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Deputy Lead Nurse - Paediatric Critical Care & Surgery in Children

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024
Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS FT hosts six Specialised Women's & Children's Networks for the West Midlands region
  • Perinatal, Paediatric Critical Care, Surgery in Children, Congenital Heart Disease, Children & Young People and Teenage & Young Adult Cancer & Paediatric Palliative Care
  • We are inviting enthusiastic, motivated and innovative individuals to put themselves forward for the opportunity to become Deputy Lead Nurse for Paediatric Critical Care (PCC) & Surgery in Children (SiC) Networks. - the postholder will focus on developing our PCC & SiC networking. They will form part of a wider team crossing all six networks which is developing new ways of working to best support both our members and patients and families in the West Midlands. They will work closely with our Clinical Leads, Lead Nurse and Network Manager, and stakeholders. The Deputy Lead Nurse will have focus and responsibility on the SiC network, including delivery of pre anaesthetic education. They will need to be an influencer additionally, we are aiming to build a collective to advocate for the needs of West Midlands. An understanding of and passion for networks and across organisational boundaries is essential. This is a full time post, with flexible working. The postholder will need to be able to travel across the West Midlands. If you would like to discuss this vacancy in advance of submitting an application, contact Natalie Read, Lead Nurse for PCC & SiC Networks.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Lead Nurse , Clinical Leads and Network Managers to facilitate and support the transformation of services across the region. With support & guidance from the networks team, they will identify, lead (where appropriate) and oversee other specific projects related to the WM Surgery in Children (SIC) & Paediatric Critical Care (PCC) Networks.
  • Act as a clinical nurse specialist across both Children's Surgery and Paediatric Critical Care focus/leading in their base clinical specialty
  • Deputise for the Lead Nurse when required
  • Develop in collaboration with the network's education team networks' education programmes.
  • Coordinate and deliver regional Pre-Anaesthetic Assessment course for the Surgery in Children Network.
  • Provide expertise and advice when planning and developing relevant pathways of care.
  • Support the Lead Nurse in identifying potential nursing workforce issues that will help to inform the planning and development of new models of care and education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to professionally challenge/ escalate concerns identified.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse situations and approach dilemmas with a solutions based approach.
  • Promote an environment that fosters the development of safety and efficiency.
  • Be enabled to work clinically to support maintenance of professional registration
  • Attend and represent the West Midlands PCC & SIC Networks at relevant meetings - and report back to colleagues where required.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable Criteria met during shortlisting


  • NMC Child registration to practice or other if paired with significant paediatric experience
  • Degree in Nursing of equivalent
  • Evidence of relevant continued professional development
  • APLS or EPLS Qualification
  • Sound knowledge and experience in managing the care of paediatric surgical patients with relevant EBP
  • Sound knowledge and experience in managing the care of a critically ill child requiring stabilisation or escalation of care & LTV (with relevant EBP)
  • Evidence / experience in nurse education / teaching / workforce development
  • Significant experience in supporting colleagues
  • Understanding of Local and National policy drivers
  • Experience of engaging or managing others to enable achievement of project/development aims and objectives
  • Evidence of knowledge regarding clinical audit
  • Able to apply judgement to complex sets of facts or situations, which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options and enable making recommendations to Trusts across the region
  • Proactive, self-motivated with the ability to motivate others
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate autonomous/decision making
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Articulate in a professional and confident manor
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence, motivate and engage others as well as lead teams / projects
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to identify and professionally manage situations of conflict
  • Ability to translate research and national Policy in service improvement
  • Ability to plan and deliver complex initiatives
  • Ability to adapt to ensure achievement of objectives within constantly changing landscapes and situations


  • Evidence / experience of service development / change management initiatives
  • Understanding of change management methodologies
  • Masters level qualification in a healthcare related subject or equivalent experience

Review of Essential & Desirable Crieria at shortlisting


  • Evidence / experience of service development / change management initiatives

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Childrens Hospital & Vincent Drive.


B4 6NH

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