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Paediatric Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Department

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
2 Dec 2023
Do you want a further your career in Paediatric Emergency Care learning the skills and knowledge to help you look after some of London's sickest children? Are you enthusiastic, self-motivated and looking to work within a friendly and dynamic team? If so then this is the post for you!

UCLH has an international reputation for research, innovation and patient-focused care. The posts are based within a highly motivated team who are committed to achieving high quality clinical outcomes for a diverse patient population. The team is supported by Clinical Practice Facilitators, two departmental Play Specialists and has strong links with the Paediatric and Adolescent Division. UCLH Emergency Department strives on team work. You will need to have strong communication and be adaptive to working in emergency situations and an eagerness to advance in Emergency Nursing practice.

This is a responsible role and we will endeavour to encourage you to play an important part in strengthening our status as one London's leading Emergency Departments. The shift pattern is internal rotation and will include working within the resuscitation room.

Working within a leading academic trust you can look forward to proactive managerial support for personal and professional development including opportunities for degree and masters pathways via Southbank or City University and internal teaching opportunities

Main duties of the job

1. To work according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines as a named nurse (or key worker) for a defined group of patients and take responsibility for:o protecting and supporting the health of individual patients and clientso the assessment of care and health education needso the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care including discharge planning for each patient

2. To be designated to take charge of the ward/department regularly in the absence of the person holding continuing responsibility3. To work in accordance with UCLH Nursing and Midwifery Strategy and Core Standards and contribute towards achieving the Trust's Top 10 Objectives4. To maintain effective communication5. To provide a high standard of holistic patient-centred care6. To act as a facilitator/mentor/preceptor to student nurses and others and participate in clinical supervision programmes as appropriate

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a Paediatric Nurse that can offer us:

Paediatric Emergency Nursing experience to be able to share new skills and knowledge to our excellent team of emergency nurses

A passion for delivering excellent patient care

A willingness to learn new skills, take charge of the emergency department on a shift by shift basis and lead by example

A willingness to develop skills

The ability to communicate effectively and maintain professionalism at all times

We have a very friendly and supportive team which is led by a Senior Nurses and a Matron. You will be working alongside a Consultant Nurse and a team of accredited advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) as well Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) as part of the team.

We have a reputation as a centre of clinical excellence and our hospitals are in great central London locations and we have a wide range of career opportunities that we can offer within the Trust.

We offer our permanent staff an interest free ticket loan, a subsidised social club including gym and swimming facilities, a library for staff to use, free independent and confidential support for all staff and large retail discounts


Participate in the promotion and maintenance of effective communication with the patient and their carer(s) Develop and apply communication skills in order to convey complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events Complete patient documentation correctly, appropriately and in a timely manner Assist patients to gain access to health and social care, information and support relevant to their needs Provide information which enables patients to make choices about adopting a healthier lifestyle Maintain patient confidentiality Maintain professional boundaries and working relationships with patients and colleagues

Personal and People Development

Educate patients and their carer(s) as required where a need has been identified Participate in annual staff appraisal, staff development and in-service training activities in line with the Knowledge and Skills Framework Attend Trust/local orientation programmes, mandatory training sessions and annual updates Be appraised at least annually and contribute to own personal development plan (PDP) Be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness in accordance with CPD requirements and maintain a professional profile Help maintain a suitable learning environment for staff and act as a facilitator in the supervision and teaching of nursing students and others to develop their competence Develop own teaching skills and participate in staff/student education programmes that develop competence and performance Assist in the training and development of Health Care assistants and complete assessors training as required

Health, Safety and Security

Maintain a clean environment that is conducive to safe, therapeutic and ethical practice Be accountable for and ensure own competence in practice Assist in promoting nursing practice and care delivery in line with relevant research and evidence base and with reference to trust policies and guidelines Identify potential risks for all staff, patients and visitors and adhere to relevant incident reporting procedures Ensure the safe custody and administration of drugs in accordance with local and Trust policy and legal requirements Handle and dispose of all body fluids in accordance with universal precautions

Service Improvement

Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of nursing practice standards, guidelines, protocols, policies and care pathways - local and trust wide Contribute to the setting and monitoring of measurable standards of care and be accountable for maintaining standards Deliver care based on current evidence, best practice and validated research when available Work with the Practice Development Team to review nursing practice, implementing appropriate changes in accordance with above principles Contribute to research and development programmes within the ward/department


Ensure a welcoming, caring and safe environment is provided for the patient and their family/visitors/carers Promote a happy and supportive environment Maintain own and others awareness of the national, professional and local quality issues relevant to the delivery of nursing services Uphold quality initiatives that improve customer care and enhance the interface between staff, patients and visitors and other wards and departments within the trust Participate in audit processes for monitoring and reviewing nursing quality Assist in raising the profile of the Essence of Care Benchmarking process and implementing the action plans Promote the role of the nurse in handling complaints in accordance with UCLH policy

Equality and Diversity

Carry out duties and responsibilities with regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity policy Recognise the importance of peoples rights and act in accordance with legislation, policies and procedures Act in ways that acknowledge and recognise peoples expressed beliefs, preferences and choices respecting diversity and valuing people as individuals Take account of own behaviour and its effect on others

Assessment and care planning to meet health and wellbeing needs

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients and make changes as necessary Produce care plans that are appropriate to the patients needs, monitor and update them Plan and co-ordinate patients discharge arrangements

Provision of care to meet health and wellbeing needs

Act as a Named Nurse and maintain accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programmes of care Act as an advocate for the patient, providing them with information and directing them to the relevant support services where appropriate Take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks Respect peoples dignity, wishes and beliefs involve them in shared decision-making and obtain their consent before undertaking nursing procedures Promote a patient focused multidisciplinary approach to care in collaboration with carers, health care professionals and other agencies Ensure that treatments prescribed by the medical staff are carried out, and that multidisciplinary team members are informed of changes in the patients condition Ensure safe and timely transfer of patients in accordance with UCLH policy Ensure safe discharge of patients in accordance with UCLH Discharge Policy

Information Processing

Use electronic patient records (EPR) and develop other computer literacy skills. Collect/record data accurately in accordance with professional guidelines and UCLH Core Standards.

Learning and Development

Assist with the induction of new staff by contributing to local orientation programmes Participate in Clinical Supervision as appropriate Help maintain a suitable learning environment for staff Act as a preceptor/facilitator/mentor for junior staff and supervise them in the delivery of care

Financial Management

Develop and maintain awareness of budgeting and resource management Manage allocated resources effectively and efficiently, e.g. correct staffing numbers/ skill mix for patient dependency, bed management, utilisation of time and equipment Ensure prudent use of bank and agency staff in line with Trust / local policy and available budget Report when the availability of supplies falls below an acceptable standard or level

People Management

Take charge of the shift in the absence of senior staff and co-ordinate the multidisciplinary team Supervise and support team members and ensure that all patients receive appropriate care Develop general ward / department management skills and clinical expertise Assess and monitor staffing requirements and report problems to the appropriate manager Develop rostering skills to ensure safe and appropriate staffing numbers and skill mix. Assist with recruitment and selection of staff after undergoing appropriate training Assist with annual staff appraisals, addressing personal development plans (PDP) and monitoring/managing performance Develop an awareness of directorate/divisional management processes

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Part 1, 2 or relevant section of the register


  • Relevant Teaching course



  • 2 years post reg paediatric experience
  • Experience of working in A& E
  • Triage Competent


  • Plaster Competent



  • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats
  • Managing difficult conversation course



  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of Clinical Governance, e.g. Risk Management, audit & quality
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