Senior Staff Nurse

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and enthusiastic Senior staff nurse/Clinical Educator to join our friendly and progressive team in the Helena Specialist Nursing Team and Ryegate House. 22.50 hours per week.

The Helena Specialist Nursing Team provides continuing care packages to children and young people either in the family home or in education settings. Our team is made up of highly skilled nurses, nurse associates, assistant practitioners, support workers and administrative staff who together strive to provide gold standard personalised care to children and young people within the Sheffield area.

Ryegate House is a six bedded facility which provides short breaks with 24 hour nursing care for children and young people aged 0-19 years with complex neurological health conditions. Our primary purpose is to provide opportunities for children or young people with complex health need to spend time away from their primary carers. This includes day, evening, overnight or weekend respite.

You will be responsible for their professional development and are expected to deliver and maintain high standards of nursing care. You will need to demonstrate your leadership and shift management capabilities.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team are essential to the job. You will also be expected to have an understanding of professional and current issues in children's nursing.

A full orientation & training package will be offered.

Main duties of the job

  • To co-ordinate and provide skilled nursing care to patients, in accordance with responsibilities under the NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Act as an advocate for patients.
  • To support in the clinical education of staff members in the team, patients, families, and education provisions.
  • To assist the Ward Manager in managing and developing the service and team.
  • To work collaboratively within a Multidisciplinary team, internal and external to the organisation, to facilitate holistic seamless care delivery for all Trust Patients.
  • To give leadership to junior staff and manage the service and team in the absence of the ward manager.
  • To support the ward manager in his/her role and participate in managing the ward, staff and resources, to maintain standards within the clinical governance agenda.
  • To represent the ward manager at relevant meetings and forums.
  • To deputise for the ward manager when required and act as role model and leader to other junior staff.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be registered as RSCN or RN (Child), and use this knowledge in the daily care of patients.
  • To have completed band 5 development packages and have significant post registration experience within paediatrics at minimum of Band 5.
  • To undertake administration of prescribed medication within the Trust policy for administration of medicines.
  • To be aware of the resources available for continuing education and demonstrate a positive attitude towards self-development.
  • Principles of Infection Control. It is essential that the post-holder adheres to all Trust infection control policies, procedures and protocols (to include hand decontamination, correct use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and care and management of patients with communicable infections.
  • To work within Trust Child Safeguarding Policies and undertake safeguarding training at Level 3.
  • Identify own personal and professional needs through the personal development review process, knowledge and skills framework & clinical supervision process and to work and achieve objectives set.
  • To ensure that personal mandatory and statutory training requirements are met in accordance with Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust policies, maintaining own professional profile.
  • Maintain competence in the use of all medical devices used within the department.
  • To be able to analyse and make decisions in relation to risk and patient care in complex cases.
  • To plan straightforward and complex tasks on an ongoing basis.
  • Utilise clinical and risk assessment skills to maintain a safe environment.
  • To review current practice and report to ward/departmental manager areas requiring change.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Diploma Level Education as Registered Nurse (RN Child, RNLD or RSCN)
  • Willingness to undertake speciality specific training
  • Teaching, Mentoring and Assessors qualification
  • Current registration with NMC


  • Willingness to undertake study at degree level
  • Relevant Post Basic registration Course



  • Minimum of 3 years staffing experience within paediatrics and evidence of competencies achieved
  • Mentoring experience with nursing students and one-to one teaching of junior staff
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to professional development


  • Staffing experience within speciality
  • Relevant project work
  • Understanding of budgetary or resource management
  • Risk Assessment training

Knowledge and Skills


  • Role of Senior Staff Nurse and ability to work within and lead a team
  • Understanding of the clinical governance agenda
  • Experience of undertaking the audit process
  • Health, Safety and Risk awareness
  • Awareness of resource management
  • Health & Safety Safe Practices e.g. Moving and Handling, Sharps, COSHH, Information Governance
  • Responsibility for safe practices of Infection Control principles
  • Principles of Safeguarding of children & training to Level 3


  • Experience in Nursing Speciality of ward or department
  • Able to demonstrate involvement and understanding of the Research process
  • Current certificates to show relevant study and e-learning

Personal Attributes


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to respect the cultural, social and religious diversity within society
  • Able to use own initiative and good decision making skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Paediatric Life Support training


  • E/A.P.L.S. training
  • Enhanced clinical skills such as accessing totally implanted central venous access devices, blood sampling from central lines

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's Hospital

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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