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PCCU Senior Sister

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum /Pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Paediatric Critical Care Nurse seeking a new challenge? There is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and motivated nurse to join our Paediatric Critical Care senior leadership team.

We are a 14 bedded Paediatric Critical Care Unit comprising of 8 Level 3 beds and 6 Level 2 beds. We care for children under a wide range of specialities and work closely alongside the Children's Medical Emergency Transport (CoMET) service for the East Midlands region.

You must be an RSCN or RN Child, adult or LD qualified nurse with substantial experience of working in a Paediatric Critical Care environment as a Band 6 nurse. You must hold a recognised Critical Care qualification and Mentors and Assessors qualification. You must have a degree or be on a degree pathway.

We are committed to supporting you and offer various professional development opportunities to enhance your critical care nursing skills and knowledge. We offer a well-established tailor-made induction programme which is supported by the Paediatric Critical Care Education Team.

The clinical role includes working clinically covering the full range of shifts, leading the clinical team and working with the wider PCCU MDT. The operational role is rotated between the band 7 team and involves working a 6-8 week rota covering core hours. This role involves operational and managerial responsibilities and supporting the PCCU Matron.

Main duties of the job

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached to the advert for the full details of the vacancy.

The post holder will act as Senior Sister/Charge Nurse. They will be required to:

Be an effective leader and role model and regularly take charge of the Unit, ensuring that the standards and quality of care given to patients, together with the environment in which care is delivered, are maintained at a high standard.

Provide regular direct clinical care and utilise experience to support the implementation of both clinical and non-clinical governance.

Support and lead a cohort of Band 6 and 5 nurses and members of the admin team, carrying out yearly appraisals and ensuring staff training is up to date.

The post holder is required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

About us

Nottingham Children's Hospital is set within the vibrant city of Nottingham known for its many historical sites. The Children's Hospital is housed within the Queen's Medical Centre campus and has 116 inpatient beds across 8 inpatient wards covering all specialities.

We are a major trauma centre, and the Children's Critical Care Unit works closely with the Emergency Department in providing front line care for trauma patients. Nottingham Children's Hospital Critical Care provides an essential service for Neurology/Neurosurgical Spinal/Orthopaedic Oncology/Haematology Respiratory General Surgery and Rheumatology. The Hospital is also a provider of paediatric renal services for the region, which allows staff on the unit to be actively involved with kidney transplants and haemofiltration.

This is a really exciting time to join Nottingham Childrens Hospital as we became the first Children's Hospital in Europe to achieve pathway to excellence accreditation in 2020. This makes Nottingham Childrens Hospital a really special place to work. Not only does this show that we provide excellent care to patients and family's it is also recognition that we have fantastic teams, leadership at all levels and a huge array of development opportunities. Our staff are proud to work at Nottingham Childrens Hospital and all embrace the TEAM NUH ethos which we would love you to be part of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and personal specification

The post holder is required to work as a member of Paediatric Critical Care nursing team, they will be a member of a team of Band 7 nurses who take managerial, professional and clinical responsibility for the paediatric critical care nursing team. They will have 24 hours responsibility for the management and delivery of care within PCCU. They will deputise when requested for the PCCU Matron including undertaking responsibility for the management of Childrens Services when delegated by the Senior Nurse/Head Nurse.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Current level one NMC registration RSCN or RN (Adult, Child or Learning Disability Branch)
  • Paediatric Critical Care Course
  • Degree in health / nursing related Studies or on degree pathway
  • Continuing professional development/ reflective profile
  • Possession of a Mentoring Course
  • APLS
  • Completion of all local competency packages.
  • Leo course


  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Use of clinical benchmarking to influence patient care (Essence of Nursing)
  • Evidence of study at Masters level
  • Research training/experience
  • GIC instructor or equivalent



  • oMinimum of 5 years post registration experience to include management/leadership experience
  • oClinically credible who is experienced in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing and able to utilise their clinical expertise and specialist knowledge to deliver high quality evidence based education and care of the critically ill baby, child or young person
  • oUnderstanding of audit or research within the clinical area
  • oFormal teaching of groups of staff
  • oUnderstanding of risk management and clinical governance


  • oAbility to lead change and lead new ways of working
  • oAbility to manage the clinical area or ward efficiently and effectively

Communication and relationship skills


  • oAble to present and receive complex information within the multi professional team
  • oDemonstrate negotiation and influencing skills
  • oAssertiveness skills and the ability to deal with conflict
  • oTeam player who can initiate, delegate and complete projects


  • oAdvanced Communication Skills Training

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • oAbility to respond to, prioritise and analyse complex problems/situations and ensure effective interventions are put in place.
  • oAbility to generate and present reports and documents.
  • oDeal effectively with clinical issues within defined procedures/guidelines
  • oDemonstrate insight in the use of data to influence patient care and services
  • oAbility in the use of appraisal, personal development review and training needs analysis


  • oDemonstrate a knowledge of current issues related to NHS strategy and policy
  • oUse of clinical benchmarking to influence patient care (Essence of Nursing)

Planning and organisation skills


  • oCan formulate short and long term objectives
  • oDemonstrate an ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.
  • oDemonstrate the personal development of members within a team.
  • oDemonstrate ability to effectively lead a team
  • oDemonstrate effective time management skills
  • oDemonstrate effective resource management


  • oExperience in strategic planning for a service

Physical skills


  • oPhysically able to perform the full range of nursing duties
  • oDexterity and accuracy in undertaking clinical skills, use of equipment and documentation
  • oAble to undertake patient manual Competent and capable of using medical equipment
  • ohandling manoeuvres and non-patient manual handling manoeuvres
  • oEvidence of moving and handling training
  • oKeyboard, Microsoft office and diary management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Nottingham Children's Hospital

Derby Road



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