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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse (Rainbow Ward)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 per annum inc
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Is your passion giving excellent care to sick children whatever their diagnosis? Are you career minded with drive and enthusiasm? Do you enjoy playing a key role within the multidisciplinary team in acute care? Then read on.

Rainbow Centre for Children and Young People based at Newham University Hospital is one of three children's acute sites within Barts Health NHS Trust.

The unit cares for children and young people aged 0-16 years admitted with acute nursing and medical needs. The diverse staff are renowned for their friendliness and can do attitude and always extend a warm welcome to new members and visitors to the unit.

You will be supported by the senior nursing team and professional development team. We can offer a robust preceptorship programme and an internal rotation programme, encompassing Paediatric Emergency department. We work closely with our Higher Education partners and support nurses reach their full potential.

The Government has announced that the legal requirement for all NHS workers in England, to be double vaccinated,is currently under legislative review.

We do however encourage those in roles that have face to face contact with patients to be double vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless they are medically exempt), and are continuing to support the vaccination uptake for all staff as this remains the best line of defence.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the continued assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for children & young people within the Children's Unit including Acute, Ambulatory and Day Care areas and on occasion working in OPD.

Responsible for the management and supervision of junior members of the team and teaching qualified and unqualified staff.

Deputise for ward managers in the absence of the person with continuing responsibility and take charge of the unit as required .

Actively participate in service development activity.

About us

Working for your organisation

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities
  • Ensures the process of nursing is developed to meet the individual needs of each patient, providing well documented assessment, care planning and evaluation
  • Responsible for setting, providing and maintaining high standards of clinically effective nursing care at all times
  • Provide leadership and management to the staff team during shift ensuring effective use of human resources on the ward to ensure safe and efficient service deliver
  • Ensure that a child and family-centred approach to care is provided in inpatient areas, which takes account of childrens individual medical, psychological, emotional and social needs
  • Identifies and receives clinical supervision in line with Trust Policy
  • During shift, responsible for providing clinical support and guidance to junior members of staff/students and identification of opportunities for continued professional development and competencies
  • Responsible for ensuring organization of resources to ensure delivery of effective, competent nursing care within identified clinical area
  • Provides technically skilled nursing care that is sensitive, relevant and responsive to the needs of the individual client in liaison with child/young person and parent/carer
  • Enable independence by teaching, supporting and encouraging children/young people and their parents/carers to participate in meeting their own care needs. Making appropriate onward referral to other paediatric teams and specialists as required
  • Responsible for the safe co-ordination of admissions within the unit for children & young people booked for surgeries, investigations, tests or ongoing treatment, ensuring best use of available resources and in line with local policy and procedures
  • Following period of training and evaluation undertake technically skilled clinical care as identified in line with scope for professional practice e.g. Phlebotomy, cannulation, specialist transfusions, immunizations
  • Provides technically skilled clinical care and/or advice to junior team members in the planning and delivery for escort duties for children and young people e.g. planning for emergency or booked treatment/tests or investigations at local or tertiary centre
  • In partnership with multidisciplinary team develop and contribute to pre-admission programmes for children & young people to be admitted to unit for planned procedures, treatments or elective surgery
  • Responsible for identifying and maintaining own professional development in line with Post Registration Education and Practice
  • Practice a high standard of professional conduct in accordance with the policies, protocols and guidelines of the Trust and the NMC Scope of Professional Conduct and Standard Documents
  • Liaises effectively with members of the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams to ensure delivery and implementation of nursing care and effective and co-ordinated discharge planning
  • With the support of Band 6 nursing staff and Management team be partly responsible for an identified area of specialist interest and development within the childrens unit, ensuring up to date research methods are implemented in care delivery and planning
  • In partnership with the Nurse Team Managers and band 6 staff, ensures the regular audit and evaluation of identified area of clinical practice and implementation of change management
  • Ensures client confidentiality at all times in line with trust guideline
  • Maintaining and accessing Electronic Patient Records and utilisation of software packages eg: outlook, wor
  • Undertake role as advocate for child and family representing best interests of child or young person, in partnership with parents, at specialist meetings, in decision making et
  • Maintaining nursing records to the Trust Standards and in accordance with the Standards for Records and Record keeping (NMC
  • Undertake roles and responsibilities of Nominated nurse fire bleep holder in line with trust guidelines when deemed competent to become Nurse in Charge/ Shift co-ordinator.

  • Responsible for the management of nursing staff within the ward during a span of dut
  • To attend Team Meetings, Away Days and contribute to the development of ward polices and procedures within the childrens uni
  • Acts as an assessor to nursing students through mentorship system
  • Acts as expert Preceptor for newly qualified staff nurses within the team and clinical supervisor to junior members of the team
  • Responsible for 1st line management and reporting of incidents, complaints and comments from patients, carers or relatives in accordance with Trust policies and procedures
  • Is involved in the setting and maintaining of standards of care (including Health & Safety) in accordance with Trust policies
  • Co-ordinates the care given by other professionals as appropriate within the Team
  • Co-ordination and management of Child Protection Procedures in line with Trust policies and procedures, accessing regular supervision from Trust lead Child Protection Nurse Advisor
  • Responsible for ongoing daily identification and management of clinical risk within the Childrens Unit e.g. infection control, risk management
  • Undertake proactive role in development of clinically effective care
  • Advises parents, carers and child/young person in the promotion of health and safety, prevention of illness.

The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and it is likely that duties may be altered from time to time in the light of changing circumstances and after consultation with the post holder.

The post holder might be required to work across the Trust at any time throughout the duration of his/her contract, which may entail travel and working at different hospital.

Person Specification



  • RSCN/RN Child
  • Assessing and mentoring qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of resource management
  • Knowledge in education process of patients, families, students and other qualified/non qualified staff
  • Knowledge/ experience of providing nursing care for children within an acute paediatric setting
  • Awareness of working with children/families within a multi-cultural environment
  • Previous involvement in/ knowledge of child protection process & procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham University Hospital

Glen Rd,


E13 8SL

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