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Band 5
Fixed term: 1 year
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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279 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Worthing Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
30/01/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Paediatric Staff Nurse

Band 5

 About our Trust

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation with patient care at our core. Our hard-working, talented and dedicated people work together towards a common goal – to always put our Patient First.  In fact our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex. In the meantime make sure to check out our Patient First approach that runs through our core as you’ll get to know us better through this, our equality, diversity and inclusion pages which show just why being inclusive is so important to us and how our staff networks help drive change, and our staff wellbeing page that details the many ways in which we invest in your wellbeing.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for motivated and enthusiastic staff nurses to join our friendly well established Children’s Nursing Team. This post would be suitable for either  newly qualified nurses or nurses with experience. We also welcome applications from registered nurses with an interest in paediatrics or with previous paediatric experience.

We are offering one year fixed contract positions working part-time  up to  37.5hrs per week

Bluefin ward nurses children and young people from birth to 18 years. Our patients have a variety of medical and surgical conditions. The unit has an HDU area and separate Children's and Young Person's Day Unit.

You will build on essential skills in nursing sick children such as respiratory support, fluid and pain management and stabilisation of the critically ill child.

We provide excellent opportunities for ongoing professional development and leadership.

The unit and our Paediatric service has been awarded a CQC rating of OUTSTANDING.

We have a strong multi disciplinary team and welcome enthusiastic, motivated nurses who are passionate about providing excellent care to children and their families. We encourage applicants to arrange a virtual visit to the unit and meet the team.

Main duties of the job

  • Participate in the assessment, implementation and delivery of individualised patient care seeking guidance where appropriate.


  • To report on the condition of patients to the Clinical Leader/Medical staff, assisting them in ascertaining treatments and ensure these are carried out.


  • To ensure that all patients' data is accurately recorded.


  • Ensure that all patients have nutritional assessment and that individual needs are fully met


  • Be responsible for the control and custody of all medication and drugs in accordance with Trust policy


  • To administer drugs as prescribed, checking and witnessing controlled drugs.


  • Ensure safe effective discharge planning, involving the multidisciplinary team as necessary.


  • Maintain own professional development under the guidance of senior staff.


  • Develop teaching and assessing skills through training and practical experience; becoming a mentor to learners.


  • Take charge of a group of patients, taking into account patient/relative/carers wishes


  • Be able to confidently take charge of the ward when the occasion presents itself.


  • Ensure that all patients needs are identified and programmes of care implemented to meet individual needs

Working for our organisation

At University Hospitals Sussex we nurture an inclusive culture that values diversity and empowers everyone to be their authentic self at work.

Our values of respect and inclusion are at our core and guide us in our day to day interactions with each other and our patients. We treat people as individuals – celebrating their differences and always taking the time to listen, and learn, from their experiences and perspectives.

We have active professional and social networking groups across our hospitals as well as wearing our accreditations and awards with pride. We are an accredited Disability Confident employer, welcome employees from the Armed Forces through the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme, and are proud to be both a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer and a NHS LGBTQI+ Rainbow Badges pilot Trust.

Whilst we celebrate these achievements, we remain true to our ‘where better never stops’ ethos and to our commitment to champion inclusion and to remove barriers to equality so everyone can feel free to be their authentic self.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The service is committed to providing a high standard of nursing care for sick children and young people up to the age of 18 years, within the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, including outpatient, emergency and elective care within the division, by ensuring the most effective use of resources. Assist team members with the assessment and delivery of care, under the direction and supervision of the team leader.


Contact number: 01903205111 ext 85164

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RSCN / Diploma in Child Health
  • RN
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship or equivalent qualification
  • PILS
  • IV Drug Administration
  • Cannulation
  • Venepuncture
  • Paediatric experience in hospital setting

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Previous child care experience
  • Awareness of current government initiatives
  • Experience with medical devices
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Introduction to management course
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to respond to varying situations
  • Completion of Junior Band 5 competencies
  • Understanding of the NMC and their professional responsibilities and accountability
  • Completion of relevant clinical/specialist competencies


Essential criteria
  • Communication skills
  • Team worker in multidisciplinary environment
  • Keyboard and IT system skills
  • Ability to use initiative


Essential criteria
  • Computer skills (word, excel, email, internet)

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Positive and Adaptable
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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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