Paediatric Critical Care Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rota
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you an experienced staff nurse ready to take the next step in your career? Are you caring, compassionate and motivated and want to work in an innovative and fast thinking NHS Foundation Trust?

Main duties of the job

We currently have full time and part time positions available for a band 6 Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse. The successful candidate will be able to work well within the team and be willing to work a mixed shift pattern, including days and nights across the whole week. They will be a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with excellent clinical and communication skills, with an ability to lead and motivate others. They will also enjoy teaching and supporting junior staff as well as pre and post registration students.

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams; details will be sent out if your application is successful.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more here

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical leadership ensuring a high standard of individualised nursing and family centred care is delivered to critically ill children.
  • To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, communicating effectively with all levels of medical and nursing staff.
  • To uphold the critical care Units Nursing Philosophy of Care.

  • Act as a clinical leader and role model for all members of the nursing team.
  • Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, recognising the contribution of all members of staff.
  • Anticipate needs and provide support for junior members of staff.
  • Ensure high standards of nursing care are maintained reflecting all aspects of the critical care unit philosophy of care.
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate individualised care for a designated group of children and their parents.
  • Act as an advocate, upholding the best interests of the child and family.
  • Encourage practice which develops partnership with parents and maximises their contribution to the care of their children.
  • Be responsible with medical staff for information giving, breaking sensitive/bad news to families.
  • Organise and undertake all forms of safe transfer of children to and from the critical care unit.
  • Co-ordinate the care of the child and families with other members of the health care team across the service.
  • Contribute to and take a lead role in initiating agreed changes within the unit.
  • Contribute to Quality Assurance Initiatives within the unit.
  • Develop an area of expertise in clinical practice and act as a resource for members of the nursing team.

  • Act as a mentor working with students and staff in a way that is supportive and that facilitates reflective learning towards effective practice.
  • Contribute on a frequent basis to the teaching programme for all new nursing staff in the unit.
  • Act as a preceptor for new members of staff.

  • Maintain own professional development to ensure that all nursing practice is based on current knowledge and relevant research.
  • Uphold the NMC code of practice and be aware of the implications of the scope of practice.
  • Promote clinical supervision and reflective practice for self and members of the nursing team.

  • Take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Unit in the absence of a Sister/Charge Nurse.
  • Ensure staff make effective use of resources within the unit.
  • Co-ordinate the admission/discharge or transfer of children with other members of the health care team to promote seamless care.
  • Attend Unit Meetings as appropriate, ensuring effective communication is maintained within the team.
  • Contribute to and take a lead role in unit initiatives.
  • Be responsible for supporting/supervising a small team of staff with the support of the Sister; undertake appraisals (with appropriate training).
  • Support the Ward Sister by taking on additional responsibilities as required, such as absence management, managing day-to-day staffing and rota, and leading on specific projects/areas of interest.

  • Person Specification



    • Recognised Paediatric Critical Care (PHDU or PICU) Course or in house/ Trust-based equivalent.
    • RSCN (Child)/RN (Adult) NMC Registered
    • Recognised qualification in Teaching and Assessing/ENB 998/associate mentorship course or equivalent
    • Degree level study or working towards a degree


    • Evidence of commitment to teaching staff and students



    • Relevant clinical experience working as a band 5 staff nurse.


    • Ability to facilitate and participate in research/benchmark and audit programmes
    • Demonstrates knowledge of value and use of research findings

    Personal Qualities


    • Demonstrates an understanding of the need for high standards of individualised critical care/family centered care
    • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of the multi-disciplinary team
    • Demonstrates the potential for leadership


    • Demonstrates awareness of the qualities required of staff working in critical care
    • Good presentation skills
    • Insight into managerial issues in relation to people and resources
    • Evidence of an enthusiasm for developing an aspect of Critical Care nursing practice

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Evidence of clinical knowledge in area of speciality and excellence in practice
    • Experience of leading and supporting a team in a clinical area
    • Clinical decision making skills and ability to priortise workload
    • Computer literacy


    • Experience of managing change from a personal and leadership level
    • Knowledge/experience of audit in practice, implementation of quality improvement measures and risk management



    • Evidence of continuing professional development


    • Evidence of own recent updating

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