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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

Closing date: Monday 6th June 2022 

Clinical Systems Administrator

15 hours per week, £10,478 – £12,832 per annum

Based at our purpose-built hospice in Maidenhead, this role will assist with the implementation and development of a new electronic healthcare record system.  The postholder will be responsible for providing support and training on the system to members of Alexander’s Care Team.  You will also contribute to data collection, auditing of the data and writing reports.

We are looking for a motivated and highly organised individual with excellent written and verbal skills and experience of the Microsoft Office suite, with high proficiency in Excel.

For an informal discussion, please call Harriet Denny, Matron, on 01628 822777.

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

Closing date: Monday 13th June 2022

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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Shades on and chilling in our hydrotherapy pool - how super cool is Pippa?! 😎

Happy Friday everyone ☀️

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Our gardening club volunteers took delivery of a very special gift this month - a fantastic John Deere sit on mower, which was very generously donated to us by Farol Ltd.

Matt Vellacott, Managing Director at Farol, told us "we are very pleased and proud to help such a worthy cause.”

The new mower was delivered by Farol Twyford's Manager, Barry Sharp. He kindly spent the morning with our volunteers giving them a tutorial on looking after it and showing them how to use it.

Children and families love using the outside space at our beautiful hospice and the new mower will make it so much easier to maintain our grounds for them to enjoy.

Thank you Matt, Barry and all at Farol for your wonderful and generous donation, it really will make a world of difference.
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Well done to these Spartan heroes! 💪

We are so proud of the team from OpenText office in Reading who took on the mighty Spartan Obstacle Race in Henley earlier this month.

For those unfamiliar with Spartan races, they are obstacle courses that test speed, strength and endurance. The OpenText team had to conquer 20 off-road obstacles, including climbing walls, crawling under wire, traversing monkey bars, spear throws and of course lots of mud!

An amazing challenge and they managed to raise over £725! 👏
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