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Band 3
  • Full time
  • Part time
50.25 hours per week (50.25)
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
John Radcliffe Hospital
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum pro rata
Salary period
17/04/2024 23:59

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

Senior Nursing Assistant

Band 3

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.


The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.


Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families. For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit


Job overview

Do you have experience working with children and young people? Do you have a childcare qualification (NVQ level 3) or other healthcare experience? If so, we could have the perfect job for you.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and dynamic to join our busy Children’s Day Care team and our Outpatients department. Day Care is a 16 bedded unit with a mixture of surgical and medical patients. We care for patients from 3 months to 16 years under a variety of teams, therefore a flexible working approach is a valuable quality. Due to supporting the wider team within the Children’s Hospital, we are flexible with increasing the number of patients that pass through the unit. The unit also has patients who attend but do not require a bed for reviews, scans etc. Day Care is open from 07:15-19:45 Monday – Friday with adhoc weekend shifts to work as extra by choice.

We are also looking to recruit into our Outpatients Department, 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday. Within our outpatients departments we have several clinics running that will need assisting with a variety of clinical needs for the patients.  Full-time and part-time hours available.

Main duties of the job

This role will involve caring for children and teenagers with the support of a registered nurse and being responsible for some house-keeping duties. You will assist the multidisciplinary team in meeting the needs of patients and families. This includes preparing a patient for theatre and ensuring their safe recovery whilst providing relevant information and safety netting advice for a efficient discharge, closely supported by the nursing team.

Communicate effectively with patients, families/carers, recognising there may be a need to utilise alternative methods of communication. Where there are barriers to understanding, arranging access to information, support and other services may be required. 

Prepare patients, families/carers and the environment for procedures. This includes supporting the wider team depending on the clinical need, for example distracting the child, helping with equipment and supporting/reassuring patients and their families/carers.

Be involved in the allocation of rooms, stock orders and how the department is organised. Several clinics run simultaneously that you will be required to assist working with the multidisciplinary team. This will involve taking heights and weights of the children, urinalysis, assisting with the doctors and phlebotomists.

We take pride in our duty of providing seamless care and having excellent and welcoming team.

Working for our organisation

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training, and research. Find out more here

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe HospitalChurchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. The care we deliver is based on the trust


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description.

For informal visits or any other information, please contact Amy Dowson, Deputy Sister ([email protected]) or Lucy Knight, Ward SIster ([email protected]). Tel 01865 234148. 

Person specification

Values and Behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to put patients at the heart of what you do and recognising different needs by encouraging a spirit of support, integrity, respect and teamwork
  • Shows pride in the quality of care they provide for patients and learning from successes and setbacks.
  • Evidence of commitment to the Oxford University Hospitals' vision and values.

Values and Behaviours Educatio

Essential criteria
  • To demonstrate literacy and numeracy.
  • Good command of spoken English assessed at interview.
  • Motivated to develop knowledge and skills and to undertake selfdevelopment.
  • Evidence of level 2 Apprenticeship or Diploma in Health related subject.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of Level 3 Diploma or Apprenticeship in Health related subject or working towards
  • Evidence of the Care Certificate or commitment to achieve on joining Trust. Understanding of the Code of Conduct for Health Care Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England

Clinical Practice

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of the NHS and/or health/child care and an interest in the speciality with knowledge of wider issues relating to health care
  • Clear understanding of professional accountability, delegation and professionalism related to the role of a band 3 worker
  • Makes a positive contribution as a team player and demonstrates awareness of importance of working as part of a team.
  • Able to deliver a high standard of care for patients and always striving to improve on what you do through change and innovation.
  • Able to communicate effectively with patients/relatives and carers and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Is sensitive to the impact and implications of decisions and activities undertaken on other professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Up to date knowledge and insight into specialist area.

Clinical Practice Planning

Essential criteria
  • Able to prioritise and to organise and motivate oneself and others to achieve delegated tasks.
  • Flexible approach to shift patterns and unit needs which may involve working in different areas or cross site working
  • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk and promote patient safety.
  • Able to use own initiative within the boundaries of the role and able to motivate oneself and others.

Improving Quality

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate understanding of confidentiality and awareness of key policies legislation in order to maintain information governance.
  • Appreciates the need for changes in the organisation or role requirements and can make a positive contribution to change management.
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Demonstrates ability to question and challenge practice in a constructive way so that standards of patient care are continually evaluated and improved.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work under minimal supervision but fully aware when to escalate concerns to a registered practitioner
  • Flexible, adaptable. organised with good time management skills
  • Ability to cope effectively under pressure and resilient and work within the team to manage complex and challenging situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with tact, diplomacy, empathy and understanding
  • Smart professional appearance and adherence to uniform policy
  • Recognise limitations of role and seek help and guidance
  • To support and orientate new staff and contribute to their development acting as a role model.
  • Essential IT skills in order to access required systems such as electronic patient records.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Fair Train work experience quality standard - gold standardVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Embracing Equality Diversity InclusionDisability confident employerStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Prince's Trust - Proud to support the Prince's trust - Youth can do itStep into healthArmed Forces Covenant

Applicant requirements

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Amy Dowson
Job title
Deputy Sister
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01865 234148
Additional information

Lucy Knight - [email protected] 


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