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Senior Staff Nurse - Squirrel Ward (Gastro)

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Squirrel Gastro Ward are looking for a dynamic and passionate nurse to join our team as a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse.

The ideal candidate will have good time management and decision making skills, along with an ability to work both autonomously and as part of team. Leadership and role modelling are also key aspect for the Band 6 role, being able to support junior staff and support the Ward Sister in the efficient running of the ward.

Squirrel is a busy ward with 10 beds, specialising in gastroenterology medicine, both acute and Long term management. You will have the opportunity to learn complex fluid management, Parental Nutrition and caring for children undergoing investigations of the GI tract, Pre transplant assessment of children that require Bowel or Multi-visceral transplants and caring for children having complex medication regimes for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We are a national centre for some conditions and care for children for across the country and occasionally abroad.

We offer a mixture of long and short stay patients, catering for a diverse age range of patients from newborn to 18 years.

Substantial experience in Paediatrics is preferred for this role, as well as an interest or knowledge of Gastroenterology.

If you would like further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Andrea McLean (Ward Sister) on or 0207 4059200 ext 5560.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership to a designated nursing team and ensure the provision of high- quality nursing care to children, young people and families.

To act as a role model and expert clinical practitioner.

To assist in the safe, effective and efficient management of the department within allocated resources.

To promote a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence-based practice.

To undertake delegated responsibility for the department in the absence of the Ward Manager /Team Leader.

To be familiar with and adopt the principles of the NHS Chief Nursing Officers vision for Compassion in Practice (NHS Commissioning Board Dec 2012).

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values



  • Knowledge and understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Experience of having worked with acute/chronically sick children or specialised transferable skills
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in children's nursing
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace.
  • Understanding of the importance of research and evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Basic knowledge of computer skills
  • Understating or evidence of fulfilling requirements for Revalidation
  • Understanding of safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Understanding of principles of clinical governance (e.g. risk management, audit, quality)


  • Understanding of nursing practice and innovation outside of GOSH
  • Knowledge of clinical incidents and complaints and reporting
  • Previous experience in the relevant specialty of post (preferably in an NHS setting)



  • Ability to plan and prioritise care for patients
  • Committed to family centred care
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good time management and teaching skills
  • Ability to work well both in a team and on own initiative
  • Ability to delegate tasks as appropriate
  • Demonstrates Compassion in practice


  • Administration of IV drugs
  • Central venous access management

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • NMC Registered Nurse (appropriate to clinical speciality) relevant to area of practice e.g Endocrine and Metabolics
  • Relevant nursing qualification
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development relating to clinical speciality


  • Assessor or practice supervisor qualification/experience

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street NHS Trust

Great Ormond Street



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