Senior Staff Nurse - Children's Ward

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
8 Jun 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, committed and compassionate Band 6 Paediatric Senior Nurse (Junior Sister) to work in a challenging, dynamic and diverse Unit at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) - Children's Ward.

The Children's Ward at the PRUH is a 12 bedded general medical unit which has specialist areas include diabetes and respiratory medicine. We treat acute admissions from the Emergency Department. We have a small team of clinical nurse specialists in the fields of diabetes, asthma/allergy and epilepsy who are focused towards delivering exceptional patient care.

As part of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Princess Royal University Hospital is in Farnborough, Orpington on the outskirts of London.

You must have with excellent clinical skills, self-motivated, enthusiastic and committed to providing high standards of care for all our paediatric patients, their families and carers. The ability to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

To be eligible for this post you must be a registered nurse in the UK. The Band 6 Paediatric nurse would be expected to demonstrate strong leadership qualities, we offer in house training and support. All candidates must hold a mentorship qualification or equivalent.

Main duties of the job

We endeavour to do the following:
  • Ensure family-centred care is promoted on our unit and children and young people are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Act with professionalism and integrity at all time being a role-model, providing direction and motivation to colleagues and students.
  • Provide holistic care to children, young people and their families, ensuring everyone has equal opportunities.
  • Demonstrate honesty and learn from errors to support the creation of a no-blame culture where people feel able to share and learn from experiences together.
  • To work as part of a team demonstrating effective communication and working collaboratively with colleagues within and external to the department.
  • To participate in the teaching and supervision of junior staff and student nurses
  • To be a safe and effective practitioner, able to provide patients and families with a high standard of nursing care.

Care and compassion in looking after our paediatric patients and families is important to us. As a result, we expect successful candidates to demonstrate these qualities on a daily basis and have the resilience to meet the challenges of our busy and stimulating work environment.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities:

Clinical Practice
  • To assist in the delivery of an expert nursing service for people with specialist needs
  • To provide expert nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through treatment
  • To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care, assessing health, health related and nursing needs of patients, their families and other carers
  • To manage own patient caseload under supervision
  • To be actively involved in in-patient care, liaising with ward staff to ensure high quality nursing care
  • To assist in the delivery of a seamless service through Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) processes and communication
  • To be aware of the process of operational policy review annually in accordance with national standards
  • To ensure care is given in accordance with agreed protocols.
  • To follow-up patients under supervision as appropriate and ensure all relevant information is available to enable patients
  • To make an informed choice about their treatment
  • To liaise with the ward staff to ensure appropriate and timely discharge/follow-up arrangement are in place for patients
  • To adhere to the mechanisms for MDT referrals to the Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • To liaise with local community, social services, paramedics and voluntary organisations regarding current service availability
  • To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements.
  • To participate in the development of appropriate patient group directives to facilitate/enhance the discharge process
  • To participate in relevant fora at Care Group or Trust Level to represent the service perspective
  • To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.
  • To provide appropriate information and educational literature in order to assist patients/carers make informed choices as to their treatment plan and continuing management.

Education and Research
  • To participate in programmes of education and training in according to meet the identified needs of clients, carers and others involved in their care.
  • To actively participate in educational events provided by the Trust and Primary Care sector.
  • To attend meetings and conferences as appropriate ensuring that you are fully conversant with current issues within the Trust and nationally
  • To participate in clinical audit within the Trust as directed
  • To participate in any appropriate/relevant Trust approved research projects conducted within the department.
  • To be aware of and actively apply nursing research and evidence based practice relevant to the speciality.
  • To work with other staff in clinical areas where changes to practice are required. Also where opportunities exist to improve treatment and support for patients.

  • To participate in any local change programmes in order to improve standards and communication links from acute trust through to Primary Care.
  • To keep updated on clinical and professional developments, attending training courses and appropriate updates.
  • To work within the policies and guidelines set out by the Trust and Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice.
  • To have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self in the working environment to follow safe working practices and to comply at all times with the Trusts Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.
  • To be familiar with the Trusts Risk Management procedures on reporting complaints, accidents and incidents.
  • To network with the team of clinical nurse specialists within the Trust to evaluate and promote the specialist-nursing role.
  • To utilise and maintain information systems to aid audit and to provide regular actively analysis reports.
  • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate treatment records, submitting relevant statistics, reports and activity data as requested.
  • To contribute evaluation to the service in terms of clinical effectiveness, clinical excellence and value for money.
  • To maintain effective links within primary secondary and tertiary care to ensure effective communication.

Ensures compliance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy, supporting the delivery of the Trusts Race Equality Scheme and the Trust's duty to positively promote race equality and equality of opportunity for disabled people ensuring services are responsive to the needs of equality groups.

Personal Professional Development

To achieve a range of clinical competencies as required within the Trust and Care Group.
  • To keep up-to-date with current literature and research in the speciality.
  • To maintain your own personal and professional development in accordance with PREP requirements, attending mandatory study sessions as required.
  • To undergo and actively participate in your own performance appraisals
  • To keep up to date with NMC, relevant specialist Faculty & Trust guidelines and protocols.
  • To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional conduct working within and accepting responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of competence.
  • To be working towards further post registration qualifications relevant to the specialty area

In carrying out the duties of the post, the employee is required to work in accordance with the policies and procedures of Kings College Hospital, including Health and Safety, confidentiality, data protection and equal opportunities. Kings College Hospital operates a no smoking policy.

This role specification is for guidance only and will change over time and according to circumstances.

Person Specification



  • Registered Children's Nurse with active UK NMC
  • Mentorship programme or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Significant demonstrable clinical expertise in a paediatric setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Royal University Hospital

Farnborough Common



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