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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse - Paediatric ICU

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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If you are a compassionate leader, innovative and an experienced paediatric intensive care nurse we would welcome you to join our combined paediatric intensive and high dependency care unit. You will be joining a well-established team within a large teaching hospital. Working in collaboration with the PaNDR (Paediatric and Neonatal Decision Support and Retrieval Service) we provide a regional service as the only PICU in the East of England delivering excellent specialist care to children, young people and their families.

You will be responsible for being a clinical expert, providing safe and effective care to all levels of critically ill and/or injured children requiring intensive care. You will demonstrate effective and safe decision making in the development of the PICU team and our service provision.

Cambridge University Hospitals has a diverse child admission criteria and is a tertiary centre for oncology, major trauma, neurology and many paediatric surgical & medical subspecialties with the exception of cardiac surgery. Many children make their way to us via a specialist Children's Transport Service including the recently established PaNDR (Paediatric and Neonatal Decision, support and Retrieval service) which operates out of Addenbrooke's and with whom we work in partnership.

If you believe that you can meet the demands of a challenging, skillful and ultimately rewarding job, please apply. Informal visits welcome.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for being a clinical expert, providing safe and effective care to all levels of critically ill and/or injured children requiring intensive care. Assess care needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care. Participate in the supervision, teaching and mentorship of pre and post registration staff. Provide advanced clinical expertise, focus and resource for the development of junior staff in the joint approach to nursing standards and practice and education for the Paediatric Intensive Care and High Dependency Care Unit.

Manage the day-to-day advanced care, demonstrating effective and safe decision-making ability when doing so.

The post holder is expected to take a lead on identified aspects of patient care as required by the line manager to further develop service provision.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 11 June 2023

Interviews are due to be held in the week commencing 19 June 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -First level registration (part 8 or 15) -Post registration paediatric critical care qualification (equivalent to ENB 415/100/ 405) -Teaching and assessing qualification -Evidence of master's degree level study -Level 3 Child protection training -Leadership Training


  • -Evidence of continuing professional development at degree level -Evidence of Certified Management Training programme



  • -Amassed a level of band 6 grade experience with demonstrated competence in leading others in advanced intensive care therapies. -Continuing experience as a mentor to paediatric critical care course learners -Experience of providing and co-ordinating a paediatric retrieval service.


  • -Evidence of professional networking beyond organisational level. -Experience in the supervision of others in the delivery of advanced intensive care therapies



  • -Global awareness of current professional issues related to nursing, PIC, DoH and the NHS -Has an in-depth paediatric nursing knowledge, demonstrating ability to facilitate the integration of theory into practice for learners. -Understand the developmental needs of individuals and groups of nurses in a large competitive team setting.



  • -Competent to care for and supervise staff providing care to all levels of intensive care children in a safe and effective manner without supervision -Ability to meet the unexpected demands of the intensive patient and HR management issues in a professional manner -Effectively manage complex operational situations on a shift by shift basis -Act as a clinical expert/resource -Work flexibly within a multi professional team -Ability to initiate and support change


  • -Evidence of participation in research and audit projects -Evidence of developing guidelines / policies or procedures

Additional Requirements


  • -The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind and excellent. This behaviour is outlined on the final page of this person specification -Evidence of effective communication and decision making skills -Evidence of a forward thinking and progressive work ethos -Advanced computer skills


  • -Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division E



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