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Registered Children's Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
1 May 2024

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There are so many reasons to join our team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Aside from our fantastic staff, we have lots of exciting things going on. Our plans for our Eye Hospital in Sunderland are taking shape and will be our new home, with work due to start later this year. The new hospital means Sunderland will remain home to the regions only dedicated standalone eye hospital. It will strengthen our excellent reputation across the NHS, both regionally and nationally as a centre of excellence for ophthalmology care.

We endeavour to keep discovering new and better treatments. As one of the few specialist eye hospitals in the country, research and using developing technology is a key part of our work. We encourage innovation and research in everything we do. There is always something to get involved in. If you share our vision for 'excellence in all that we do', wed love you to join us!

We are looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Band 5 registered childrens nurse to join a flexible, friendly and well supported team delivering safe, effective, high quality care to the children and the families who attend Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Haygarth Childrens Ward comprises of a 4 bedded childrens ward which is staffed by two dedicated Paediatric Nurses who follow the patient journey from pre-assessment to post-operative discharge.

Main duties of the job

On Haygarth, we care for children predominantly for day-case surgery with a variety of ophthalmic conditions which include Strabismus (Squint), Blocked Tear Ducts, Chalazion, Ptosis, Cataracts, Vitrectomy and emergency admissions due to trauma.

The successful candidate will:

Have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as working upon their own initiative and develop skills specific to ophthalmology.

Provide the highest standard of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating care without direct supervision.

Deliver care and support throughout the childs journey at Sunderland Eye Infirmary, from outpatient clinic appointments, pre-assessment through to post-operative discharge. Children and families may have a variety of ophthalmic conditions as well as physical, mental and social complexities it is essential that the post holder is sensitive to the emotional needs of the children and their families requiring admission to hospital.

Be able to run pre-admission assessment clinics (PAAC), assist with Intravenous Fluorescein Angiogram for paediatrics in medical photography and venepuncture.service covers there is an increasing need to do pre-assessments via the telephone.

The Ward is open Mon-Fri 07.30- 16.30 (Excluding Bank Holidays). Flexibility is required, on the rare occasion, that there is an emergency admission, as the nurses will stay until the child is discharged or transferred which could be up to 8pm.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, effective and compassionate nursing care for patients designated to their care.

To always work to the NMC Code.

To supervise non-registered staff as stipulated by the NMC under the requirements of delegation.

Provide effective leadership and assist with the management and organisation of the ward/department in the absence of the Ward Manager or Junior Sister/Charge Nurse.

To comply with the Trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Childrens Nurse, or evidence of qualification if newly qualified
  • Diploma in health related study or equivalent appropriate qualification


  • Degree in nursing studies or healthcare related subject (UK equivalent)
  • Mentorship certificate/Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Competent in the use of IT such as Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of national health and social care policy
  • Knowledge of evidence based guidelines e.g. NICE guidelines, NPSA alerts, current nursing legislation


  • Venepuncture and cannulation competency

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy



  • Experience of working in an acute hospital or community healthcare setting


  • Recent experience of working as a registered nurse

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road



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