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Paediatric Senior Staff Nurse - Lighthouse Ward

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024
Senior Staff Nurse - Band 6

Are you an experienced staff nurse ready to take the next step in your career?Are you looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment, are you caring, compassionate & motivated? We are looking for a dynamic & committed nurse to apply for the Senior Staff Nurse position.

Lighthouse Ward is a busy 9 bedded unit which provides emergency & planned paediatric nephrology & urology care for paediatric patients for the Southwest of England. In addition to our inpatient ward, we run a haemodialysis outpatient service & a community renal nursing team.

You will require a great deal of flexibility & vision to support the existing nursing team, as well as being able to link in with the wider multi-disciplinary team. You will have excellent communication & organisational skills & an ability to manage change enthusiastically, lead, manage & develop a team of nursing staff.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal & communication skills & have the ability to forge & maintain relationships with a variety of clinical & non-clinical staff. The ability to manage a busy workload & to prioritise, quickly find solutions & to focus on the important issues when decision making is essential.

The successful candidate will be supported in leading a team of nursing staff to develop personally and professionally. You will have evidence of your effective leadership, clinical credibility & have experience of working at a Band 5 level or above.

Main duties of the job

  • To work according to the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct and relevant professional guidelines to provide a high standard of patient care using a flexible patient centred care approach.
  • To provide an expert level of professional practice within nursing (speciality), and to be responsible for the management of a nursing team, providing advice, information and support. To actively support the sister/charge nurse, assisting in the safe, effective and efficient management of the ward/department and deputising in their absence.
  • To assume responsibility for undertaking tasks delegated by the sister/charge nurse including mentoring roles, auditing and clinical governance. To promote a ward/department environment that is conducive to learning, supporting and participating in the supervision/teaching of the more junior and/or new staff, both nursing and other members of the multidisciplinary team

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • RGN.1st Level or relevant children's qualification
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Degree in nursing or health related subject or working towards
  • Qualification in Teaching, assessing and Mentoring


  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Knowledge & Experience


  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor
  • Appropriate post registration experience in nursing and speciality


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken

Skills & Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to perform clinical activities specific to speciality
  • Competency in medication administration including intravenous medication
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Able to influence other team members
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS
  • General good health
  • Aware that the role can be stressful and emotional at times.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin St.



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