It’s a real privilege to support a family at the end of their child’s life
Sabine Schwaebisch on her role as a band 6 care team nurse in palliative care at Helen House Children’s Hospice, Oxford, where 95% of children have a learning disability
Where did you train?
I trained at Oxford Brookes, graduating in 2009. I also have a degree in philosophy and educational science (special needs) from Rostock University in Germany.
What is your job?
I found my niche at Helen House five years ago. Historically, learning disability nurses have not played an important role in children’s hospices, let alone take clinical responsibility on shift.
However, the increase in complex care needs in children with disabilities and a shortage of children’s nurses have opened a door for us to consider children’s hospices as a career option. There are four learning disability nurses – three single trained – at Helen House....
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