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Staff Nurse

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Part Time
Are you a children's nurse, looking for a challenging new experience or wanting to develop new skills within paediatric nursing? If you have completed your preceptorship and would like to gain experience in the community setting, we would love to hear from you.

The Helena Specialist Nursing Team & Ryegate House respite centre provides respite, continuing care and palliative care provision in a variety of settings that includes the child own home, school or Ryegate House residential setting.

The service aim is to provide excellent clinical care and support to children suffering from complex health needs, and their families, giving opportunities for learning, and living within the community, away from the inpatient setting.

You will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. Youwill share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Main duties of the job

You will care for patients with a range of different health needs, which include long term ventilation, tracheostomy care, seizure management and specialist feeding via NG or gastrostomy. The team also support paediatric palliation, within the community, and the successful candidate will be involved in working alongside our Palliative care team.

You will also be responsible for the updating of continuing care assessments, care plans, risk assessments, and providing education and support to both parents and carers, with management & supervision from senior nursing staff. Your role will also include some management input with our Band 3 & 4 care staff, that include Assistant Practitioners & Nursing Associates.

This post is an ideal opportunity to expand into the community setting, whilst maintaining strong links to the multidisciplinary team within the main hospital trust.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and Relationship skills.
  • To maintain confidentiality of information regarding children/ families at all times.
  • To act as a positive role model and resource person to others including patients and relatives.
  • To communicate and liaise effectively with all members of the multidisciplinary team, both verbally and in writing, providing and receiving complex or sensitive information
  • Persuade patients and families to co-operate with treatment for their well-being, effectively deal with anxious relatives.
  • Ensure parents/carers and the child (when appropriate), have the opportunity to agree and/or negotiate care.
  • Communicate with senior nursing staff regarding any problems, untoward occurrences or accidents

Knowledge, Training and Experience.
  • To have RSCN or RN (Child) registration, and use this knowledge in the daily care of patients.
  • To undertake administration of prescribed medication within the Trust policy for administration of medicines.
  • To be aware of the resources available for continuing education and demonstrate a positive attitude towards self development.
  • Develop knowledge skills and attitudes by undertaking competency packages as required by Trust and speciality during the first 2 years of post registration employment and on-going according to personal development plan.
  • Knowledge of principles of Infection Prevention & Control. It is essential that the post-holder adheres to all Trust infection control policies, procedures and protocols (to include hand decontamination, correct use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and care and management of patients with communicable infections. (ED specific safe and effective management of Chemical Biological, Radiation & Nuclear Casualties)
  • To work within Trust Child Safeguarding Policies and undertake safeguarding training at Level 3.
  • To ensure that personal mandatory and statutory training requirements are met in accordance with Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust policies, maintaining own professional profile.
  • Maintain competence in the use of all medical devices used within the department.

Analytical and Judgement Skills
  • To plan straightforward tasks on an ongoing daily basis.
  • To be able, with support from senior staff, to analyse and make decisions in relation to risk and patient care.
  • Utilise clinical and risk assessment skills to maintain a safe environment.
  • To review current practice and report to ward/department manager areas requiring change.

Planning and Organisational.
  • Provide clinical expertise to a defined group of patients/clients, participating in all aspects of care from initial contact/admission through to discharge, including transferring from one environment to another, or within the out-patient environment.
  • To incorporate planned patient investigations, treatments and discharges into the care for a patient allocation over the duration of a shift.
  • Participate as a mentor/preceptor, in the teaching/training, assessment and supervision process for learner nurses and support workers.
  • Be aware of local and national initiatives which impact on the development and delivery of the paediatric service.

Please see the person specification document for further information.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Diploma Level Education as Registered Nurse (RN Child or RSCN)
  • Current registration with NMC


  • Teaching, mentoring and Assessors qualification
  • Willingness to undertake study to Degree level Relevant Post Basic registration course



  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to professional development
  • Willingness to undertake Trust Band 5 competency pathway
  • Role of Staff Nurse


  • Post-registration experience in paediatric speciality
  • Mentorship experience
  • Understanding of the principles of Audit

Knowledge and Skills


  • Role of Staff Nurse
  • Accountability and Own limitations
  • Health & Safety Safe Practices e.g. Moving and Handling, Sharps, COSHH
  • Principles of Infection Control
  • Principles of Safeguarding of Children
  • Effective verbal and written communication skill
  • IV Competent
  • Ability to respect the cultural, social and religious diversity within society
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Good decision making skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Basic IT skills & use of Microsoft Word/Excel
  • Clean driving licence and access to a car for community visits


  • Ability to work within a team
  • Understanding of the clinical governance agenda
  • Health, Safety and Risk awareness
  • Awareness of resource management
  • Paediatric Life Support training
  • Extended role skills eg Cannulation
  • Speciality Nursing Skills: Medical Nursing
  • Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • One to One Teaching
  • Lone working
  • Community based working

Personal Attributes


  • Commitment to: Speciality Professional Values & Manner Self Development Family Involvement and Holistic Care Internal Rotation/Flexible Working Patterns


  • Leadership qualities

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Ryegate House

Tapton Crescent road


S10 5DP

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