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Ward manager

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
  • To be a highly competent, knowledgeable, and visible practitioner within the specialty ensuring the provision of excellent, evidence-based nursing care for the children, young people, and their families at all times.
  • Ensure that each child is assessed, and that their care is planned, implemented, and evaluated in negotiation with the family, and that this is accurately documented.
  • Liaise with clinical, non-clinical and facilities staff to maintain a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment for the children, young people and their families, visitors, and staff.
  • To act as an advocate for the child, young person and family ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support services.
  • To be an ally to the global majority and persons with protective characteristics

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the leadership and operational management of the department informing the Head of Nursing/Matron of anything that threatens to affect the safety of the environment or to compromise the care of the patients, comply with the safe staffing strategy for both the NHS and Trust
  • To manage and maximize the use of nursing and workforce planning resources within the agreed budget, including the planning of rosters, safe staffing, and working closely with the Head of Nursing and Matron.
  • To foster an environment conducive to learning, enquiry, and research.
  • To foster inclusivity.
  • To identify the training and development needs of nursing staff / learners in the department and participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education programs in conjunction with the Practice Educator.
  • To always maintain confidentiality regarding the child's admission and treatment.
  • To ensure that all patient care is documented and that all relevant documentation is completed accurately and within agreed timescales using Trust approved documentation, in line with NMC, CQC and Trust standards.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

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 documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values
  • Knowledge and understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace.
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child) (or Registered Nurse/ Midwife relevant to area of practice e.g. Mental Health / Neonatology/ Theatre)
  • Leadership or management training
  • Evidence of on-going dynamic continuing professional development within the specialty linked to demonstrable clinical competencies


  • Relevant First Degree in health care related subject



  • Demonstrable experience of taking charge of a department and deputizing for the ward/department ward sister/charge nurse.
  • Experience of taking charge of a department
  • Experience of leading and managing a team of nurses.
  • Previous experience of research and audit
  • Handling safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience of change management and problem solving
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints
  • Thorough specialty knowledge relevant to the department
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in children's nursing.
  • Understanding of audit and research methodologies
  • Understanding of resource management, health and safety, clinical risk, and quality issues
  • Ability to work as part of a Multidisciplinary team
  • Handling clinical incidents and complaints
  • Awareness of equity and diversity
  • Knowledge of GOSH nurse strategy
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, safety, and improvement agenda


  • Knowledge of national health agenda



  • Excellent paediatric clinical skills
  • Demonstrates Compassion in practice
  • Excellent managerial, leadership and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent teaching, training, and preceptorship skills
  • Able to motivate and develop a team of staff
  • Able to problem solve and initiate change
  • Able to work across professional team and organisational boundaries
  • Phlebotomy and cannulation skills
  • Able to develop staff through mentoring / coaching /clinical supervision
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise own workload and that of others
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise
  • Interviewing skills & Appraisal skills
  • Administration of IV drugs


  • Financial management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street NHS trust

Great Ormond Street



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