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Sister/Charge Nurse - Paediatric ICU

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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The paediatric intensive care unit is seeking a Band 6 nurse to cover part time and full time hours. The unit has 9 intensive care beds and 4 high dependency beds. Your role will be to manage the unit in the absence of a senior nurse. We are looking for a committed paediatric nurse with leadership and organisational skills, and a vision to provide a quality service and to maximise a positive patient experience.

Development opportunities at a local level are actively encouraged and you will be supported in gaining relevant qualifications to your role and career progression.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for competently providing safe and effective care, without direct supervision, to critically ill or injured children requiring all levels of high dependency / intensive care (Level 1, 2 and 3). Assess care needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care. Participate in the supervision, teaching, assessment and appraisal of pre and post registration staff. Participate in the development and continuous service provision of children's services offering advice and support to the clinical areas.

Regularly co-ordinate the management of the nursing care delivered, taking charge of PICU/PHDU in the absence of a Lead Nurse for PICU and PHDU. Demonstrate leadership ability.

Undertake bed management of the children's areas on a rota basis when the bed manager is not available.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values ofTogether - Safe, Kind, Excellentsupport the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

Closing date is midnight on 21 April 2024

Interviews are due to be held in the week commencing 29 April 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • RN (Child)/ RN with relevant Paediatric experience
  • Relevant post registration paediatric critical care qualification (equivalent to ENB 415)
  • Evidence of degree level study or equivalent
  • Child protection training
  • Relevant teaching and assessing / mentorship course


  • Advanced level child protection training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development at degree level



  • Evidence of delivery, and supervision of learners in the delivery, of evidenced based nursing care to level 1, 2 and 3 patients without supervision, at Band 5 to children in a paediatric intensive care setting
  • Evidence of assessment, planning, set-up and delivery of advanced ventilation in the form of HFOV, Nitric Oxide and Renal Replacement Therapy


  • Evidence of experience in retrievals
  • Supervision and teaching of staff in delivery of Haemofiltration / High Frequency Oscillation / NO therapy



  • Works within the boundaries of government directives and professional nursing issues
  • Evidence of current paediatric nursing skills and knowledge.


  • Current knowledge of research developments in paediatric nursing



  • Competent to lead others in the care of children and their families in a safe and effective manner without direct supervision
  • Advocate of paediatric nursing
  • Evidence of excellent team work
  • Advanced computer skills


  • Evidence of participation in research and audit projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • To be willing to undertake Mentoring and Mentor Module relevant to job banding and as required by your Line Manager.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division E



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