Paediatric Staff Nurse - PDAU/Childrens Outpatients
NHS AfC: Band 5
North Middlesex University Hospital is one of London’s busiest acute hospitals, serving more than 350,000 people living in Enfield and Haringey and the surrounding areas, including Barnet and Waltham Forest.
Every day, on average, we see 500 patients in A&E; 15 babies are born in our maternity unit; about 450 inpatients are cared for on our wards; about 50 patients have major or minor surgery in one of our 10 operating theatres; and about 800 people attend our outpatients clinics.
We provide a full range of adult, elderly and children's services across medical and surgical disciplines. Our specialist services include stroke, HIV/AIDS, cardiology (including heart failure care), haematology, diabetes, sleep studies, fertility and orthopaedics. Our sickle cell and thalassaemia department is nationally recognised as a leading centre for these diseases.
At North Middlesex University Hospital, you’ll find a team that truly believes in living our values in everything we do. We are caring, we are fair and we are open.
Are you a student nurse about to qualify or a paediatric nurse with a passion for delivering excellent care? Do you have a desire to gain knowledge and competence within forward thinking and dynamic paediatric hospital services?
We are absolutely committed to delivering better and improved pathways of care for our children and young people at North Middlesex and thus have recently hugely invested in children’s services. We have a brand new state of the art, purpose built A&E and a recently opened co-located new Paediatric Assessment unit. We are currently refurbishing our children’s ward, which will have state of the art High Dependency Facilities and a purpose built adolescent/Child & Adolescent Mental Health area, which we are aiming to open in November 2021.
We have opportunities for Staff Nurses to join our dynamic and rapidly developing paediatric team at the North Middlesex University Hospital.
We are looking for outstanding individuals who embody our Trust Values of being caring, fair and open, to join our exceptional paediatric assessment unit team. If you are have excellent communication skills and the ability to use your initiative and are keen to work and collaborate to deliver high quality and responsive paediatric nursing care within a very diverse and busy paediatric service, we welcome you to apply.
Please note previous applicants need not apply.
Main duties of the job
To provide the highest standard of individualised and holistic patient care in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team. To supervise and teach junior members of staff and learners as required and maintain own personal development with support. To provide high quality nursing care to patients and their families, across linked clinical areas if and when necessary, in accordance with agreed policies.
Working for our organisation
Our Paediatric Day Assessment Unit is a nurse led unit that caters for short admission medical cases for procedures such as blood transfusion, apheresis and chemotherapy ensuring the delivery of high-quality day care.
Our paediatric team has 14 subspecialties providing acute care across a range of clinical specialties including but not limited to: oncology, haematology, respiratory, urology, ophthalmology, endocrine and day surgery. These services are supported by clinical nurse specialists. We are a tertiary centre for paediatric sickle cell, and we are a level 1 POSCU.
The population we serve is younger than the London average and growing fast. There are stark inequalities between the west & south of our boroughs and one in 5 or our children live in poverty. As a hub in our community we are in a unique position to work collaboratively with our local community & population enabling the most effective care for our children & young people, ensuring that the right children are seen in the right place at the right time. We also aim to bring social and positive impact for our community.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
1.1. Professional / Clinical responsibilities
1.2. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient care and make changes as necessary.
1.3. Identifies deteriorating patients and takes appropriate action.
1.4. Ensures documentation is accurate and up to date, utilising the electronic health record.
1.5. Demonstrates an enquiring approach to patient care.
1.6. Develop skills in accordance with the expanded role relevant to the post holder’s clinical area such as cannulation and phlebotomy and patient health promotion/education.
1.7. Educates patients and relatives about how to adopt healthy lifestyles, and look after their own health and wellbeing.
1.8. Identifies and helps patients, relatives and staff to reduce any risks associated with health and wellbeing.
1.9. Ensures patients’ views are taken into account in the decision making process.
1.10. Participates in collaborative decision making within the inter-disciplinary team.
1.11. Participates in meeting the health education and promotes the needs of patients and carers.
1.12. Communication is a fundamental process to ensure continuity and high standards of care. It includes sharing ideas, information and feedback in order to empower patients and members of the interdisciplinary team.
1.13. Skilled in communicating with a range of people on a daily basis some of who may have communication barriers.
1.14. A key responsibility will be to utilise a variety of strategies to communicate effectively with patients and those involved in their care.
1.15. The post holder must also communicate with other staff within the Trust, with external organisations and with the general public.
1.16. Keeps accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
1.17. The post holder must at all times work in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct (2015).
2. Management and Leadership
2.1. Co-ordinates the activities of the unit on a day to day basis.
2.2. To support members of the ward team to ensure that all patients receive appropriate care.
2.3. To ensure that treatments prescribed by the medical staff are carried out, and that multidisciplinary team members are informed of changes in the patient’s condition.
2.4. To ensure quality care is given, by being familiar with agreed ward and Trust standards of care and to inform senior nursing staff, if the required standard couldn’t be reached.
2.5. To assist in ensuring that allocated resources are managed effectively and efficiently. This includes effective utilisation of time and equipment.
2.6. Participates in team meetings so fair and equal opportunities are given to share knowledge and ideas with colleagues.
2.7. Develops knowledge, understanding and application of their personal leadership skills.
2.8. Provides feedback to other workers on their communication at appropriate times.
2.9. To be responsible for disseminating Trust policies and information as required.
2.10. Take account of own behaviour and its effect on others.
2.11. To assist in ensuring the safety of the ward, actively participating in clinical audit, clinical risk and quality issues, including reporting of critical incidents.
3.1. Uses and maintains resources efficiently and effectively and encourages others to do so.
4. Information management
4.1. Demonstrates an understanding of research and development and how this influences nursing practice.
4.2. Input patient data in the correct form and manner whether this be primary or secondary information onto the supporting computer system.
4.3. Analyze and report information provided through appropriate clinical equipment and act upon this gathered information (e.g. blood pressure monitoring).
4.4. Maintain the integrity of information using agreed methods and procedures.
4.5. Reports the data/ information clearly in the required format and at the time agreed.
4.6. The post holder is expected to develop their IT skills to a satisfactory standard suitable with the Staff Nurse role.
5.Education & Professional Development
5.1. Develops an awareness of clinical supervision/action learning.
5.2. Improves clinical practice through reflection with self or others.
5.3. With the support of sister/charge nurse through the Trust’s appraisal process and development of personal development plan identifies their educational and professional needs.
5.4. Influence the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice.
5.5. Demonstrate a professional approach to work, and act in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct at all times.
5.6. To actively assist in the education and practical training of learners and junior staff at every opportunity.
5.7. To have knowledge of and adhere to ward and Trust policy and professional standards. To assist in ensuring that team members do likewise.
5.8. To maintain confidentiality surrounding the child’s admission and treatment at all times.
5.9. To ensure documentation is complete and up to date, in line with NMC and Trust guidelines.
5.10. To work in co-operation with both Middlesex and City University in order to provide uniformity and promotion of professional standards.
5.11. To participate in informal bedside teaching.
5.12. To supervise and orientate learners and new staff, when requested.
Education & Qualifications
- RSCN/RN Child Branch (NMC register)
- Evidence of degree or working towards
- Assessing and mentoring qualification
Skills & Abilities
- Ability to plan care for a group of patients
- Good written and verbal skills
- Ability to work within a team
- Committed to family centred care
- Experience of having worked with acute/chronically ill children
- Broad experience of clinical paediatric nursing practice within a hospital environment
- Ability to take charge
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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Debbie Dawes
- Job title
- Ward Manager - PDAU
- Email address
- Telephone number