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Paediatric Gastroenterology Nurse Specialist

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Education
  • Management
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Children's Nursing


  • Hospital Care
  • Education Provider

Job/Role Summary

  • Development and expansion of Paediatric Gastroenterology service.
  • Coordinating the care management of children and there families with GE conditions including transplant patients.
  • Development of programmes of care for all patients within the caseload.
  • Provision of telephone helpline service for patients, families and healthcare professionals.
  • Reducing frequency of outpatient attendance and hospital admission.
  • Act as a resource person for children attending with GE conditions either outpatient or inpatient
  • Management of Paediatric Endoscopy/Colonscopy theatre sessions.
  • Liaison Role with various Specialist Units within the UK
  • Development and setting of standards.


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • On NMC Register Part 1
  • 5 Years Post Reg experience within last 7 years- 2 at E Grade or above.
  • Three of the five years should be within the acute paediatric setting


Career Milestones

After qualifying as a children's nurse within the trust, I gained experience working with children and their families. Following this I became team leader of Home Ventilation team for a three year period, during which time completing a diploma in asthma and respiratory Care Prompted by this I undertook a degree in Community Children's Nursing. I returned to the Children's ward to consolidate all the theory and practice.


What attracted you to this job?

  • Specialized in an area of interest
  • Enabled me to immerse myself in a specific area
  • Presented me with teaching opportunities and learning opportunities for my own development
  • More sociable hours, no night shift
  • Higher Grade


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Like the challenge of managing own caseload.
  • Enjoy the input I have through the patients care experience, especially following transplant surgery
  • Clinical Role
  • Networking with various regional hospitals and professionals
  • Member of BSPGHAN British Society for Paed Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition- Meeting yearly


Important success factors

  • A very forward thinking Consultant who was instrumental to the success of the service.
  • Positive feedback from patients and families - being able to support them.
  • Support and encouragement from colleagues


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

You should gather lots of information from other disciples; working closely makes the job more successful. Don't be afraid to admit if you do not know something. Don't loose sight of you aims when trying to set up a new service. Set realistic goals of what is achievable within the time frame.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Time management Skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Flexibility adapt to service need


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