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We are supporting Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) to recruit for a Medical Director.

  • Medical Director - Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Children’s Hospices based in Scotland
  • Salary -  Aligned to NHS Scotland Consultant Terms and Conditions of Service
  • Up to 8 sessions / full time

Do you want to lead an incredible clinical team delivering paediatric palliative care in CHAS?

Due to retirement of the current Medical Director in the summer of 2022 we are seeking to recruit a Clinical Director. You will strategically lead and inspire our team of Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Independent Prescribers to deliver high quality palliative care in two children’s hospices, and CHAS at Home. You will play a key role in the care of children across Scotland with palliative care needs through excellent multi-agency working with colleagues in other settings across Scotland.

“The death of a child has serious and lasting effects on the parents and other family members, effectively for the rest of their lives. Any attempt to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life in the final days or weeks, must not only be good for a child but, in the fullness of time, be helpful to those left behind”  - Dr Pat Carragher, Medical Director, CHAS.

We support around 400 children with palliative care needs and their families every year

Day to day work leading the clinical care of children resident in our hospices

We work very closely with NHS teams in every health board in Scotland

Part of multiagency meetings on a regular basis

3 Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs)

6 Trainee ANPs with further investment to come

Lead Specialist Pharmacist

Family support team offer outstanding holistic care

Excellent nursing team across hospice and community

Strong clinical and professional development

Clear medical on call policy and standard operating procedures

Contributes to the support for out of hours care by working a 1 in 4 aspiring to be a 1 in 5 on call rotation for the out of hours periods.

We are keen to hear from candidates who wish to perform this role as either a principal or portfolio role.


About You

You will be committed to working with children who have complex medical care needs, and their families, proven through your experience of paediatrics or palliative care.

You will be able to provide clinical expertise and support the development of the CHAS Central Care services team including the Children’s Hospice Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Lead Pharmacist and Independent Prescribers.

You will be able to provide high quality teaching to all health care professionals contributing to the provision of paediatric palliative services in the hospital and community where relevant.

CHAS does not hold clinical responsibility for children who are not resident at a CHAS hospice.  However, increasingly families are being offered choices of place of care at end of life and CHAS may be part of the multi-agency team around children and their families.  You will have the opportunity to be part of that collaborative team around the child approach.

About CHAS

We provide a stimulating, friendly, intimate workplace where you will be a lot more than “just a number”. As Clinical Director you will be leading a team that delivers high quality clinical care to babies, children and young people who have complex health conditions, alongside the heart-breaking reality of a terminal diagnosis.

At CHAS, we promote a healthy work/life balance with 35 days annual leave, increasing to 40 days after five years’ service (pro rata).  We also offer access to a CHAS or NHS pension scheme and superb training opportunities. A negotiable relocation package may be offered to support candidates meet the financial demands of relocating for employment with CHAS.


For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Nicky today.

nicky@headmedical.com / +44 (0)131 240 5264

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