bring comfort and joy to the children and families that we support, all thanks to your support.

It's Day 1 and look who's behind today's door...

Life for Harry is very different to most children his age. 5 year old Harry was born with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome. It means he can’t smile, blink or move his eyes. He is also very weak and can’t sit up or walk. He struggles to swallow so is fed through a peg tube.

Harry’s family are determined to make sure Harry has every opportunity to experience things other children his age do. And visits to our hospice do just that. As well as an opportunity for much-needed respite for his parents, it is also the chance for Harry to have fun, whether that is splashing in the pool, playing in the playground or enjoying music therapy.

You can help continue to bring comfort and joy to children like Harry by donating to our Christmas Appeal ➡www.alexanderdevine.org/christmas

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"Our Christmas wish is that our Mum can keep doing the best job in the world and can keep looking after the children that need her. Please help our mum" - Eden and Theo

This festive season, Alexander’s Nurses like Abi, Eden and Theo's mum, will be making magical moments happen because of people like you.

Will you give what you can to help them bring comfort and joy to seriously-ill local children and their families this Christmas?

Watch our Christmas appeal and find out how you can help here ⬇️
️www.alexanderdevine.org/christmas

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It's nearly time Windsor!🎅🏃

Thank you so much to everyone that has signed up, we can't wait to see you all tomorrow!

➡ Don't forget you can save time tomorrow by collecting your Santa suit today! Head to Horler and Associates Limited today on Dedworth road in Windsor

➡Missed our deadline for signing up?
Don't worry you can come along to Batchelors Acre and register between 7.45am and 8.15am. £25 per adult and £12 for children.

Good luck Dashers!

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