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Staff Nurse - PACT (Paediatric Ambulatory Care Team)

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Would you like to be part of our dynamic childrens team that puts the child at the heart of everything they do?

If you are looking for a new challenge, new opportunities and day time shift patterns then please apply to work as a childrens nurse within our Paediatric Ambulatory Care Team (PACT). We are extending our very successful service to cover 7 days a week and therefore we are offering part time, permanent contracts to support this development. The role will give you the opportunity to work with this highly skilled team and gain competence and knowledge in a huge array of clinical skills, including IV antibiotics, IV infusions, blood transfusion, cannula insertion, chemotherapy infusion & observation, skeletal survey and sweat name just a few!

The service runs 7 days a week 8.00 until 17.00 Monday to Friday and 9.00 to 15.00 at the weekends. You will be part of a rostered system and will be expected to work weekends. Hours can be discussed at interview.

This really is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic and ambitious nurses looking to develop their clinical skills and be involved in this unique service.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be able to work well within a small team.
  • You will demonstrate excellent communication skills when liaising with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Perform a nursing assessment on patients who attend PACT
  • Review patient results and then act +/- discuss with medical team to ensure an efficient patient care journey.
  • You will be able to prioritise and plan patient care.Ideally you will be IV competent.
  • It would be advantageous to be Central venous line/Portacath competent although training can be given.
  • You will demonstrate the ability to maintain clear written and digital records

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary:
  • Ensuring high quality nursing care is coordinated and delivered using a family focused model of practice.
  • Work as part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team ensuring patient care is delivered smoothly and efficiently.
  • The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training and research.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote and set high standards of nursing care and maintain the delivery of quality care within the trust policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Provide and deliver a high standard of evidence based nursing care through the assessment, planning, and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence. Initiate and co-ordinate care in the clinical area for a specified group of patients.
  • Recognise and respond to a change in patient status undertaking first line interventions within scope of practice and refer on to the appropriate clinician as required.
  • Actively promote safe and effective working practices to prevent harm to the patients within your care and take part in safety audits to maintain high quality standards.
  • Communicating and working with the multidisciplinary team to improve quality of care, and informed clinical decisions. Promote innovation and share any new ideas to improve patient care.
  • Participate in the allocation of workload and ensure efficient bed management and effective patient flow.
  • Coordinate care for area when competent and able to do so.
  • Liaise, report and document any relevant nursing/patient needs with other health care professionals with on-going responsibility for patient care, communicating changes as they occur.
  • Ensuring that accurate and timely patient records are maintained.
  • Implement the trust values and beliefs ensuring they are embedded into everyday practice and evaluate their impact on the patients experience.
  • Engage and interact with parents/carers encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care planning care as outlined in the ward/unit philosophy.
  • Ensure concerns raised by patients and their families are escalated and dealt with in an open, honest and transparent way, in line with trust policies, procedures and Duty of Candour legislation.
  • Maintain and continually develop in-depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical area.
  • Achieve competence in the use of medical devices/equipment by accessing training and maintain these.
  • Promote health education within the clinical area and advise patient, family, and others in health promotion issues, making every contact count. Promote the health and well-being of staff, patients and their carers.

  • Report, escalate and manage patient safety events and clinical emergencies as detailed in Trust-wide and local protocols and procedures.
  • Be proactive in the prevention and management of complaints (formal and those via Patient Advice and Liaison Service) and when they occur investigate and respond in a timely manner.
  • In conjunction with other team members, participate in quality monitoring and improvements via involvement in the Portsmouth Bundle.
  • Comply and promote compliance with Trust policies and guidelines e.g. Health and Safety, Clinical Risk and Infection Control.
  • Take appropriate action to address unexpected changes and situations, informing the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse or other if unable to resolve.
  • Contribute to the clinical area non-pay budgets to ensuring good housekeeping and economic use of resources.
  • Delegate duties and tasks to un-registered staff, students/trainees and other staff as appropriate. Bands 1 to 4 as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within Trust premises.
  • Work closely with partners i.e. Equan, resolving any issues regarding cleanliness, provision of food and maintenance of the environment. Ensure staff are aware how to escalate when issues cannot be resolved.

Research and Education

  • Contribute to a research culture within the nursing team to identify current knowledge and deliver evidence based care.
  • Support local research teams, contribute to local department multidisciplinary audits.
  • Liaise with the relevant research nurse to ensure patients are identified to take part in clinical research studies and research is delivered safely on the ward.
  • Embed in the team culture the concept of recruitment to clinical trials which is a national performance indicator.

  • Ensure staff under the post holders leadership has an annual personal development review and set achievable objectives. Feed agreed development opportunities into the department training plan.
  • Create a culture for learning and development that will sustain person-centred safe and effective care. Encourage team open-ness so that an evidence based approach is utilised and applied to nursing care.
  • Supervise, assess, mentor student nurses and support all Health Care Professionals, junior staff including bank and agency staff in an associate/buddy role until undertaking a qualified mentor role following recognised training.
  • Encourage a culture where students receive quality placements supported by mentorship and teaching from the multi-professional team.

Communication and Working Relations
  • Communicate highly sensitive and complex information with empathy ensuring that information is understood.
  • Communicating and co-operating with the wards and departments, promoting and maintaining good working relationships within own clinical area and across the organisation, giving accurate information as required and keeping everyone informed of any untoward incidents.
  • Deal with interpersonal conflict and escalate to senior nurse to assist with resolution of any adverse situation/incidents. Comply and promote compliance to Trust policies e.g. Harassment and Bullying.
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and participate in the induction of temporary staff to ward policies and routine.
  • Communicate complex/sensitive information with empathy and respect ensuring understanding.

Working Conditions and Effort
  • May be frequently exposed to distressing circumstances e.g. if working with patients who are terminally ill and their families and/or exposed to other conditions.
  • Occasional/frequent exposure to unpleasant or highly unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids, smell, etc.

Person Specification



  • Current RPN +/- RN, registration with NMC and any other relevant post registration qualifications.
  • BSc Degree in relevant field or demonstrate ability to study at degree level.
  • Evidence of recent CPD.


  • Computer literate with knowledge of patient administration system

Skills and Knowledge


  • Clinically competent at Band 5.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teaching and mentoring skills
  • Team building skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others
  • Organisational skills and able to work as part of a team
  • Able to support development of others
  • Articulate and knowledgeable of current professional nursing issues
  • Health promotion
  • Advocacy skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to adapt to change within working situation
  • Intravenous Therapy Skills


  • Mentors Course



  • Evidence of developing policy, guidelines and managing resources.
  • An awareness of research and evidence based practice relevant to clinical area.

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Queen Alexandra Hospital

Southwick Hill Road




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