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Paediatric HDU Senior Staff Nurse

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum Inc. HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Are you an enthusiastic and dynamic person striving to provide excellent nursing care who is looking for a new challenge? Then this is your opportunity. Would you like to further your education with numerous in-house study days and courses linked to some of the largest universities in London? Then Apollo Ward at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is the place for you to develop your leaderships and clinical skills surrounded by a friendly and happy team.

Apollo Ward is the only standalone Paediatrics High Dependency Unit in London which can provide up to 10 critical care level 1 and 2 beds to care for children and young people and their families from birth to 16 years old.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a clearly identifiable senior clinical staff member, and team leader. They will have significant clinical experience, provide sound clinical expertise to their team, and coordinate and deliver high quality care. They will be a role model for expert clinical care, and lead on specific projects / management functions as delegated by the Sister / Charge Nurse. They will role model the identified Trust values at all times.

In general settings, they will be the assigned deputy for their manager, coordinating clinical, managerial and education requirements of the area, and being a role model for team members, whilst delivering and overseeing high standards of care.

In specialist settings, they will have a significant level of specialist clinical knowledge and expertise in the clinical functions of care delivery. They will provide advice and guidance also, and generally be known as a senior staff nurse.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate. We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Maintain professional behaviour at all times and promote a positive image of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at all times, in line with Trust values.
  • Contribute to a high quality safe working environment in which patients receive a high standard of care.
  • Participate in the setting of standards for nursing practice and for care involving the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Practice in accordance with, and aware of his/her responsibilities under, the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and other appropriate NMC guidelines.
  • Understand and practice in accordance with Trust and Unit policies and procedures, and ensure they are understood and practiced by staff.
  • Maintain a safe working environment recognising the health and safety requirements of patients, visitors and staff.
  • Ensure all strategies, policies and protocols relating to infection control are implemented and monitored and that appropriate and timely action is taken in response to ensuring the prevention of control of infection.
  • Protects patient confidentiality and acts according to the Data Protection Act.
  • Maintain clear and accurate documentation in line with unit and Trust standard.
  • Be aware of Clinical Governance and the impact it has on patient care
  • Understand local audit processes and take opportunities to initiate local audit and participate in Trust audits locally.
  • Participate in the ordering and maintenance of adequate stock level in an effective manner.
  • Work with members of the team in implementing a quality approach to service provision, in line with Trust quality care standards.
  • Report all complaints, incidents or accidents to the Nurse in charge and take appropriate action.
  • Work shift patterns and weekends to suit the needs of service delivery.

Education and Development
  • Participate in the education of all learners within their area.
  • Actively support and assist in preceptorship and in pre-registration student support, supervision and guidance including mentorship where appropriate.
  • Identify and respond to learning needs for area.
  • Develop and deliver or organise local training sessions, mindful of the Trust values.
  • Facilitate others in the development of informal teaching skills.
  • Participate in the annual training needs analysis for their area.

Management and leadership
  • Manage the day to day staffing arrangements and rotas, to ensure safe levels of practice.
  • Be a shift coordinator on a regular basis where appropriate.
  • Ensure staff adhere to Trust protocols of care, eg Infection Control.
  • Take continuing responsibility for the Ward / Department in absence of manager.
  • Participate in senior nurse / unit on call rota / bleep holder (some areas, eg paediatrics) as appropriate.
  • Lead and manage their own clinical team within general clinical areas, and of the total team in the absence of the manager, in line with Trust values.
  • Develop and maintain effective communication and working relationships with other professional groups, and staff generally within the Division and the Trust.
  • Contribute to the effective management of the area by ensuring correct levels of staff are in place to deliver and assist with the planning of off duty rotas.
  • Assist in the delivery of induction / orientation of new staff.
  • Act as a role model, ensuring staff work to Trust guidelines and values.
  • Supervise, under the direction of their manager, the work of qualified and unqualified staff and learners.
  • Provide clinical support and guidance to staff.
  • Act as a resource for clinical knowledge to staff.
  • Initiate action on complaints & incident management and responses, and assist in their investigation and resolution.

Communication and relationship building
  • Know and utilize Trust values in all working relationships to patients, carers and staff.
  • Demonstrate good leadership skills and ensure that communication is effective between the patient, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team, and ensure appropriate nursing input into patient care discussions.
  • Ensure communication is used effectively in the interests of patient care, including the use of clinical incident reporting if necessary.
  • Communicate handover of care in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations and recognising individuality and rights for each patient in line with Trust values.
  • Work cohesively with all members of the ward team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.
  • Work effectively within a multi-racial and cultural environment.

Please see attached job description and person specification to this advert for further details.

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma
  • Registered Nurse on NMC registers. Hold appropriate level for the area of speciality (RSCN/RN Child)
  • Evidence of recent and on-going professional development


  • Mentorship/Teaching/assessing course
  • Post qualification in relevant specialty



  • Proven clinical experience in relevant area
  • Experience with acutely ill patients
  • Ability to utilise pre-registration experience to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant settings.


  • Evidence of teaching and assessing
  • Recent experience caring for children with elevated dependency needs
  • General management skills
  • Recent experience looking after Young People with mental health conditions



  • Proven clinical skills in relevant area
  • Demonstrates a genuine interest and has awareness of issues in specialty
  • Knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Awareness of current nursing and NHS issues
  • Awareness of current professional issues within children and young people's nursing
  • Awareness of child protection issues and pathways
  • Awareness of health and safety issues relating to children
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to communicate with children of all ages and their parents
  • Evidence of working cooperatively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to form excellent interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to make decisions, organise and prioritise
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability and interest in supporting junior colleagues / students
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality
  • Specialist knowledge in area of specialty
  • Ability to work full shift pattern including rotation, nights, twilight shifts, weekends & bank holidays as relevant to area


  • Awareness of NHS reforms and professional issues relating to specialty

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital


SW10 9NH

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