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Junior Sister/Junior Charge Nurse - Paediatric Short Stay Unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year High Cost Area Allowance is attached to this position
Closing date
24 Sep 2023
Permanent OR Secondment Opportunity

Are you an experienced Children's Nurse looking for your next challenge to work as a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse?

If so, we invite you to apply to join the Paediatric Short Stay Unit (PSSU) team at King's College Hospital.

The PSSU is a 6 bedded ward catering for children requiring hospital admission for < 48hours.

The cases handled include but are not limited to:

- head injury requiring < 48hours observations

- respiratory presentations such as: viral induced wheeze, pneumonia, bronchiolitis

- sickle cell crises and management


- gastroenteritis

- Simple orthopaedic fractures

The team fits within Paediatric Ambulatory services and works closely with the Children's Hospital in the Home team.

Main duties of the job

We endeavour to do the following:
  • Ensure family-centred care is promoted on our unit and children and young people are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Act with professionalism and integrity at all time being a role-model, providing direction and motivation to colleagues and students.
  • Provide holistic care to children, young people and their families, ensuring everyone has equal opportunities.
  • Demonstrate honesty and learn from errors to support the creation of a no-blame culture where people feel able to share and learn from experiences together.
  • To work as part of a team demonstrating effective communication and working collaboratively with colleagues within and external to the department.
  • To participate in the teaching and supervision of junior staff and student nurses
  • To be a safe and effective practitioner, able to provide patients and families with a high standard of nursing care.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical Practice
    • To assist in the delivery of a expert nursing service for people with specialist needs
    • To provide expert nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through treatment
    • To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care, assessing health, health related and nursing needs of patients, their families and other carers
    • To manage own patient caseload under supervision
    • To assist in the delivery of a seamless service through Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) processes and communication
    • To be aware of the process of operational policy review annually in accordance with national standards
    • To ensure care is given in accordance with agreed protocols.
    • To follow-up patients under supervision as appropriate and ensure all relevant information is available to enable patients to make an informed choice about their treatment
    • To liaise with the ward staff to ensure appropriate and timely transfer/discharge/follow-up arrangement are in place for patients
    • To adhere to the mechanisms for MDT referrals to the Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • To liaise with local community, social services, paramedics and voluntary organisations regarding current service availability
    • To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements.
    • To participate in the development of appropriate patient group directives to facilitate/enhance the discharge process
    • To participate in relevant fora at Care Group or Trust Level to represent the service perspective
    • To act as a resource person to others, providing accurate information, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, patients and their relatives.
    • To provide appropriate information and educational literature in order to assist patients/carers make informed choices as to their treatment plan and continuing management.
  • Education and Research
    • To participate in programmes of education and training in according to meet the identified needs of clients, carers and others involved in their care.
    • To actively participate in educational events provided by the Trust and Primary Care sector.
    • To attend meetings and conferences as appropriate ensuring that you are fully conversant with current issues within the Trust and nationally
    • To participate in clinical audit within the Trust as directed
    • To participate in any appropriate/relevant Trust approved research projects conducted within the department.
    • To be aware of and actively apply nursing research and evidence based practice relevant to the speciality.
    • To work with other staff in clinical areas where changes to practice are required. Also where opportunities exist to improve treatment and support for patients.
    • To act as a link nurse (e.g. for infection control, tissue viability) ensuring attendance at and contribution to Trust wide meetings. To be responsible for ensuring dissemination of relevant information from these to all staff within the unit.
  • Management
    • To participate in any local change programmes in order to improve standards and communication links from acute trust through to Primary Care
    • To keep updated on clinical and professional developments, attending training courses and appropriate updates.
    • To work within the policies and guidelines set out by the Trust and Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice.
    • To have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of self in the working environment to follow safe working practices and to comply at all times with the Trusts Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.
    • To be familiar with the Trusts Risk Management procedures on reporting complaints, accidents and incidents.
    • To network with the team of clinical nurse specialists within the Trust to evaluate and promote the specialist-nursing role.
    • To utilise and maintain information systems to aid audit and to provide regular actively analysis reports.
    • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate treatment records, submitting relevant statistics, reports and activity data as requested.
    • To contribute evaluation to the service in terms of clinical effectiveness, clinical excellence and value for money.
    • To maintain effective links within primary secondary and tertiary care to ensure effective communication.
    • Ensures compliance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy, supporting the delivery of the Trusts Race Equality Scheme and the Trust's duty to positively promote race equality and equality of opportunity for disabled people ensuring services are responsive to the needs of equality groups.
  • Personal Professional Development
    • To achieve a range of clinical competencies as required within the Trust and Care Group.
    • To keep up-to-date with current literature and research in the speciality.
    • To maintain your own personal and professional development in accordance with PREP requirements, attending mandatory study sessions as required.
    • To undergo and actively participate in your own and others performance appraisals
    • To act as delegate of the Ward Manager as required with appropriate support and guidance
    • To keep up to date with NMC, relevant specialist Faculty & Trust guidelines and protocols.
    • To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional conduct working within and accepting responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of competence.
    • To be working towards further post registration qualifications relevant to the specialty area

    In carrying out the duties of the post, the employee is required to work in accordance with the policies and procedures of Kings College Hospital, including Health and Safety, confidentiality, data protection and equal opportunities. Kings College Hospital operates a no smoking policy.

    This role specification is for guidance only and will change over time and according to circumstances.

    Person Specification

    application form and interview


    • Current registration as a Children's Nurse (NMC) UK
    • Completion of mentorship certificate and/or PSSSA or equivalent
    • Significant demonstrable clinical expertise in a paediatric setting
    • Demonstrable interest in and commitment to the professional development of others.
    • Able to contribute to the development of students, nurses and oneself
    • Demonstrated understanding of continuous quality improvement


    • Competency in venepuncture/cannulation
    • Experience in working in an ambulatory setting

    Employer details

    Employer name

    King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    Denmark Hill


    SE5 9RS

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