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Senior Staff Nurse - Mountain Ward General Medicine & HDU

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA (Pro rata for part time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Evelina London Children's Hospital is at the heart of a network of children's health services across South East England, and the first children's hospital to be rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission. We provide a comprehensive range of children's healthcare services and we continue to evolve and grow, transforming our services.

Mountain medical & HDU ward consists of 30 beds ( 23 medical and 7 HDU beds), caring for children from birth to 18 years of age with general medical conditions, respiratory, ENT, home ventilation and high dependency care.

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Band 6 nurses to join our team for a permanent and secondment ( maternity cover) full-time positions

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and carrying out specialist nursing procedures.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of service users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person-centred care principles.

As a band 6 paediatric nurse you will have the opportunity to develop all your leadership and clinical skills in a busy, positive and supportive environment, as well as focusing on your career options with the support of your ward managers, clinical educators and Matron.

Closing Date: 24th September 2023

Interview Date: 2nd October 2023

Main duties of the job

As part of this role, you will be a clinical role model and advocate for your patients. You will work closely with the senior nursing team to continue to move the service forward and implement improvements in practice to ensure the best experience and outcomes for our patients and their families.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to other staff, students and may undertake research, and lead clinical audits in their own specialist area

You will have the opportunity toencourage and empower other team members to develop both personally and professionally to achieve their maximum potential whilst also using your experience to provide clinical leadership.So come and join our fantastic team!

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighboring NHS organizations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organization and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

-Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patientexperience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs anddoctrines.

-Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilstworking as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised andpersonalised direct patient care

-To be responsible, for maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitorsand other staff within the clinical environment.

-Ensure staff take precautions to minimise the risk of cross infection inrelation to the safe disposal of body fluids (including blood).

-Assess educational and information needs for patients and families, anddevise plans to ensure need are met.

-Promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the development of thespecialist service, through the use of evidence based practice and clinicalstandards

-Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafeenvironment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention ofthe Sister/Charge Nurse for the area.

-Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoringand audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust

-Identify and raise awareness of the educational needs of patients andcarers and implement appropriate education programmes

-To assist the Sister/Charge Nurse in developing a culture that ischallenging, stimulating, rewarding and supportive.

-Assist the Sister/Charge nurse to ensure that all students and newlyappointed staff have identified mentors/preceptors.

-Contribute and assist the Sister/Charge Nurse to foster a learningenvironment within the clinical area.

-Promote and undertake nursing research updating own knowledge topromote excellence in clinical practice.

-Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledgeand high standards of clinical practice and provide support or advice whennecessary.

-In co-ordinating the day-to-day management of the clinical area, delegatesduties and care appropriately whilst maintaining overall responsibility.

-In co-ordinating the day-to-day management of the clinical area, delegatesduties and care appropriately whilst maintaining overall responsibility.

-Ensures that staffing and skill mix is maintained, at all times, to a level thatdoes not compromise patient safety.

-Responsible for the assessment and subsequent ordering of bank andagency staff within the clinical area including being an authorised signatoryfor temporary staff

-To be involved in the development, assessment and implementation ofguidelines, protocols and pathways.

-To deputise for the Sister/Charge Nurse in their absence

Please see attached job description for full details

Person Specification



  • Post-registration experience within relevant speciality
  • Experiencing of co-ordinating a shift
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experienced and competent in the management of patients within the speciality


  • Paediatric HDU experience or equivalent

Qualifications/ Education


  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Evidence of professional/clinical knowledge in area supplemented by specialist clinical, managerial training and CPD
  • Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)


  • Paediatric HDU course or equivalent



  • Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by theory acquired through CPD
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues. Knowledge of evidence based practice.
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care delivered to patients/clients and give relevant advice/information to patients and relatives.
  • Ability to administer prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products
  • An understanding of resource management
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations
  • An understanding of audit and research based nursing practice
  • Demonstrate an awareness of clinical governance and risk management and how this effects their role and the department
  • Evidence of managing junior staff members including PDR completion and/or sickness management


  • Microsoft Word / Excel skills

Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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