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Paediatric High Dependency Unit
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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PHDU, Royal Brompton Hospital
£32,466 - £39,521 PA
Salary period
05/04/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Band 5 Staff Nurse PHDU Royal Brompton Hospital

NHS AfC: 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

This advert is open to all applicants with an active NMC PIN.

We are looking for band 5 Staff Nurses to join our Paediatric High Dependency Unit, which is fast paced, innovative and dynamic environment.

The PHDU is an established 10 bedded unit within the new Evelina Cardio-Respiratory and Intensive Care directorate based at The Royal Brompton Hospital site.

The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary team of skilled and highly motivated staff who provide high quality care to children with a variety of conditions including congenital heart disease (pre- & post-surgery), acquired heart disease, respiratory conditions and thoracic surgery. We are committed to helping you realise your potential which is reflected through a personalised training and development plan as well as dedicated Practice Educators


Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will participate as a member of the multidisciplinary team and reach desired levels of competence in carrying out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision
  • He/she is required to develop additional clinical skills in the speciality
  • He /she is expected to participate in appropriate education and research requirements
  • The post holder will work closely with the ward/PHDU manager and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining policies, standards of nursing care and staff development as part of the ward team.
  • To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.
  • We aim that all members of the paediatric team will work in an environment which provides support and mutual respect for each other
  • To be flexible in the approach to the clinical area and provide cover for any area specified.
  • The post holder is responsible for managing the care of an individual or group of patients and the needs of their families, ensuring that quality is maintained
  • The post holder is required to develop responsibility in assessing care needs of patients in the clinical setting and to demonstrate nursing skills to new or junior nurses (after a period of satisfactory training and experience)
  • The post holder will be required to supervise trainee or junior nurses (after a period of training/experience)

Working for our organisation

From 1st April 2022, Children's services at The Royal Brompton Hospital site became part of the Cardiac, Respiratory and Intensive Care Directorate at Evelina London, which is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust . With over 3,000 dedicated staff, and led by an Executive Team and Board, we have significant devolved autonomy to focus operationally and strategically upon the needs of our patients. We also benefit from being part of a large and successful NHS foundation trust, whose values we share. We have an ambitious strategic development programme, with backing from Guy’s and St Thomas’.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Jenny Sims, Clinical Nurse Educator or Stacey Davies, PHDU Sister

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Patient/customer care (both direct & indirect)
  • In partnership with other professionals and disciplines to develop individual programmes which provide measurable outcomes of patient care. The process should include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care in accordance with Trust and department policies.
  • Is required to work according to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct (2002)
  • Is required to understand the Children Act (1989, 2004), the Children’s National Service Framework (2004) and know the nursing responsibilities in relation to these publications
  • To be aware of responsibilities in relation to national as well as local child protection policies
  • Is competent in reporting on patients’ progress, giving feedback and planning desired change with senior staff.
  • Ensure that nursing documentation is maintained to the Trust standard (including electronic records).
  • Under supervision participate in conducting nursing audit to achieve the agreed standards.
  • Under the supervision of the Sister/Charge Nurse contribute and participate in the process of setting goals and benchmarking standards of care.
  • In conjunction with the staff team contribute to developing and maintaining a ward /department philosophy and model of care.
  • Demonstrate through a holistic approach to nursing care and day-to-day clinical issues an understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • To demonstrate awareness and compliance with Trust policies, procedures, guidelines and standards.
  • To be aware of the Trust’s framework of clinical governance within the ward or department area, seeking advice or guidance where necessary.
  • Identify and report clinical risks so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the Trust risk management policy.
  • To provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical, psychological and spiritual well being for staff, patients/clients and their relatives/carers, seeking guidance or advice where necessary.
  • Record and report all incidents/complaints involving staff, patients and visitors in accordance with Trust policies and assist in any investigations as required.
  • To take charge of the clinical needs of a group of defined patients and/or ward or department on occasion prioritising workload according to changing clinical need over a 24 period.
  • To delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members in relation to patient care.
  • Participate in Trust wide research awareness sessions for nurses and midwives and recommend innovations for clinical practice.
  • To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements.
  • Be competent in the use of highly technical equipment in order to provide required and best care for each and every patient
  • Be competent in accessing a variety of central lines in order to obtain blood samples or administer drugs


  • Communication
  • To demonstrate politeness, courtesy and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations.
  • Contribute towards sharing good practice within the ward/PHDU department and Trust wide.
  • To promote a positive image of the Trust at all times.
  • To work cohesively with all members of the ward/PHDU team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.
  • People management
  •  Actively manage own annual leave in line with Trust and local Policy and Procedure.
  • Maintain, update and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills by participating in the Trust’s appraisal process and PDP development.
  • Participate in the programme for clinical supervision as required.
  • Maintain a personal, professional profile, identifying role and skill developments in line within the NMC code of conduct.
  • Information management
  • To be actively involved in maintaining data quality on PAS or similar systems in the future.
  • Undertake relevant training for electronic information systems in place & under development.
  • Following Trust / local guidelines order relevant tests and access results 
  • Participate in the collection of audit and research data as required.
  • Resource management
  •  To work together with the ward/PHDU team to ensure effective use of resources
  • To actively engage with the rostering process on the ward/PHDU
  • To work together with the ward/PHDU team to ensure effective use of resources & adequate stock levels.
  • Service development
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive learning environment for colleagues, patients and visitors.
  • To participate in staff education and development, including utilising appropriate learning opportunities and to act as a mentor and resource for student nurses, adaptation and unqualified members of the nursing team.
  • Policy development
  • Under the supervision of the ward / department manager to work on delegated projects relating to local policy development.
  • To be actively involved in the implementation of Trust policies and procedures at unit / department level, reinforcing their use.

To actively promote a healthy lifestyle for patients and staff appreciating national strategy requirements

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • RN/RN child (subpart 1 NMC register)
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration experience
  • Relevant experience in PHDU

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to practice within the scope of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff
  • Previous post registration experience

Skills and ability

Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • A willingness to participate in continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Able to understand the need for evidence-based practice.
  • An understanding of professional accountability and patient advocacy

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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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Stacey Davies
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