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Team Leader - Children's Community Team

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
The Children's Community Nursing Service includes the Children's Hospital at home, Community nursing, PATCH and Complex Needs Nursing teams which manage a range of childhood conditions. Children benefit from the expertise of the hospital in the comfort and safety of their own home, school and a variety of other community settings. We have a dynamic team of highly skilled nurses who facilitate early discharge of children from hospital as well as prevent hospital admissions and ED attendance.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Team Leader for our Children's Community Team with the ability to work autonomously, who has a passion for providing high quality care that supports and empowers Children and Young People to manage their own care where possible appropriate. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and build a comprehensive children's nursing service for the local children/YP and families of Lambeth and Southwark.

This is a fixed term post for 12 months to cover maternity leave (secondment is welcome).

Closing Date: 14th July 2024 at Midnight

Interview Date: Week beginning 22nd July

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as an autonomous expert practitioner withresponsibility for leading a team of nurses who will provide high qualityspecialist nursing care to children at home and community settings.

As an autonomous practitioner they will take responsibility for facilitating early discharge, reducing the length of stay, preventing hospital admissions and supporting children with acute, short and long term conditions in the local population of Lambeth and Southwark.

In partnership with members of the multidisciplinary nursing team the post holder will develop, implement and evaluate a seamless Children's community nursing service delivery within the Acute Children's Community Nursing Service with a focus on ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of clinical care.

The post holder will be responsible for leading the team and contributing to the ongoing development of clinical practice, research and standards of care within the service, including development of policies, protocols and guidelines and contribute to service developments in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues and stakeholders. The post holder will also ensure the safety and well-being of services users, always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person- centred care principles.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work autonomously, managing a caseload of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

Act as an advocate for patients, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.

Recognise and monitor acute exacerbations of illness and initiate appropriate nursing interventions using clinical judgement and expertise in assessing and implementing change during clinical visits.

To carry out specialist procedures in the community settings eg administration of intravenous antibiotics, care of central venous access devices and changing of naso - gastric tubes.

To regularly attend and liaise with acute hospital colleagues to enable timely and safe discharge from hospital and appropriate follow up in the community.

Participate in the promotion of patient centred care, and establish and maintain a supportive relationship with the patient and their family during the period of assessment, treatment and after care

Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their treatment and management. Provide advice contributing to the wellbeing of the patient and participate in health promotion to improve health and prevent re attendance.

Demonstrate appropriate expert practice and highly specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed changes to clinical care.

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood

Responsible for the correct administration of blood products.

Promote and deliver high standards of care at all times, which utilises research-based evidence, and is audited and improved accordingly.

Participate in the promotion of the childrens community nursing service through dissemination of specialist knowledge, both locally and nationally.

Act as a role model, demonstrating high standards of care and providing clinical leadership to the team.

Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationship between clinicians, practitioners and managers within the specialty, across the Trust and in the community including GPs, Health visitors, School nurses and the wider Childrens Community Nursing Service

To be designated to take charge of the area in the absence of the person holding continuing responsibility.

Please see full details of duties and responsibilities in the Job Description attached.

Person Specification



  • Ability to assess and interpret highly complex events/conditions, with the ability to make judgements and recommendations regarding management of care in the community
  • Ability to clinically lead and influence staff
  • Evidence of teaching skills, in particular teaching patients in how to manage and raise awareness of their conditions
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working autonomously gained through previous working with children and families in the community /acute environment


  • Undertaken clinical & nursing research



  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Your professional knowledge acquired at degree level will be supplemented by specialist training.
  • RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register.
  • Leadership or people management experience


  • Community specialist practitioner
  • Non Medical Precriber



  • Proven evidence of management/leadership skills and autonomous practice
  • Experience of audit, research and evidence based care
  • Good understanding of safeguarding issues and policy framework
  • Experience of delivering change management both personally and as a facilitator


  • Experience or participation in service development projects

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Sunshine House, Peckham

27 Peckham Road



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