Senior Staff Nurse PICU/Paediatric Intensive Care

The Portland Hospital
11 Jan 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Paediatric department has been consistently growing over the past few years, almost doubling since 2008. We have 45 inpatient beds + 11 day case. Our Paediatric Intensive care unit (PICU) are equipped with the latest medical equipment as well as being led by some of the very best paediatric consultants in the world. We provide groundbreaking and innovative care and consequently consider our PICU's at The Portland Hospital to be leaders in the provision of critical care to children.

We are a spacious, modern 7 bed unit and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced respiratory and organ support all of which is medically supported by our team of Consultant Paediatricians 24/7. Our nursing ratio is 1:1 which reflects the acuity of the children who are admitted to our unit.

Job Description

As the Senior Staff Nurse PICU you will provide the highest possible care to patients, while being accountable and responsible for the nursing management of a designated area. This will include the supervision of staff and will see you working in a supervisory capacity, expected to be a role model for the team thus enhancing the patient experience, improving patient outcomes and contributing to delivering high standards of care and compassion at all times.

This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) permanent post.

Salary: £35673 to £40401per annum + 9% enhancements and flexible benefits (we will also give you £3000pa if you have completed the PICU 60 credit course).

Hours: Full time, flexible shifts on internal rotation (long days, nights, weekends)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To ensure the provision of excellent, evidence based nursing care for the children and their families.
  • Ensure that each child is assessed, and that their care is planned, implemented and evaluated in negotiation with the family, and that this is accurately documented.
  • Promote Family Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring and safe environment for the children and their families.
  • To act as an advocate for the child and family ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support services.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.
  • Ensure that discharge planning is commenced at the point of admission, liaising with the multidisciplinary team, other departments and community services as necessary.
  • To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence based nursing care. This includes completion of the Paediatric clinical skills competency orientation booklet.
  • To be competent in the administration of medication.
  • Communicate effectively, promoting open and trusting relationships.
  • To be aware of the uses, safety precautions and handling of equipment in the department.
  • Assist in the development and review of policies and standards for the safe use of equipment and any new equipment introduced to the department.

Skills & Experience

  • NMC Registered Nurse - RN Child / RSCN (Essential)
  • Assessing & Mentoring qualification (Desirable)
  • Evidence of ongoing continuing professional development within the speciality linked to demonstrable clinical competencies
  • Relevant 60 credit Paediatric Intensive Care
  • ICU course (Essential)
  • Leadership or management training
  • Basic Life Support training
  • Proven clinical post graduate nursing experience in Paediatric Intensive Unit (Essential)

About The Individual

The appointed applicant will need to be adaptable and able to meet changing working patterns and caseload, working independently as well as part of a team. They will possess a passion for delivering customer service and a desire to provide an exceptional patient experience. They will display a personable, yet professional manner at all times.