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Respite Unit Manager

Leadership & Management
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Learning Disability Nursing


Job/Role Summary

  • Ensuring needs of children are a priority in service delivery
  • Develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Ensure compliance with standards in respect of nursing home, children's home and palliative care.
  • Management of staff within the care setting
  • Efficient use of resources in day to day management
  • Allocation of respite, facilitation of referrals
  • Participation in reviews


Specific qualifications and experience required

Registered Sick Children's Nurse Experience in working with children with learning disabilities


Career Milestones

I worked as a hospice at home nurse for 1 year. The training and experience I received there is of a great benefit to me in my current post. I studied and obtained a BSc in Health and Social Welfare which provided a broad knowledge for anyone working in thr health sector


What attracted you to this job?

  • Interest in working with children with learning disabilities
  • Challenge
  • Non acute setting


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Reward from caring for a sick child
  • Feedback from parents re need for respite and their appreciation
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team - social workers/teachers/nurses/occupational therapist/physiotherapist/medical personnel


Important success factors

  • A team of staff who work well together to provide care
  • Support from clinical services manager
  • Support from other ward managers


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • Work with children with learning disabilities on a trial period eg agency, before applying for a post
  • Get experience in medical nursing first
  • Must have people skills
  • A management qualification is useful (eg ILS)


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

  • Managing staff - assertiveness/confidence/leadership
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Managing conflict
  • Coaching/training staff
  • Responsibility
  • Delegation


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