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Band 6

Main area
E1 Ocean Ward
Band 6
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£ 28,050 - £ 36,644 pa
27/02/2019 23:59

We are looking for a band 6 sister to join our specialist Cardiac Ocean Ward (E1) at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

If you’re an excellent team leader with experience of leading teams and supporting change and committed to helping us to shape the future of children’s Cardiac services, we’d love to hear from you!

You will join our friendly, supportive nursing team in one of only a handful of specialist regional centres of paediatric cardiology. We are part of the Oxford Southampton paediatric cardiac network and work closely with Oxford Children’s Hospital to provide cardiac services, carrying out surgical and interventional procedures at Southampton.

E1 Ocean ward is a 20-bedded ward with four high dependency beds. We care for babies, children, and young people up to the age of 18 with heart or lung problems. Our referrals come from a wide geographical area, which includes 23 district hospitals from as far north as Northamptonshire and as far south as Cornwall and the Channel Islands. We care for children undergoing cardiac surgery and those requiring complex medical care for their heart condition. We have a 4-bed High Dependency Unit caring for neonates, children and teenagers requiring a high level of care or support e.g. inotropes, non-invasive ventilation e.g. CPAP, and external pacing.   We continue to develop and explore the service.

What you’ll do in this role

Working with the Ward Manager you’ll be responsible for:

  • Supervising the professional work of nursing staff on the ward
  • Encouraging effective working relationships
  • Providing good leadership and support to staff on the ward
  • Participating in supporting the ward manager in their absence ensuring all leave of absence is recorded correctly

What we’re looking for

We’d love to hear from children’s nurses with experience of working in a leadership capacity, who can evidence ongoing education and qualifications appropriate to this speciality. You must be able to demonstrate a compassionate approach to patient care and the public, as well as the ability to meet robust clinical operational demands.

As well as the relevant NMC registration and evidence of proven clinical ability in paediatric nursing, we’re looking for:

  • Evidence of on-going personal development
  • Proven management experience
  • Good planning and organisation skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be supportive and motivate a team to provide safe care of the highest quality to all of our patients and their relatives.

The Children’s Hospital offers fantastic training and development opportunities, giving you the best possible platform to achieve the career you want. 

Applicants’ should have post qualifying experience in a relevant specialty which includes working in an acute paediatric environment.  The applicant will be expected to show good co-ordination and leadership skills participating in ward rounds attending HUDDLE’s and supporting staff. The flexibility to work the full range of shift patterns within a 24 hour shift pattern is essential.

We can offer you further training in many specialist areas, as well as mentoring and supervision. All our members of staff receive comprehensive corporate and local inductions, and we will work with you to help you achieve and maintain the healthcare career you aspire to.

About Southampton Children’s Hospital

Southampton Children’s Hospital is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and is one of the biggest Children’s hospitals in the UK, catering for a wide range of specialties. We are a leading paediatric trauma centre and accept referrals from across the Wessex network and beyond. 

We are currently in the process of building our own dedicated paediatric emergency department, as well as a dedicated children’s hospital, bringing all our services under one roof. This development will provide state of the art equipment and deliver world-class healthcare to the children in our region. We currently have over 100 beds catering for the paediatric healthcare needs of our patients over a wide geographical area.

About our Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We’ve worked hard as a Trust to improve the efficiency of our services and as a result, we are currently in financial surplus.

We’ve recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we ranked:

  • seventh in the country for staff engagement
  • fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care

About Southampton

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.

Want to find out more?

You can find more details about the role in the attached person specification and job description.

If you are interested in applying for this role but have some questions, we would encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert, or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

If you’re ready to apply, please use the link below to complete an application.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date for applications will be Tuesday 12 February.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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