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Bank Paediatric Staff Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
20 Jul 2024
The Children's Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital are excited to welcome enthusiastic and caring Registered Children's Nurses to their bank team.

We are a 29 bedded unit looking after children from age 0-18 years with a variety of both medical and surgical conditions including oncology, diabetes, respiratory, mental health and spinal surgery. We also have a Paediatric Assessment Unit and a 2 bedded High Dependency Unit.

We are a compassionate and friendly team and can provide a supportive environment whilst you broaden your knowledge and skills in general paediatric care.

There is also the opportunity to work as a Paediatric nurse in ED and support will be given with this .

We can also offer payment for your bank shifts weekly! Bank Pay is an easy way to automatically get paid a percentage of the money you've already earned from any bank shifts completed the previous week. It means you don't have to wait until the end of the month for your bank shift pay, giving you more flexibility.

We welcome applications from all aspects of society, however we particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities, LGBT+ community and younger people who are under-represented in Somerset.

*If you are currently employed by our trust get in touch with for more information on how to join our Bank Team*

Main duties of the job

- To provide effective care on a daily basis for babies, Children & Young People (CYP) 0-18 years of age with a wide variety of acute & chronic physical and mental health problems including 'End of Life' care.

- Experienced Band 5 post holders will also provide effective clinical and managerial leadership of a team in the absence of more senior colleagues, which empowers staff to deliver patient-centred, evidenced based nursing care.

- Establish use of systems that are in place on the Unit for a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care delivery which builds on the philosophy of greater involvement of patients and their parents/carer's and families by using the Trust's patient and public involvement strategy.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:

- Multicultural Network

- Women's Network

- Armed Forces' Network

- LGBTQ+ Network

- Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities

- Autistic Colleague Network

We offer a form of weekly pay via Wagestream. Bank Pay is an easy way to automatically get paid a percentage of the money you've already earned from any bank shifts completed the previous week. It means you don't have to wait until the end of the month for your bank shift pay, giving you more flexibility.

Don't worry - the remaining portion of your pay is set aside to make sure your tax contributions are paid in full and if your tax contributions amount to less than the money set aside you'll receive it all back at the end of each month.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and Key Working Relationships

- Communicate with patients, relatives and carers sensitive clinical information in a way that takes into account the child's developmental stage and level of understanding.

- Communicate with colleagues, internal and external contacts in a courteous, professional and timely manner at all times by various methods, i.e. telephone, written, face to face.

- Participate in team and Trust meetings as required.

- Assist with mentorship, training and induction of newly appointed staff.

- Report any incidents by way of Trust Incident Reporting system.

Planning and Organisation

- Prioritise own work efficiently and effectively to ensure Trust targets are met.

- Able to take responsibility for a team and in the absence of more senior colleagues for the Unit ensuring that the compliment and skill mix of staff is appropriate to deliver the service adjusting the roster where necessary.

- Ensure patient safety and comfort is maintained throughout their journey and that they are admitted and discharged in a timely manner.


- Makes decisions, following discussion with appropriate staff members with regard to the clinical intervention required, based on the analysis and interpretation of clinical facts on a daily basis and in critical situations.

- To support and assist and take part in and ensure national, trust & local audits are completed within the time stated. To understand and interpret results and formulate any action plans necessary to ensure best practice and patient safety is optimum.

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

- Deliver safe and compassionate patient centred care being responsible for the assessment, reassessment, implementation and evaluation of this care.

- Responsible and accountable for ensuring care plans are amended as patients care needs dictate and evaluated on a daily basis and when clinical need demands.

- Respond to patients, parents & carers queries in a timely fashion.

- Using experience and acquired knowledge to advise clinical colleagues of standard speciality practice to avoid delay in patient care.

- Able to teach core nursing skills on a one to one or group basis and those relating to a speciality, support staff and students.

- Able to provide teaching to parents/carers of children with complex needs.

- At all times, maintain the safety of children by being responsive and reactive to safeguarding concerns and issues.

- Ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

- Responsible for ensuring accurate documentation in accordance with NMC and Trust guidelines.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

- Works within the NMC standards and Trust policies/protocols and guidelines.

- Practices in line with the NMCs Code at all times.

- Be responsible for updating own professional development to increase knowledge as well as sharing and cascading knowledge to all colleagues.

- Maintain annual performance reviews and act on objectives set.

- Be involved, feedback and comment on quality improvement proposals/changes.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

- Responsible for repair and maintenance of equipment and report any faults and request replacement if necessary.

- Shared responsibility for the safe keeping of patients property

- Contribute to prudent stock control/maintenance

- Responsible for ensuring compliance with medical device training.

- As per the Trust Drug policy follow the safe ordering, storage and administration of medicines.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

- Responsible, on a shift by shift basis and in the absence of more senior colleagues for the supervision and management of all staff comprising Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Play Specialists and Receptionists.

- Supports with welcoming, inducting, training, mentoring of new staff into the team as required -- including those helping the team on a short term basis.

- Act as a positive role model and lead by example.

- Assist with risk management, reporting clinical incidents, complaints and supporting Unit managers to learn from incidents and complaints in a positive manner to develop and change/improve practice. Provide statements to incidents as necessary.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

- Knowledge to access and maintain specialised databases: involves input and updating such as Maxims and Epro.

- Have a comprehensive understanding of Trust information systems/speciality systems.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

-Attending meetings and study sessions as required to maintain professional development and re-validation requirements

- Becoming champions to provide links between all the different specialities within the Multidisciplinary Team e.g nutrition, diabetes and infection control.

- On a daily basis, provide patients, parents/carers and families opportunities to comment on the service they have received by the use of Friend and Family questionnaires and Care Opinion.

- Review comments on a monthly basis and use the information to help change/develop practice/environment as necessary.

Person Specification



  • - RSCN/RN Child registration
  • - Currently hold a nursing degree or are working towards one


  • - Speciality courses/qualifications
  • - Supervisor/assessor training



  • - Communication skills/basic literacy skills


  • - 1 year post registration experience

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Road




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