Paediatric High Dependency Unit Flexi Nurse

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you looking to increase your high dependency care skills and knowledge? Would you like the opportunity to work within the acute infant ward and rotate in to the High Dependency area?This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join our committed and evolving HDU Flexi Nurse team, as we are currently working towards being the first independent Level 2 Critical Care accredited High Dependency Unit within the West Midlands outside of the Tertiary Centres.Our Paediatric High Dependency Unit is a 6-8 bedded Unit providing care for critically ill children from birth up to 18 years of age. As per the GIRFT report for Critical Care (2022) we flex our beds to meet demand. We are funded for 6 beds in the summer and 8 beds in the winter. To meet this increased winter demand we have a tried and tested support programme to up skill nurses over the summer months to become confident and competent practitioners with additional skills enabling them to support the core HDU team within the winter months.

Please note this post is not suitable for applicants who are required to undertake the OSCE training programme. Applicants who do not have current valid UK NMC registration will not be considered for this post.

Main duties of the job

As an aspiring Level 2 Critical Care Department we care for some of the most complex illnesses and injuries in the region outside of the tertiary centres. We work closely with specialists from all medical and surgical backgrounds. We have recently been able to take on more complex surgeries with the addition of us being able to provide epidural care, UHCW is renowned as a specialist centre regionally for our Ortho/Plastic Surgical care. Medically we now also have the ability to manage acute and long term CPAP, BiPAP via face mask and Tracheostomy as per the GIRFT recommendation of 'care closer to home'.

As a Unit we offer:
  • An opportunity to enrol in the Trust development programme, with the aim of becoming a senior member of staff.
  • Your educational needs and continued professional development will be supported by our dedicated HDU Practice Educator, our Clinical Band 7 for HDU as well as our Paediatric Resuscitation Practitioner and a dedicated HDU Ward Manager.
  • To prepare you for the role you will be offered in house training:
    • High Dependency course
    • PILS
    • Assessor/supervisor training
    • On the job face to face skills training bespoke to your needs (NGT, central line, tracheostomy, vent training etc)
  • All members of the team will need to complete the BCH Level 1 and 2 Critical Care course within 12 months of commencing the role.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are passionate about the delivery of a high quality service that promotes and improves the well-being of children and young people. Working within a systemic and holistic framework you will undertake needs led, evidence based assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people, their families and carers, who present to the service.

We have a dedicated multidisciplinary team providing care for children and young people.

Working within this challenging yet very rewarding environment will enhance your own professional development and at UHCW we are committed to providing education opportunities for nurses at every level. As well as first-class facilities, youll benefit from the support of a visible management team and a dedicated team of Clinical Practice Facilitators, excellent career and educational development opportunities and bespoke training plans and study leave.

A comprehensive induction, orientation and training will be provided for successful candidates. We will also ensure that you have tailored, individual personal development plans with support for further training and development.
  • Accountable for own actions in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct. Contribute to corporate objectives, acting within local, Trust and statutory guidelines and policies at all times.
  • Effectively communicate information regarding clinical decisions, policy and care pathways to patients/carers and the multi-professional team including situations where difficulties in comprehension occur.
  • A competent practitioner, teaching, assessing and supervising/providing mentorship to appropriate students and junior staff.
  • Responsible for clinical assessment of a group of patients and management of a team, ensuring appropriate care is planned, implemented and evaluated, involving patients and users.
  • Organisation of cross-departmental/organisational activities to support patient care pathways.
  • Demonstrate technical and/or practical skills to ensure optimum patient care management including; patient observations; equipment management and administration of agreed invasive tests/procedures.
  • Utilise and ensure others utilise information and IT systems to secure accurate and timely patient, workforce and resource data.
  • Manage expected (and occasional unexpected) clinical events requiring high but unpredictable levels of physical effort according to patient dependency/clinical need, referring to a senior member of staff where appropriate e.g. in an unexpected event.
  • Support patients, carers and others during difficult situations arising in the clinical area, e.g. imparting bad news or following an unexpected event.
  • Promote and monitor adherence to Health and Safety and Trust policy designed to protect healthcare staff and service users from known hazards.
  • Maintain a clean, safe environment ensuring adherence to Trust standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control at all times.

  • For further details please see the attached job description.

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