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Staff Nurse - Child Health

Band 5

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Child health
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum
11/03/2021 23:59

We’re looking for  child trained nurses to join our team at Southampton Children’s Hospital, part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We’re a major centre for specialist paediatric services across the south of England, providing acute specialist care to our local population as well as a wider geographical area that includes the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. 

Southampton Children’s Hospital is the only paediatric trauma unit outside of London and across the south of England. In addition to the teams outlined below, we also have a children’s emergency and trauma department (which you can read about in the emergency medicine advert) and neonatal services (which you can read about in the women’s and newborn advert). 

Please note that this vacancy is for experienced nurses – if you’re a newly qualified nurse you should apply through our dedicated newly qualified adult or child nurse adverts.


Southampton Children’s Hospital is part of the Wessex Network, working in collaboration with Trusts within the network to provide the best treatment for all patients including the provision of retrieval services via specialist teams. Services within the Children’s Hospital include: 

- Neurosciences – neurosurgery and neurology

- General surgery – gastroenterology, nephrology, urology, ENT

- Haemodialysis

- Orthopaedic – general, complex spinal and trauma

- General medical – respiratory, specialist sleep services

- Oncology

- Cardiac services

- Mental health services

- High dependency unit

- Paediatric intensive care unit 

In addition, there are clinical nurse specialists providing support with a number of conditions such as allergy, rheumatology, diabetes, neuro conditions and many more. 


Our teams are: 

- G2 neuro

- G3 orthopaedics

- G4 surgery, urology and nephrology (G4SUN)

- Piam Brown – oncology

- John Atwell day ward

- Paediatric medical unit (PMU)

- Paediatric high dependency unit (PHDU)

- Paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

- E1 – paediatric cardiology

- Bursledon House

- Children’s outpatients

 We are also recruiting child nurses for the children’s emergency and trauma department. Read more about all of them in the “Our teams” document attached. 


All wards within Southampton Children’s Hospital have the support of clinical facilitators to help with further education and learning as well as mentorship and supervision support. There are fantastic training and development opportunities, giving you the best possible platform to achieve the career you want. 

The Children’s Hospital provides a seven day outreach service, supporting the wards as required. Play specialists work with each ward and outpatient setting supporting children and young people through their journey within the Children’s Hospital. We have a dedicated Safeguarding Children’s team who support with the management of complex cases and a team of mental health nurses to support the management of children and young people with mental health needs.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible environment in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working where the needs of the service allow and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


Rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, UHS is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. 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.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

If you’re an applicant from outside the United Kingdom please can you email your CV to nurserecruitment@uhs.nhs.uk and one of our recruitment team will get back to you, please do not make an application for this vacancy.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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