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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inclusive
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is based at St Mary's Hospital which is situated in the heart of Paddington, West London. This means we are easy accessible to major transport routes and this prime location will allow you to visit the all the capital has to offer.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Care Unit forms part of a large Women and Children's Directorate which share paediatric and neonatal services at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospitals. We have a close working with the Children's Acute Transport Service CATS and this post hold the opportunity to join our team of retrieval specialist nurses.

We provide life-saving therapies for children and infants with primary Respiratory illnesses, Neurology and immediate Neurosurgical care, specialist Haematology/Bone Marrow Transplants, Infectious Diseases, Allergy services, Ophthalmology, Dental and a broad range of Medical and Surgical services, including Major Trauma, Acute Metabolic Medicine, Endocrinology and Advance Renal Services, such as, Heamofiltration and Plasmaphoresis. St Mary's Hospital is a dedicated Tertiary Paediatric Referral Centre which provides complex treatment for children and families in North West London and the wider community.

The PICU has recently nearly doubled their bed base to 15 beds. This is an incredibly exciting time for PICU and any prospective applicants will be closely involved in the developments of the new premises. We pride ourselves to be an institute to learning and innovation and the successful candidate will be given an opportunity to lead on projects that will benchmark our PICU against national standards.

The department benefits from a practice development team of educators and risk/audit nurses and family liaison who provide support and education to all levels of staff. As a Band 7 Senior Sister/Charge Nurse you will also have the opportunity to work closely with our Paediatric Nurse Development Team, Paediatric Site Practitioners PSP's and the Senior Nurse Management Team. The post holder will also be afforded academic modules on the Children's Advanced Nurse Practitioner Programme and Non-Medical Prescribing, as appropriate.

The successful candidate should have a PICU qualification or equivalent, and have sound clinical skills with evidence of management and leadership abilities. Our teams are on hand to support you with your professional development.

It is an expectation that all staff employed who come in contact with children and young people have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.This post will be subject to criminal records bureau checks at an enhanced level.

Main duties of the job

  • To effectively support the Specialist Matron to manage the Paediatric Critical Care Service (PCCS).
  • To provide clinical and managerial leadership, maintaining good working relationships, compatible with an efficient and effective running of the service.
  • To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team (MDT), communicating effectively with all levels of medical and nursing staff.
  • To uphold the Unit's Nursing Philosophy of Care.
  • To promote and develop paediatric critical care nursing on a local, national and international level.
  • To act at all times as a professional and experienced PCCS nurse.
  • To work alongside the practice development team to ensure the educational needs of the PCCS are met.
  • To deputise for the Specialist Matron.

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ qualifications


  • Registered Nurse/RN Child/RSCN
  • Educated to a degree level or Equivalent
  • Recognised qualification in Paediatric/Adult Intensive Care Nursing
  • Teaching and assessing qualification/ mentorship course or equivalent.


  • Working towards MSc level education.
  • Management module



  • Experience as Senior Staff nurse at Band 6/7 within Paediatric Critical Care in the last 3 years
  • Evidence of developing an aspect of Paediatric Critical Care nursing practice (Mandatory for Shortlisting)
  • Insight into managerial issues in relation to people and resources.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of value & use of research findings.
  • Evidence of local/national representation
  • Experience of team management

Skills/knowledge/ abilities


  • Evidence of an enthusiasm for developing Paediatric Critical Care nursing practice
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates the potential for leadership.


  • Excellent presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital


W2 1NY

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