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Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Cardiology

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
Are you an experienced nurse with knowledge of congenital heart disease, and a passion to support and educate children, young people and their families?

Are you passionate about delivering high-quality, individualised care, working closely with the multi-disciplinary team and local teams to achieve this?

We are seeking a Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Cardiology, a highly specialised field, working with children and young people from 0-16 years of age.

At GSTT, we are proud to deliver high-quality and personal care.

We are guided by our values: putting patients first, taking pride in what we do, respecting others, striving to be the best and acting with integrity. We care about each and every person that visits our service and treat them with kindness. If you feel you have these qualities and want to join our team we want to hear from you.

We currently have vacancy to cover maternity leave for a fixed period of 12 months. The post-holder will work cross-site and in our network to advise, educate and support children, young people, their families and carers, helping them to navigate their journey from diagnosis, through cardiac intervention and surgery, to transfer to adult services, ensuring they have access to relevant, up to date information and education about their condition.

Closing date: 17th July

Aim to interview in the week commencing 22nd July, to be confirmed

Main duties of the job

The role of a Paediatric Cardiology Nurse Specialist is to provide up-to-date education and support to children, young people and their families on their journey through paediatric services. The scope is broad, supporting children from birth to 16 years of age, at new diagnosis or following antenatal diagnosis, through cardiac intervention and surgery, discharge or transfer to adult services. Expert knowledge and expertise and shared and utilised to support local health services and education settings.

This role is across the Lifelong Network, supporting the children and families seen by the Paediatric cardiology teams at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, and at Evelina London.

There is great opportunity to be involved in service development, local and national education, also audit and research. Evidence of experience in these areas is preferable.

The successful candidate will be kind and compassionate, be an excellent communicator, a great team player, be a critical problem solver, be able to multitask, and to use basic computer software such as Windows, PowerPoint, and Excel.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' is among the UK's busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiovascular services.

Evelina London cares for local children in Lambeth and Southwark and provides specialist services across south east England including cardiac, renal and critical care services. We lead a number of specialist service networks aiming to ensure children are treated locally where possible, but have access to specialist expertise when they need it. Our community services include health visiting, school nursing and support for families of children with long-term conditions.

In February 2021 the Royal Brompton and Harefield joined Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together world-leading expertise in the care and research of heart and lung disease. Our merger provides a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients and conducting world-leading research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will work as part of the Paediatric cardiology CNS teams supporting patients and their families.

They will act as an expert resource to families and junior staff and will be expected to educate families and staff regarding cardiac conditions.

They will advocate for families and patients when required.

They will provide nurse-led services, as well as supporting patients and families with information regarding their cardiac condition and healthcare needs.

They will liaise with community teams including community teams, GPs, local hospital teams, schools, nurseries, palliative care specialist teams, and safeguarding teams.

Person Specification



  • Registered Adult or Paediatric Nurse
  • Degree/diploma relevant to area or equivalent expertise
  • All staff are expected to take responsibility for their own continual personal development
  • Relevant post registration course
  • Evidence of continuing professional development at postgraduate level
  • Teaching/mentoring experience


  • Extensive experience looking after children and young people with congenital heart disease
  • Ability to demonstrate sound knowledge of congenital heart disease

Previous Experience


  • Extensive experience of working autonomously at an advanced level within the specialist area delivering effective patient focused care.
  • Proven evidence of management / leadership skills and autonomous practice
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education at undergraduate level
  • Experience of delivering patient advocacy
  • Experience of audit, research & evidence based care


  • Experience of delivering change management



  • Advanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills in specialty.
  • Proven listening / counselling skills with the ability to manage complex situation and appropriately deliver sensitive and difficult outcomes.
  • Evidence of teaching skills in particular teaching patients in how to manage their conditions and raise their awareness of their condition.
  • Ability to clinically lead & influence staff
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Sound knowledge of current issues in the profession and practice of nursing
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Able to use skills of history taking and physical assessment to direct patient care
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to conduct & evaluate own projects successfully
  • Knowledge of current clinical & nursing research


  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex data and findings
  • Undertaken nurse research

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street



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