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Staff Nurse - New Graduate Programme PICU - Royal Brompton

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc. HCA
Closing date
9 Oct 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for newly qualified children's nurses to join the New Graduate programme on our Paediatric Critical Care unit, which is fast paced, innovative and dynamic environment.

The PICU is an established 16 bedded unit plus 4 PHDU beds within the new Evelina Cardio-Respiratory and Intensive Care directorate based at The Royal Brompton Hospital site.

we recognize that the first two years of professional nursing practice will establish the foundation of clinical knowledge and skills needed for the length of your career. Hence our commitment to your continuous professional development, by providing a solid base for you to build upon.

The PICU New Graduate Programme provides protected orientation time and a structured curriculum tailored to meet your individual learning needs. You will have the support of dedicated Clinical Nurse Educators and mentors, to facilitate your integration in the unit and in the team. The clinical skills/knowledge acquisition is supported by various modalities of teaching and training including theory teaching, workshops, simulation scenarios and ad-hoc bedside teaching.

InPICU you will be given the opportunity to learn how to manage ventilated patients and develop your advanced critical care skills and knowledge. Intensive care will also provide contact with invasive monitoring, inotropic support and post-operative cases management.

Advert closing: 15th October 2023

Interview date: 25th October 2023

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will participate as a member of the multidisciplinary team and reach desired levels of competence in carrying out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision
  • He/she is required to develop additional clinical skills in the speciality
  • He /she is expected to participate in appropriate education and research requirements
  • The post holder will work closely with the PICU manager and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining policies, standards of nursing care and staff development as part of the ward team.
  • To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.
  • We aim that all members of the PICU team will work in an environment which provides support and mutual respect for each other
  • To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.
  • The post holder is responsible for managing the care of an individual or group of patients and the needs of their families, ensuring that quality is maintained
  • The post holder is required to develop responsibility in assessing care needs of patients in the clinical setting and to demonstrate nursing skills to new or junior nurses (after a period of satisfactory training and experience)
  • The post holder will be required to supervise trainee or junior nurses (after a period of training/experience)

About us

From 1st April 2022, Children's services at The Royal Brompton Hospital site became part of the Cardiac, Respiratory and Intensive Care Directorate at Evelina London, which is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust . With over 3,000 dedicated staff, and led by an Executive Team and Board, we have significant devolved autonomy to focus operationally and strategically upon the needs of our patients. We also benefit from being part of a large and successful NHS foundation trust, whose values we share. We have an ambitious strategic development programme, with backing from Guy's and St Thomas'.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Joana Gracio, Clinical Nurse Educator -

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Patient/customer care (both direct & indirect)
  • In partnership with other professionals and disciplines to develop individual programmes which provide measurable outcomes of patient care. The process should include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care in accordance with Trust and department policies.
  • Is required to work according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct (2002)
  • Is required to understand the Children Act (1989, 2004), the Childrens National Service Framework (2004) and know the nursing responsibilities in relation to these publications
  • To be aware of responsibilities in relation to national as well as local child protection policies
  • Is competent in reporting on patients progress, giving feedback and planning desired change with senior staff.
  • Ensure that nursing documentation is maintained to the Trust standard (including electronic records).
  • Under supervision participate in conducting nursing audit to achieve the agreed standards.
  • Under the supervision of the Sister/Charge Nurse contribute and participate in the process of setting goals and benchmarking standards of care.
  • In conjunction with the staff team contribute to developing and maintaining a ward /department philosophy and model of care.
  • Demonstrate through a holistic approach to nursing care and day-to-day clinical issues an understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • To demonstrate awareness and compliance with Trust policies, procedures, guidelines and standards.
  • To be aware of the Trusts framework of clinical governance within the ward or department area, seeking advice or guidance where necessary.
  • Identify and report clinical risks so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the Trust risk management policy.
  • To provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical, psychological and spiritual well being for staff, patients/clients and their relatives/carers, seeking guidance or advice where necessary.
  • Record and report all incidents/complaints involving staff, patients and visitors in accordance with Trust policies and assist in any investigations as required.
  • To take charge of the clinical needs of a group of defined patients and/or ward or department on occasion prioritising workload according to changing clinical need over a 24 period.
  • To delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members in relation to patient care.
  • Participate in Trust wide research awareness sessions for nurses and midwives and recommend innovations for clinical practice.
  • To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements.
  • Be competent in the use of highly technical equipment in order to provide required and best care for each and every patient
  • Be competent in accessing a variety of central lines in order to obtain blood samples or administer drugs
  • Communication
  • To demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations.
  • Contribute towards sharing good practice within the ward/PICU department and Trust wide.
  • To promote a positive image of the Trust at all times.
  • To work cohesively with all members of the ward/PICU team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.
  • People management
  • Actively manage own annual leave in line with Trust and local Policy and Procedure.
  • Maintain, update and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills by participating in the Trusts appraisal process and PDP development.
  • Participate in the programme for clinical supervision as required.
  • Maintain a personal, professional profile, identifying role and skill developments in line within the NMC code of conduct.
  • Information management
  • To be actively involved in maintaining data quality on PAS or similar systems in the future.
  • Undertake relevant training for electronic information systems in place & under development.
  • Following Trust / local guidelines order relevant tests and access results
  • Participate in the collection of audit and research data as required.
  • Resource management
  • To work together with the ward/PICU team to ensure effective use of resources
  • To actively engage with the rostering process on the ward/PICU
  • To work together with the ward/PICU team to ensure effective use of resources & adequate stock levels.
  • Service development
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive learning environment for colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • To participate in staff education and development, including utilising appropriate learning opportunities and to act as a mentor and resource for student nurses, adaptation and unqualified members of the nursing team.
  • Policy development
  • Under the supervision of the ward / department manager to work on delegated projects relating to local policy development.
  • To be actively involved in the implementation of Trust policies and procedures at unit / department level, reinforcing their use.

To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Newly graduated - RN child


  • Degree or MSc

Experience and Knowledge


  • Ability to practice within the scope of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct


  • Awareness of the structure and organisation of the wider NHS.

Skills and ability


  • Good communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • A willingness to participate in continuing professional development


  • Able to understand the need for evidence-based practice.
  • An understanding of professional accountability and patient advocacy

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


PICU, Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street



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