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Children's Staff Nurse

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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We are welcoming applications from qualified Children's Nurses as we have vacancies on following Wards:

Ward 12 - Children Critical Care Unit

Cardiothoracic PICU - Freeman Hospital

Ward 3 - Great North Children's Hospital

Main duties of the job

  • Interview Date Friday, 05 July 2024
  • Interviews will be face to face at Regent Point, NE3 3H
  • Full & Part Time Hours Available

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, we have around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

WARD 12, Childrens Critical Care Unit

PICU is a regional 12 bedded unit and children are admitted from across the wider region for level 1-3 care. We have approximately 500 admissions per year and the unit is run by 80 trained nurses, Assistant Practitioners, Housekeepers, 9 PICU Consultants and Advanced Critical Care Practitioners.

Children present with a variety of conditions major trauma, medical, neurology, neonatal surgery, oncology and bone marrow transplantation being just a few.

PICU offers a comprehensive preceptorship programme and ongoing education programmes for all staff and staff are encouraged to progress and thrive within this environment. Staff are well supported with psychology, clinical supervision and the national SWELL programme.

PICU, Freeman Hospital

Our Cardiothoracic PICU is a Supra Regional Unit, caring for children and families from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe with an age range of 0-18years.

We take admissions from across the United Kingdom and further afield for cardiac surgery, bridging to transplant (ventricular assist devices), heart /lung transplant and a type of advanced heart and lung life support known as ECMO, (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation). We are one of only two centres in the United Kingdom who can carry out heart/lung transplantation in children.

PICU is extremely diverse. Children on our unit are cared for on a 1:1 basis, as they require continuous individual 24-hour care. Children on therapies such as ECMO or the Berlin Heart require a 2:1 nurse ratio. You will undergo specialist in-house training to develop our scope of professional practice to perform extra duties.

You will get opportunities to learn nursing skills surrounding the critically ill child in areas such as fluid and nutrition management, infection control, Intravenous administration including medications and blood products, Communication skills, Ventilation and respiratory management and Extracorporeal devices.

We offer an extensive 12 week preceptorship programme aimed to facilitate your learning, skills and confidence. Our preceptorship programme aids the transition of the new nurse into the PICU environment, which incorporates periods of time on both Ward 23, HDU and PICU GNCH to allow a complete multidisciplinary approach.


Ward 3 compiles of a 10 bed Specialist unit, we are an internationally renowned bone marrow transplant unit at the Great North Childrens Hospital, where we care forchildren (0-19 years) with a wide range of immunological and haematology oncology diseases where haematopoietic stem cell (blood and marrow) transplants are the best and most successful forms of treatment.

All the diseases we treat are life threatening, and we are proud to be one of only two centres in the UK specialising in this field of transplantation (the other being Great Ormond Street).Patients come to us for treatment from all over the world our catchment area within the UK covers everywhere north of Birmingham, Scotland, Wales and all of Ireland. This means that our nurses develop excellent communication skills with patients from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.

You will gain the ability of looking after children in need of highly specialist care and building powerful relationships with them and their families. By providing high dependency care, you will develop outstanding skills, including recognition of the deteriorating child whilst administering complex drug regimes such as chemotherapy, specially treated blood products and monoclonal antibodies.

We work closely with our clinical educator, social workers, psychologist and many other healthcare professionals to ensure all our staff feel fully supported and our new starters benefit from a 6 week supernumerary period followed by dedicated support from their preceptor for the next six months.

Job Purpose
  • Accountable for assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating high quality patient care in the Peri-Operative environment.
  • Provide effective support to both patient and carers throughout their care pathway.
  • Act as role model, teacher and supervisor for junior staff and students, participating in mentor and preceptorship programmesTo abide by Trust policies and procedures.
  • Provide support for and depending on experience deputise for nurse in charge in their absence.
  • Act as patient advocate in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code / Health and Care Professions Council standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
  • Work collaboratively as an effective member of MDT.
  • Participate in 24 hour on call service when appropriate to role.

You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Person Specification



  • oEvidence of achievements and career development in current post and of on-going professional development
  • oAwareness of current relevant NHS policy context
  • oHas understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding


  • oMeets Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for mentorship if relevant to role



  • oBasic IT skills


  • oRelevant clinical skills relating to the specialty e.g. cannulation, IV drug administration



  • oRelevant and recent clinical experience


  • oPrevious experience in speciality



  • oRegistered Nurse (appropriate to branch)
  • oNMC registration
  • oDiploma/Degree in Nursing (completed or willingness to undertake) or equivalent experience

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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