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Senior Staff Nurse - Savannah Neurology & Inherited Metabolic Diseases

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc. HCA
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Savannah Neurosciencesis a 16 bedded ward caring for children and young people with brain, spinal cord and nervous system conditions, complex epilepsy, neuro-inflammatory conditions and inherited disorders of metabolism. We also look after children requiring high dependency care. As a tertiary centre we take referrals from all over the South East of England, providing specialist treatments and and we are the regional inherited metabolic diseases centre for the South Thames, covering south London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and beyond and have close links with the children's liver centre at King's College Hospital.

As part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London is there for children, young people and women from London to South East England and provides specialist care for families around the UK and across the world.

Every year, the number of children and young people Evelina London cares for, in our hospitals and throughout our local community, continues to grow. We support families from pre-conception, before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.

Right in the heart of vibrant London, we benefit from excellent transport links, we have staff working here from the local areas, spanning across London, and further afield into the home counties.

Closing: 04/12/2023

Interview: 15/12/2023

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit a motivated and adaptive experienced paediatric nurse to provide high quality specialist nursing care to children and young people.

The successful individual will have substantial post registration experience and will work as part of the nursing leadership team within Savannah Neurosciences ward. You will be responsible for supporting junior members of staff and liaise with the medical team regarding transfer of patients from the South Thames area. You will have some management responsibility as the nurse in charge, and will constantly assess the ward's needs, in order to maintain patient safety.

You will benefit from excellent support from the senior nursing management team, and will be exposed to the operational and strategic running of clinical services.

You will have excellent communication skills and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with families and within the multidisciplinary team, both verbally and in writing. You will to be able to constructively feedback to all multidisciplinary team members to ensure ongoing and continuous improvement ensuring patient safety, positive experience and quality care.

We passionately believe in promoting care and compassion to all our patients and provide a holistic child and family-centered approach to all the children and young people in our care.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

At Evelina, we are reminded every day of how important life is, and how important it is to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff as they balance of responsibilities in and out of work. We are committed to supporting flexible working we want to support you to work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Part time working is available.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and creating a sense of belonging and fun for all our teams caring for women, children and families as we continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs, we recognise the huge benefit of our workforce being reflective of the diverse communities we serve.

We are committed to supporting the professional development of staff, and have excellent training and educational offerings. Recognising that looking after babies, children and young people is incredibly rewarding, but can also bring challenge we offer amazing resources to help support our staff's emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and carries out specialist nursing procedures.

Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care.

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in thespeciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.

To be an effective communicator with patients/carers/families regarding disease treatment and management.

Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoring and audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust

Set, monitor and review standards of care on a regular basis and initiate corrective action plans.

Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafeenvironment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the Sister/Charge Nurse for the area.

Ensure that the learning environment and specialist training is appropriate for both pre and post registration learners and participate in the development of appropriate programs.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to other staff, students and may undertake research, lead clinical audits in own specialist area.

To assist the Sister/Charge Nurse in developing a culture that ischallenging, stimulating, rewarding and supportive.

Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice and provide support or advice when necessary.

Promote and undertake nursing research updating own knowledge to promote excellence in clinical practice.

Take an active role in risk assessment, supporting implementation of strategies to minimise risk. Ensuring incidents and near misses arereported, through promoting a no blame culture.

Ensure all staff act in accordance with Local, Hospital and StatutoryGuidelines & Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.

Please see the attached Job Description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist care
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations
  • Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate with others. Ability to organise and plan own time and that of junior staff and learners.



  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)


  • HDU course or equivalent

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and Behaviour

Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital



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