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Paediatric ED Senior Staff Nurse/Junior Sister Band 6

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Band 6 - Junior Sister

Contract - Permanent

Full-Time & Part-time available

Are you an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic children's emergency nurse? If so then we would love to meet you.We are looking for someone who will bring a positive attitude to the Trust and can demonstrate a kind and compassionate attitude.

We will support you in developing your clinical skills and competencies with the support of our paediatric senior nurses in the form of APLS, HDU course, leadership courses, and a variety of inspiring in house courses such as Mental health, Plastering and UCC skills and triage study day among others. Staff wellbeing is high on the agenda as we have run a series of fun and inspiring team days over the summer.

We take great pride in being part of a top performing Trust and top performing Emergency Department. We are committed to ensuring quality patient care whilst achieving the national emergency department care quality indicators and targets.

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical Responsibilities
  • Assess children on arrival in the treatment area and prioritise need for clinical intervention. Plan, implement and evaluate care regimes for individual children providing quick and effective flow through the department
  • Supervise junior staff and students in all aspects of care, ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and resources to carry out care delegated to them.
  • Maintain effective communication with nursing, ancillary, medical and paramedical colleagues
  • To ensure the safe administration of medicines in accordance with local policy and NMC guidelines, including Patient Group Directions
  • To ensure high standards of patient care at all times and to assist in monitoring and maintaining quality care initiatives
  • To maintain the privacy and dignity of children/young people throughout their time in the Emergency Department
  • To develop an area of clinical interest and provide nursing expertise to improve the care & services offered to children and their families
  • Ensure an appropriate, welcoming and safe environment is provided for children and their families. As much as possible, this should be audio-visually separate from adults and in line with National Service Framework recommendations
  • To develop and keep clinical knowledge and skills updated, including developing and maintaining extended clinical role skills, following appropriate training
  • Maintain safe and effective discharge procedures, liaising with other relevant healthcare/support professionals including primary care staff according to the individual childs needs.
  • Provide support for children/young people and their families. Direct them to relevant services if appropriate
  • Assist in the identification of any child protection issues and make referrals to appropriate multidisciplinary team members including social services

Managerial Responsibilities
  • Organise his/her own work and assist junior staff in managing their workload
  • Act as an effective role model, mentor and preceptor to junior staff and students
  • Ensure that nursing procedures and policies are followed. Ensure prescribed medical treatments are carried out, reporting any changes in a childs clinical condition
  • Regularly take charge ofa group of children
  • Inform the Shift leader / Lead Nurse of any activity in the department which affects patient care and department flow
  • Maintain an awareness of clinical and professional developments in nursing and contribute to and participate in audits, clinical risk and quality initiatives
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new initiatives and contribute to the development of nursing practice within the department
  • Report accidents/incidents and complaints to the paediatric lead nurse or in his/her absence, the shift leader. Complete relevant documentation
  • Actively assist in the investigation of complaints if required
  • Assist in the management of resources in an effective and efficient manner, awareness of budgets and financial implications affecting the department.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse (Paediatric)
  • Mentorship qualification (or willingness to undertake)
  • PILS


  • Emergency Nursing Course
  • BSc or working towards
  • APLS
  • Other leadership courses

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Ability to manage own workload, and supervise workload of junior staff
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IV Drug Administration, Cannulation, Phlebotomy skills
  • Triage/initial assessment skills
  • Plastering and wound closure
  • Adaptability to changing workload


  • Experience managing a department under supervision/in the absence of a senior

Knowledge & Experience


  • Sufficient experience to have completed core competencies in emergency nursing
  • Experience of regularly working in Triage, Urgent Care/Minors, Resus independently
  • Knowledge of children's safeguarding principles
  • Experience of shift management & experience of appraising staff



  • Smart appearance
  • Professional manner
  • Good attendance record
  • Genuine interest in Emergency Nursing
  • Ability to demonstrate Trust Values

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Whittington Hospital ,Accident & Emergency Level 5

Magdala Avenue


N19 5NF

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