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Senior Staff Nurse

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Band 6 Staff Nurse to join the team on Woodpecker and Nightingale wards

Woodpecker ward is our pre-operative admissions ward where patients are admitted and prepared for theatre. Once the patient goes to theatre they are returned, post-op, to the inpatient wards throughout the hospital for overnight stays.

Nightingale ward is our day case ward where patients will be admitted, prepared for theatre and then returned to the ward to complete their post-op recovery before being discharged later the same day.

Both wards operate between the hours of 07.30 - 20.00 or 07.00 - 19.30 (for early starts), Monday - Friday. We do not work weekends, bank holidays or night shifts.

Working with a wide range of specialities with the members of the respective teams being predominantly based in theatre, means that both wards operate in a substantially nurse-led way.

The Band 6 role across the wards affords the opportunity to gain experience in completing Performance Development Reviews and Return to Work interviews for junior staff by supporting the current Band 6 leadership teams. Any areas of specific personal or professional interest for development are also both welcomed and encouraged.

Since moving to Operations and Images in late 2020, we have developed closer ties to the other clinical areas we have frequent contact from within our directorate, especially the Recovery department.

Main duties of the job

Woodpecker and Nightingale wards are a place to develop or consolidate a variety of nursing skills including: time management on fast paced, high turnover clinical environment close working relationship with our Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the pre-assessment of upcoming admissions engagement with a wide range of clinical specialities exposure to bed management through surgical bed meetings and forward planning for following week admissions working in a clinical environment containing a broad range of ward-based healthcare professionals, including Healthcare Support Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Assistant Theatre Practitioners, Nursing Associates and Registered Nurses.

We have a growing educational programme which will help assist successful candidates contribute towards the high standards of nursing care we set across both wards by assisting in their own professional development. This development will be integral to maintaining such standards and by gaining experience within your role you will also be provided with in-depth training to give you the tools and confidence to work towards the in charge role.

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

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child) or NMC Registered Nurse / HCPC registered ODP with extensive paediatric experience
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development relating to clinical speciality
  • Assessing & Mentoring qualification
  • APLS/PILS (High Dependency/ITU areas only / Recovery)
  • Basic life support


  • Relevant honours degree or in the process of obtaining**
  • NVQ D32/33 Assessors course



  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience within relevant clinical speciality
  • Teaching, supervision and managerial experience
  • Experience of coordinating and managing patient care
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in children's nursing.
  • Understanding of resource management, health and safety, clinical risk and quality issues
  • Handling safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Understating or evidence of fulfilling PREP requirements for Revalidation
  • Awareness of equality and diversity
  • Information Technology/Computer literate
  • Committed to providing excellent Family Centred Care.


  • Previous experience of research and audit
  • Previous experience of change management and problem solving
  • Experience of handling clinical incidents and complaints
  • Understanding of audit and research methodologies



  • Excellent paediatric clinical skills
  • Relevant specialist skills and abilities for specialty
  • Effective managerial, leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective teaching, training and preceptorship skills
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise
  • Administering medication under patient group directives
  • Administration of IV drugs
  • Able to problem solve and initiate change
  • Able to motivate and develop a team of staff


  • Phlebotomy and cannulation skills
  • Able to work across professional team and organizational boundaries

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street



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