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Charge Nurse - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
7 Dec 2023
At the heart of Kings is the Variety Children's Hospital (VCH) offering a wide range of services and specialities for children and young people at local, regional, and international level.Within the VCH is a 16 bedded Children's Critical Care Centre providing care to both high dependency and intensive care patients.

Working in Children's Critical Care will provide you with the opportunity to care for patients admitted under a variety of specialties:
  • Neurosurgery, trauma, general medicine and surgery, liver disease and transplantation, small bowel transplantation, neonatal surgery, intensive care and high dependency care.

Support and development opportunities are vital in our philosophy of providing the best care to our patients and in valuing our staff. Development opportunities are actively encouraged, and you will be supported in gaining relevant qualifications. In addition, the Centre enjoys the support of an education team incorporating a team of Practice Development Nurses, supported by a Clinical Facilitator.

This post is unique in equipping you with advanced clinical competencies in collaboration with the skills required to in-charge of a Children's Critical Care department.

To be eligible to apply for this role you need to be RN (1) Child and Children's Critical Care Course with previous experience of working as a Band 5 nurse within a Children's Critical Care setting. You should also hold practice supervisor and practice assessor qualification.

Main duties of the job

Your main responsibility will be the clinical care of critically ill children whilst allowing you the opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and skills. This position will also give you the chance to develop your managerial skills. You will need to thrive on working in a dynamic environment willing to teach junior staff demonstrate self-motivation and work well in a team. You should demonstrate a commitment to your own professional practice, as well as delivering high quality holistic care, with an emphasis on working in partnership with the children and their families.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �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 deliver a high standard of evidence based care to level one, two and three patients.
  • To adhere to NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times
  • To be responsible for the nursing management of a group of patients, using the nursing process
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times
  • To work in partnership with parents /carers in the care of the patient
  • To be fully involved in the health education of patients and parents/carers identifying each opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • To liaise effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in order to ensure that patients needs are met and that services are delivered in accordance with National Service Frameworks and agreed Clinical Care Guidelines.
  • To promote the well being of children and young people and safeguarding them from actual or potential harm and as necessary report concerns under the Trust safeguarding/child protection policies.
  • To ensure that relevant information regarding the patients needs / condition are communicated to the MDT and that any instructions are acted upon.
  • To facilitate opportunity for children to play and young people period for recreation
  • To act to minimise disruption to childrens schooling/education and ensure access to staff in hospital school
  • To be aware of the need to adhere to the Trusts policy on valuing equality and diversity in the workplace, which incorporates the patients / visitors and staff perspective.
  • To have due regard for each patients cultural and religious beliefs and to respect each patients privacy, dignity, gender and sexuality.
  • To acknowledge personal limitations in patient care and seek advice from senior staff members
  • To rotate to other departments within the speciality as required or as identified as a personal development need in the appraisal process
  • To be involved with nursing audit/essence of care/observations of care
  • To report adverse incidents which occur in the department as per policy. To assist in the investigation of such incidences
  • To ensure contemporaneous record keeping at all times and in line with the Trust policy on documentation.
  • Ensure clear and accurate written and verbal information is given at all times, including patient handovers
  • Participate in Trust and Care Group initiatives to develop nursing practice and support change

  • Education and Research
  • To be aware of current research and the possible implications for the ward speciality
  • To update knowledge in the light of current research and practice.
  • To act as a practice supervisor for student nurses/adaptation nurses/HCAs
  • To at as a preceptor/mentor to newly qualified staff and post registration students.
  • To actively participate in the training process by demonstrating and directly supervising and by negotiating learning contracts
  • To liaise with appropriate members of teaching staff, link lecturer/lecturer practitioner

  • Management
  • To act as a role model at all times
  • To exercise leadership where appropriate
  • To take all possible steps to safeguard the welfare and safety of all staff
  • To anticipate day to day staffing problems and take appropriate action in conjunction with the team leader, sister/charge nurse and head of nursing, to ensure good standards of care for the patient are maintained at all times.
  • To give support and advice to junior ward staff on both clinical and administrative problems
  • To ensure effective admission/discharge of patients whilst liaising with the discharge co-ordinator/bed manager
  • To keep the ward sister/charge nurse informed of significant changes in the day to day situation in the department
  • To act as a liaison within the multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimum, timely patient care.
  • To observe a general duty of are for the health, safety and well-being of self, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management associated with this post
  • To attend paediatric cardiac arrest calls within the Trust.
  • To be responsible for ensuring allocated team members appraisals are complete and an appropriate Personal Development Plan (PDP) is in place.
  • To be responsible for the monitoring and management of sickness

  • Personal professional development
  • Ensure clinical and administrative policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • To take responsibility for own professional development and to develop agreed action plan with ward sister/charge nurse
  • To participate in own performance appraisal with an initial three monthly and then six monthly review with the ward sister/charge nurse
  • To ensure PREP requirements are achieved
  • To undertake local development programme to facilitate progression to manage and co-ordinate the clinical area on a day-to-day basis.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse
    • Children's Critical Care Course

    Employer details

    Employer name

    King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    Denmark Hill


    SE5 9RS

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