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Paediatric Intensive Care
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Evelina Children Hospital
£38,768 - £46,124 p.a inc. HCA
Salary period
30/06/2022 23:59
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COVID-19 Vacancy Paediatric Senior Staff Nurse - Sky HDU

Band 6

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.

Guy’s is home to the largest dental school in Europe and a £160 million Cancer Centre opened in 2016. As part of our commitment to provide care closer to home, in 2017 we also opened a cancer centre and a kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. St Thomas’ has one of the largest critical care units in the UK and one of the busiest emergency departments in London. It is also home to Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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. 

Our adult community services teams deliver care at the heart of the local communities we serve, working in partnership with GPs, local authorities and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations. Working with our partners in Lambeth and Southwark, we are focusing on new ways of working to improve care for local patients.

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.

We have a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research. We are part of King’s Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with King’s College London we have dedicated clinical research facilities and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible patient experience as well as safe, high quality care. We are proud to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS. Following a comprehensive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2019 we maintained our overall rating of ‘good’. Our adult community services achieved a rating of ‘outstanding’.

The commitment of our 22,000 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2019 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.

We have one of the most ambitious capital investment programmes anywhere in the NHS.

Job overview

Evelina is opening an exciting new Paediatric Critical Care High Dependency Unit on the 6th floor of the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in Summer 2022.

Managed by the Paediatric Critical Care team within the new Evelina Cardio-Respiratory and Intensive Care directorate. 
Sky HDU is a new 10 bedded area where children with health care needs requiring paediatric critical care level 2 will be cared for, the new area will be opened in stages over the coming year. 

To be a part of the critical care nursing team we are looking for an enthusiastic senior nursing team members who have experience of paediatric HDU care.  The post holder will be integral to the ongoing development of the new HDU nursing team, led by the ward manager and supported by the Critical Care Nursing leadership  team of Matrons and Lead Nurses.

Closing date: 30th June 2022

Interview date: 7th July 2022

Main duties of the job

This post is for a band 6 nursing position within the Evelina Sky HDU.  The post holder will be expected to support and develop the nursing as well as delivering excellent care to the children, developing this new area and creating a core team. 

They will be supported by the PICU senior nursing team. The critical care nursing team are a dynamic and innovative team who jointly share a vision and culture to deliver exceptional care, lead and innovate, and empower and educate all nursing team members. 

They are integral in coordinating and delivering excellent care to critically unwell children and supporting their families and carers.  Being a clinical expert is essential in the area of paediatric HDU care, and carrying the vision and values of the critical care team into this new area.  

Working for our organisation

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 opening a new HDU with a dedicated nursing team who will lead the care of level 2 patients from multiple specialties, sitting within the Critical Care team alongside the PICU. 

The area will be developed over the coming year with a unique opportunity to be a part of developing care delivery to this group of children within the Evelina.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and provision of specialist nursing advice and carries out specialist nursing procedures.  The post holder will provide clinical supervision to other staff, students and may undertake research, lead clinical audits in own specialist area.  Ensuring the safety and well being of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles.

For full details of duties and responsibilities for each criteria please see the attached Job Description.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post registration qualification in or demonstrate relevant experience and competence (appropriate area of speciality)
  • Mentorship/Teaching Qualification
  • Evidence of professional/clinical knowledge in area supplemented by specialist clinical, managerial training and CPD

Additional Information

Essential criteria
  • Able and willing to work flexible shift patterns, internal rotation to day and night duty and unsocial hours, according to service needs

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability

Essential criteria
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues. Knowledge of evidence based practice.
  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • Good communication skills and ability to deal with sensitive information. To include dealing with distressed relatives, care of terminally ill & other challenging situations
  • Demonstrate an awareness of clinical governance and risk management and how this effects their role and the department
  • Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate with others. Ability to organise and plan own time and that of junior staff and learners.

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Previous post registration experience within the relevant specialty
  • Experiencing of co-ordinating a shift
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experienced and competent in the management of patients within the speciality

Professional/ Statutory Registration

Essential criteria
  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Rebecca Beschizza
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