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Paediatric Band 5 Staff Nurse- Snow Leopard Ward

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc HCA (pro rata for part timers)
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

This advert is open to all applicants with an active Nursing and Midwifery Council Personal Identification number (PIN) (this refers to an NMC Pin identification that allows you to work as a registered nurse/midwife in the UK. Thisdoes not includethePersonal reference number (PRN) when you apply pre-OSCE application). If you have a PRN number only please do not apply for this post. You can contact Capital Nurse or Capital Midwife ( to find out details on how to apply for International Nurse or Midwifery jobs

We have an exciting opportunity on Snow Leopard for applicants who are highly motivated, keen to learn and extend nursing skills with excellent communication skills who will enjoy working with long term patients who require specialised tracheostomy, ventilation or neurorehabilitation care.

Our nurses have the opportunity to gain a wide range of experience whilst being supported by senior nursing team, respiratory and neurorehabilitation multidisciplinary teams and clinical education team.

You will gain skills in troubleshooting different types of home ventilators and supporting families in achieving their confidence and competence in looking after their children with complex needs.

If you have what it takes to be an amazing Snow Leopard nurse, and have the appetite to join a forward thinking, positive environment, where aspiration and innovation are encouraged, we want you to join us.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for assessment of care needs of patients, planning programmes of care, implementation and evaluation of these specialist nursing procedures without direct supervision. At times they will have management responsibility of supervising junior members of staff and gaining in-charge experience.

Snow Leopard Ward provides a unique service looking after children requiring Long Term Ventilation, Neurorehabilitation or are under the Sleep Medicine Department.

Long Term Ventilationconsist of 6 beds and as a unit we pride ourselves on creating a Home from Home environment, helping to ease the move from hospital to home for long-term ventilated children and their families.

Neurorehabilitation have 2 dedicated beds, offering a programme of inpatient rehabilitation to children and young people up to 16 years of age with acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. Our focus is to develop or regain skills to minimise the impact of a brain or spinal cord injury on their everyday life.

The post holder will be will be working independently/autonomously, accountable for their own professional actions and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of services users whilst always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through adopting person centred care principles.

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. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

We are committed to supporting professional development, 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

If you have what it takes to be an amazing Snow Leopard Nurse and join our team you will be expected to be:
    • Responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided from admission through to discharge.
    • Responsible for the application of knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
    • An advocate for patients within the area, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
    • Ensuring that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
    • Able to recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.
    • Will advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.
    • Recognising the significance of observations made, and use them to develop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care.
    • Carrying out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a persons nursing requirements.
    • Ensuring that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe and appropriate for their needs.
    • Carrying out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on and maintaining the highest possible standards.
    • Working alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments and advise on nursing priorities.
    • Taking a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health and wellbeing and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained.
    • Undertaking prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and report exceptions appropriates.
    • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication.
    Please see the attached Job Description for full details.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


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


  • Relevant qualifications required or course to area

Previous experience


  • Experience of working on own and in a team
  • Experience of working in the relevant area (LTV/trache)
  • Clinical Support of junior staff (Band 3 SNA and newly qualified nurses)
  • Completion of Mentorship qualification


  • Previous experience in other nursing fields
  • Completion of preceptorship

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability


  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues.
  • Knowledge of Evidence Based Practice
  • Competent in basic life support
  • Able to work as an effective team member
  • Able to prioritise patient care and manage working time effectively
  • Able to manage difficult situations and navigate conflict resolution
  • Uses own initiative and is able to take decisions
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct


  • IT skills Awareness of the structure and organisation of the NHS

Additional Information


  • The ability to undertake reflective thinking on own practice
  • Flexible and positive approach to work
  • Manual handling of patients, using lifting aids
  • Able and willing to work flexible shift patterns, internal rotation to day and night duty and unsocial hours, according to service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina Children Hospital

Lambeth Palace Road



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