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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital is located on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site in Brighton. We are a 10 Bedded level 2 Children's Critical Care Unit, where we care for both medical and surgical patients, Children requiring long term ventilation and also acute non invasive ventilation. We have the lowest Intubation rate in Europe for children with Bronchitis.This is your opportunity to work within the Children's Critical Care unit, as a Deputy Sister/ Charge Nurse you will be responsible for the shift by shift running of the unit whilst providing excellent nursing care.You will work closely with the Ward Manager and other senior nurses within the Children's Hospital.We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic, energetic children's nurse with a skill for prioritising, delivering and organising patient care. You will have a proactive and positive approach, with evidence of excellent clinical, teaching, and managerial and inter- personal skills to lead, work along side and motivate our multi-disciplinary team. Your will be supported by our critical care educators who run and Level 2 children's critical course.Given the focus of this post, it is essential that you are a registered Children's nurse that has experience of either PICU or HDU Care.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the ward manager in providing effective clinical leadership that ensures quality patient care good communication safe and efficient management of the service/department within allocated resources facilitates the development of all the staff within the team.
  • To act as role model and expert practitioner
  • To undertake delegated responsibility in the absence of the ward manager
  • To ensure a safe clean clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staff
  • To ensure patients respect, dignity and privacy and to act with kindness and courtesy to all members of the public.
  • To understand and adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Code of Conduct and other NMC Standards
  • To maintain accurate records of care, treatment and observations.
  • To assist the ward manager in the control, storage and competent administration of medications according to Trust policies and NMC Guidance.
  • To be responsible for ensuring patient safety, taking proactive steps to ensure patients come to no harm.
  • To take personal responsibility for identifying own training needs for mandatory and statutory training and ensuring that training sessions are attended.
  • To take personal responsibility for ensuring that personal objectives are agreed with the line manager and that annual appraisal takes place.
  • To actively contribute to the teaching and learning of others.
  • To actively contribute to the UHSussex Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Address the needs of individuals to bring about improvement in the health and wellbeing of patients through the delivery of evidence based care.
  • Manage a designated group of patients on a shift by shift basis.
  • Model good practice through the development of effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care.
  • Articulate source of evidence on which care is based.
  • Articulate the decision making process underlying the management of own time and the patient workload.
  • Use available technology and patient record and parent/carers knowledge to identify changes in condition of the child and initiate appropriate action whilst reporting changes to the appropriate individual.
  • Include children and carers as participating partners in planned care activities.
  • Initiate and develop plans for health promotion with individuals involving parents/carers and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate involvement in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of nutrition to the health and well-being of children.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the needs of all children in designated area.
  • Demonstrate competency in specific clinical skills appropriate to the area.

Person Specification



  • extensive experience on Children's Critical Care
  • Critical Care Course


  • Experience at Band 6

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital

Eastern Road



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