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Paediatric ID, OPAT & IV Access Specialist Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Child Health
Band 6
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

The Paediatric infectious diseases, outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, and intravenous access service at Southampton Children’s Hospital is looking for a Specialist Nurse who is highly motivated and dynamic to join our service on a part time basis (22.5 hours per week). This will be a progressive Band 6 Specialist Nurse training post to Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist; in which set competencies, experiences and qualifications will need to be achieved to gain the Band 7. 


We are looking to recruit to our team of 3 Consultants and 3 Clinical Nurse Specialists, working across the children’s hospital and community services in the south of England, to provide specialist advice and expertise in the management and treatment of childhood infection. Our team currently offers a 7-day-a-week service, and we are looking to recruit an experienced, adaptable and enthusiastic children’s nurse with a keen interest in paediatric infection and specialist IV access to join us.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our service oversees antibiotic stewardship within the acute hospital setting, coordinates a nurse-led daily ambulatory antibiotic clinic, provides packages for home IV antibiotics and leads the paediatric IV access service across Southampton Children’s Hospital.


Band 6:

  • Managing a caseload of children receiving antibiotic therapy within the acute setting, alongside members of the paediatric OPAT service and multidisciplinary team.
  • Coordinate packages for outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy between the acute and community settings.
  • Coordinate a nurse-led daily ambulatory clinic for children discharged on IV antibiotics who require medical review and ongoing follow-up.
  • Working within the intravenous access service for Southampton Children’s Hospital.
  • The post holder will actively assist in the undertaking of clinical audits and research within the pOPAT

Band 7 (in addition to Band 6 role):

  • Provide leadership and management of the Paediatric Infectious diseases (ID), OPAT (Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy) & Intravenous (IV) Access Service.
  • Provide specialist advice, education and support to health care professionals and parents / carers of children in the acute and community settings within the field of paediatric infection.
  • Provide expertise in antibiotic stewardship, central and peripheral line insertion / care / management and infection prevention practices.


We are looking for candidates that:-

  • Have current paediatric NMC registration and have a minimum 2 years post registration experience.
  • Are educated to minimum degree level.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of childhood infection, antibiotic stewardship and infection control.
  • Technical skills related to the delivery of intravenous medication in hospital and / or in the community. 


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC register
  • Degree qualification or equivalent 120 credits at L6
  • Post registration qualification within area of speciality.
  • Completion of all Band 5 (preceptorship) competencies
  • Higher Education Institute approved course in supporting learners in practice. Provide evidence of - Supporting a range of learners in practice - Supporting colleagues to promote effective learning in practice
Desirable criteria
  • Registered on MSc Pathway – completion of HTPA Competencies
  • Counselling qualification
  • Palliative care course
  • IT training


Essential criteria
  • Extensive post registration experience within specialist area
  • Knowledge of current issues within the acute health service.
  • Understanding of personal accountability.
Desirable criteria
  • Change Management, clinical practice development.
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Interest in nurse –led care

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Confident of own knowledge base, aware of learning needs and seeks guidance when appropriate
  • Able to critically review and communicate clinical information
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Able to organise own workload.
  • IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Negotiation skills
  • Awareness of own leadership skills/style

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work across multiple sites with reasonable adjustments.
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexibility to attend evening meetings/clinics if required, by prior arrangement
Desirable criteria
  • Organisational/strategic awareness
  • Clear about professional accountability and autonomous practice components of role.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Naomi Haynes
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Paediatric ID & OPAT CNS
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