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Staff Nurse - Paediatric Intensive Care

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
17 Jun 2024
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for a detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

PICU is a 14 bedded regional lead centre providing care for critically ill children from birth up to 18 years of age. We care for some of the most complex illnesses and injuries and work closely with specialists from all surgical and medical areas, including cardiac surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery, neurology and neonatology as well as treating major trauma patients. Southampton General Hospital is a designated major trauma centre offering full onsite major trauma provision for both children and adults.

The unit looks after 950 to 1000 patients per year across southern and central England it is the sixth largest PICU by number of admissions and has one of the best survival rates.

What we are looking for
  • Experience working in an acute Paediatric care environment.
  • be motivated, enthusiastic and able to work with maturity in pressurised situations.
  • You will be expected to provide safe care of the highest quality to all of our patients and their relatives.
  • The flexibility to work the full range of shift patterns within a 24-hour shift pattern is essential.

About us

UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Be a skilled member of the nursing team caring for critically ill patients in a highly complex environment.
  • Provide a high standard of individualised care to the patients in accordance with agreed policies and within available resources.
  • Help create an environment that is conducive to learning and development.
  • To co-operate fully in all PICU, Trust and University based developmental programmes and take responsibility for personal growth in an enthusiastic manner

Person Specification

Physical Requirements


  • Health and physical abilities sufficient for the post (if necessary with reasonable adjustments with respect to the Equality Act/Disability Discrimination Act).

Qualifications / Training Required


  • RN Child or equivalent
  • Evidence of on-going personal development.
  • Child Protection and Domestic Violence Awareness.


  • Specialist qualification
  • IV Therapy course/skills
  • Recognised teaching qualification

Previous or Relevant Experience Necessary


  • Post registration experience in relevant speciality. Ward/department management experience.
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute Health Service.
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Mentorship experience
  • Awareness of responsibilities for management of infection control

Aptitudes and Skills Required


  • Good communication skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to use initiative
  • Analytical decision-making skills
  • Team player
  • Awareness of evidence based practice
  • Commitment to professional development


  • Enthusiasm to participate fully with PICU Foundation Programme and to consolidate appropriately

Values and Behaviours


  • Patient First
  • Working Together
  • Always Improving

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


CHI Paediatric Intensive Care


SO16 6YD

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