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Registered Nurse - Paediatric Assessment Unit

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Westcliff on Sea
£28,407 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
26 Nov 2023
The Paediatric Assessment Unit are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Paediatric Band 5 nurse to join an already established team to help develop the service offered. This currently sees patients referred for clinical assessment and/or treatment of surgical, medical or orthopaedic conditions from various sources, including GP's, A& E and Community Midwives.

Southend's Paediatric Assessment Unit are a dedicated and friendly team who are committed to continuous improvements in the service. The Band 5 Nurse will assist the Manager and fellow staff in the provision and maintenance of a seamless service & highest quality care to patients.

This includes assessing, planning, delivery and evaluation of Paediatric care for children and young people attending the Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) from initial attendance through to discharge or admission to the impatient ward. The Band 5 nurse will have a structured orientation and receive on-going support to assist with progression within the role.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the Paediatric Band 5 role in PAU include to assess, plan and evaluate safe and competent family-centred care to babies, children and teenagers throughout the assessment unit. The nurse will work as part of the multidisciplinary team ensuring the delivery of a high standard of holistic individualised nursing care.

It is an essential requirement that the nurse will take reasonable care of the cleanliness of their working environment, adhere to infection control policies, procedures and guidelines in particular ensuring that you use appropriate hand hygiene practices at all times.

The post holder will adhere to the NMC code of Professional Conduct at all times and ensure compliance with hospital policies and procedures, as well as participate in all relevant aspects of the Governance process.

It is expected that the Nurse as a reflective practitioner will continue to develop their own capabilities and nursing knowledge in line with the trusts career pathway where education is supported. The Nurse will ensure they maintain an up-to-date portfolio of evidence.

Please note that this role will include working shift patterns including weekends, nights and bank holidays.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend, is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Patients will experience improved care as well as fewer delays and cancellations. We are able to provide more once-in-a-lifetime specialist care region-wide. With our new trust size will come more opportunities for development, research, networking and innovation.

We aim to make the most of our skills and experiences so we can become the best we can be. As one organisation we will recruit the finest and retain more specialist staff due to more employment opportunities across our Trust.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We look forward to your application. Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • NMC registered


  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Nursing degree or working towards a nursing degree

Knowledge and Experience


  • Recent experience of nursing in acute Paediatric Setting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of escalation and recognition of a sick deteriorating child
  • Organisation skills (incluing time management, prioritising own case load, initiative, escalation)
  • Awareness of current Paediatric Nursing issues
  • Can discuss relevant aspects of Governance


  • Experience of working in Paediatric Assessment/Ambulatory Care facility
  • Demonstrate knowledge of triage process
  • I.T Skills
  • Phlebotomy and Cannulation
  • Intravenous Administration and Central Venous Access Competent

Communication Skills


  • Effective communication with service users
  • Effective communiation with members of MDT

Personal & People Development


  • Interest in own professional development.


  • Teaching/mentorship/ supervision of junior staff experience



  • Flexibile to work in other areas of the Paediatric Department and MSE Trust

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Prittlewell Chase

Westcliff on Sea


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