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Sister/Charge Nurse - Children's Services

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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We are looking for a committed paediatric nurse with leadership and organisational skills, a vision to provide a quality service and to maximise a positive patient experience in this established service.

As a Sister/Charge Nurse in children's services, you'll be joining a diverse and stimulating department. Our work is wide ranging and we are well respected both locally and as a regional specialist treatment centre. We provide excellent care across medical and surgical specialities. Our ethos of child centred care and multi-professional collaboration drives our service alongside a commitment to family focused teamwork.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the existing team on C3. Ward C3 is an extremely busy 0-3 years surgical/medical 14 bedded ward. We provide care for children attending hospital for a variety of medical or surgical procedures, in particular gastroenterology and acute respiratory patients including the provision of TPN and High Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen. Some children arrive for booked surgical procedures and some following treatment in the Emergency Department or as step downs from our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit/Neonatal Intensive care.

You will be an excellent communicator who is clinically credible amongst work colleagues and a positive role model. You will have a questioning mind, never settling for mediocrity, and always determined to find the best solution for patients, families and staff.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for competently providing safe and effective care, without supervision to children and young people requiring in-patient hospitalisation.

Assess care needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care.

Participate in the supervision, teaching, mentorship and appraisal of pre and post registration staff.

Regularly co-ordinate the management of care delivered by nursing and non-nursing support staff, taking charge of the ward in the absence of the ward manager. Demonstrate leadership ability.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country - Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England - GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 19 June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 27 June 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care Opportunities to experience a range of specialities Career and development opportunities Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team Research experience and opportunities Lovely location and quality of life Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • RN (Child) / RSCN Educated to Diploma level
  • Teaching/assessing/mentoring module


  • Degree
  • Post registration study relevant to post



  • Significant acute General Paediatric Nursing experience
  • Experience in leading a team or in routinely coordinating a shift on a children's ward


  • Experience working on both a medical and a surgical ward
  • Experience in managing a change in clinical practice



  • Broad knowledge of medical and surgical nursing care
  • Good understanding of Safeguarding issues


  • Understanding of chronic disease management
  • Knowledge of community support networks available to children, parents and families



  • Ability to deliver expert nursing care to children and families
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to deliver education and training programmes


  • Demonstrates ability to work across organisational boundaries
  • Ability to develop protocols and guidelines for practice

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work flexibly


  • Good presentation/clinical teaching skills

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division E



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