Children's palliative care nurse Caroline Porter, Robin's House Children's Hospice, Balloch. © Lesley Martin 2018/CHAS
Children with life-shortening conditions will benefit from a new partnership between the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS.

A new Supportive and Palliative Care Team is the first of its kind in Scotland. It will be funded by CHAS and employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde,

Two specialist nurses will work alongside a consultant in paediatric palliative medicine to share specialist knowledge and improve care for children who are likely to die young and provide support to their families. They will work closely with other professionals already working in the hospital, including a CHAS Diana Children’s Nurse.

Maria McGill, Chief Executive at CHAS, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the Royal Hospital for Children in this way. Cross-collaboration and knowledge sharing in healthcare is a must for all concerned, the families most of all. We want to ensure that staff in the hospital are as confident as possible in their crucial role of supporting children who are approaching or require end of life care.

“This new team will promote knowledge and skills to be shared across medical and nursing teams. The added capacity will build even stronger links between the children’s hospital and other CHAS services, like Robin House, for the benefit of all who need us. This could not happen without the generosity of many CHAS supporters who have raised the money needed.”

The partnership will commence with the recruitment of one Consultant in paediatric palliative medicine, two Clinical Nurse Specialists and a team Administrator. Recruitment for these posts has begun and will continue until the full team is in post by autumn 2019.

The vision for the team is that it will spend time establishing itself and developing relationships with staff and communities before becoming ‘hands-on’ in the delivery of excellent supportive and palliative care. The aim is to ensure children with palliative care needs and their families experience consistently high-quality care.

Recruitment has commenced for the two roles of Clinical Nurse Specialists, with a closing date of Friday 19 April 2019. Applications are welcomed via the NHS Scotland Recruitment portal. The Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine role is available here and has a closing date of Friday 10 May 2019.