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Paediatric Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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** We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses **

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic staff nurse to join our friendly well established Children's Nursing Team. This post would be suitable for either newly qualified nurses or nurses with experience. We also welcome applications from registered nurses with an interest in paediatrics or with previous paediatric experience.

We have hours available from 23 hours per week up to full time of 37.5hrs per week

Bluefin ward nurses children and young people from birth to 18 years. Our patients have a variety of medical and surgical conditions. The unit has an HDU area and separate Children's and Young Person's Day Unit.

You will build on essential skills in nursing sick children such as respiratory support, fluid and pain management and stabilisation of the critically ill child.

We provide excellent opportunities for ongoing professional development and leadership.

Main duties of the job

We have a strong multi disciplinary team and welcome enthusiastic, motivated nurses who are passionate about providing excellent care to children and their families. We encourage applicants to arrange a virtual visit to the unit and meet the team.

The service is committed to providing a high standard of nursing care for sick children and young people up to the age of 18 years, within the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, including outpatient, emergency and elective care within the division, by ensuring the most effective use of resources. Assist team members with the assessment and delivery of care, under the direction and supervision of the team leader.

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

  • Participate in the assessment, implementation and delivery of individualised patient care seeking guidance where appropriate.
  • To report on the condition of patients to the Clinical Leader/Medical staff, assisting them in ascertaining treatments and ensure these are carried out.
  • To ensure that all patients' data is accurately recorded.
  • Ensure that all patients have nutritional assessment and that individual needs are fully met
  • Be responsible for the control and custody of all medication and drugs in accordance with Trust policy
  • To administer drugs as prescribed, checking and witnessing controlled drugs.
  • Ensure safe effective discharge planning, involving the multidisciplinary team as necessary.
  • Maintain own professional development under the guidance of senior staff.
  • Develop teaching and assessing skills through training and practical experience becoming a mentor to learners.
  • Take charge of a group of patients, taking into account patient/relative/carers wishes
  • Be able to confidently take charge of the ward when the occasion presents itself.
  • Ensure that all patients needs are identified and programmes of care implemented to meet individual needs
  • Ensure that best practice care is delivered
  • Mentor, teach, assess and facilitate education for all learners in the clinical area
  • Work as part of a team to ensure effective communication with all health care professionals within the clinical team and across all disciplines
  • Maintain own professional development
  • Work within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Act as a role model showing example in regard to behaviour, attitudes, conduct and appearance
  • To maintain correct standards of uniform and personal appearance, as indicated in the Dress Code & Uniform Policy
  • Report / action any accidents, incidents or undue occurrences reported or witnessed.
  • Take an active role in the management of risks, in line with Trust and Directorate policy.
  • Ensure that patient activity is monitored and that all patient information is entered into the Care flow system at the most timely point.
  • Ensure your role has a positive influence on key performance indicators.
  • Seek consistently to improve nursing practice in line with evidence, recent best practice innovations and new developments.
  • Proactively manage ward level complaints and report to senior staff so that they can be dealt with according to Trust Policy
  • Take charge regularly in the absence of a ward/departmental manager/deputy
  • Maintain flexibility with staff rosters in order to provide cover with the optimum skill mix, making best use of available resources
  • Deal with patient/relative complaints proactively

Person Specification



  • RSCN / Diploma in Child Health
  • RN


  • Mentorship or equivalent qualification
  • PILS
  • IV Drug Administration
  • Cannulation
  • Venepuncture
  • Paediatric experience in hospital setting
  • Paediatric HDU Course

Knowledge and Experience


  • Previous child care experience
  • Awareness of current government initiatives
  • Experience with medical devices
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Introduction to management course
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to respond to varying situations
  • Completion of Junior Band 5 competencies
  • Understanding of the NMC and their professional responsibilities and accountability
  • Completion of relevant clinical/specialist competencies



  • Communication skills
  • Team worker in multidisciplinary environment
  • Keyboard and IT system skills
  • Ability to use initiative



  • Computer skills (word, excel, email, internet)

Personal Qualities


  • Positive and Adaptable
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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