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Paediatric Emergency Department
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
St Thomas' Hospital
£32,466 - £39,521 p.a inc. HCA
Salary period
06/06/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Staff Nurse-Paediatric Emergency Department

Band 5

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 23,500 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

 Staff Nurse in the Paediatric Emergency Department (A&E)

We are looking for someone who is motivated, has excellent communication skills and wants to work in the fast pace environment of our friendly  Paediatric Emergency Department.

We have an excellent development programme with protected teaching time, including access to a Children's ED course. We offer major incident,  trauma and regular resus SIM training.

Post registration acute paediatric experience to qualify for this position is essential.
Closing date:  6th  June 2023

Interview: 15th June 2023


Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for assessment of care needs of patients,
planning programmes of care, implementation and evaluation of these
programmes without direct supervision.

At times they will have management responsibility for being in-charge of the ward and supervising junior members of staff. The post holder will be a key member in relation to the development of practice on the ward.

They will be working independently/autonomously and at times without direct supervision, accountable for their own professional actions.

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.

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 among the UK’s busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical
areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing
assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluations
for patients is provided from admission through to discharge.

Will be responsible for the application of knowledge across the range of
work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and
practical experience.

To act as advocate for patients within the area, to ensure a patient
orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within
the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

To ensure that patients’ receive high quality clinical care and a good
patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and
wellbeing of the individuals.

Will advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.

Recognise the significance of observations made, and use them to
develop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care.

Carry out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensive
assessment of a person’s nursing requirements.

 Will ensure that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe and
appropriate for their needs.

 Carry out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on and
maintaining the highest possible standards.

 Work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments and
advise on nursing priorities.

Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health
and well being and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are
accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained.
 Undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure,
temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and
report exceptions appropriates.

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication
including transfusion of blood and blood products

Professional Responsibilities

Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of
professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain
and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.

Will act in accordance with Local, Hospital and Statutory Guidelines &
Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.

Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of
its implications and ensure that local unit and departmental policies are

Will work in accordance with Corporate Objectives

 Will compile a personal & professional portfolio (in conjunction with the
Performance management process and the compilation of a Personal
Development Plan).

Will maintain a high standard of care and give courteous reception to all
patients and visitors.

Will adopt a patient orientated approach to work

 Will practice in a cost effective and cost aware manner

Will ensure that the Hospital’s policy is understood and carried out with
regard to the care and custody of drugs/medications, especially with
regard to those covered by the Control of Drugs Act.

Will be familiar with the ward’s fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H.
policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies.

Will be fully conversant with the trust major incident plan, and ensure that
all nurses on the ward understand the procedure.

Will establish a relationship with a clinical supervisor

Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff,
service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related
to health, safety, security and risk.


Will be responsible for the provision and receipt of complex, sensitive or
contentious information related to patients, patient care, relatives, staff and
other multidisciplinary colleagues.

Provides highly specialised advice concerning the care or treatment of
identified groups or categories of patients/clients

Communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patient care.

Will communicate with patients and relatives, making reports and liaising,
as appropriate; with medical staff other members of the care team and

 Will give and receive day/night reports. Acting as team leader/member/coordinator as necessary.

Report to the Doctor/Sister/Charge Nurse and members of the
multidisciplinary team on patient’s conditions, both verbally and in writing
as necessary.
 Liaise with inter-hospital departments/personnel

Attend and participate in ward meetings and help promote new ideas and
methods and assist in their implementation.

Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and case
conferences to benefit patient care.

Education & Professional Development

Act as a role model, giving guidance, counselling and support to
unqualified staff and students.

 Actively contribute to the teaching programme within the ward.

Act as mentor and introduce new staff members to their role within the

Act as preceptor for newly qualified members of staff.

Act as mentor/assessor to unqualified staff.

Assist in producing written reports concerning the basic learner nurse in
the clinical setting as required by the university.

Take every opportunity to maintain and improve knowledge and
competence, and take steps to keep up to date with clinical and nursing

Please see attached Job Description for full details

Person specification

Value and Behaviour

Essential criteria
  • Value and Behaviour


Essential criteria
  • Self motivated
  • Knowledge of current clinical & professional developments relating to nursing & research based practice
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to supervise and teach junior staff/students


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in the relevant area
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of working on own and in a team
  • Experiencing of coordinating a shift

Education/ Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • RGN on the NMC register
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant qualifications required or course to area

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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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