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Staff Nurse - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

Band 5

Main area
Paediatric Intensive Care
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 pa
Salary period
21/02/2023 23:59

Job overview

PICU is a 14 bedded regional lead centre providing care for critically ill children from birth up to 18 years of age.  We care for some of the most complex illnesses and injuries and work closely with specialists from all surgical and medical areas, including cardiac surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery, neurology and neonatology as well as treating major trauma patients. Southampton General Hospital is a designated major trauma centre offering full onsite major trauma provision for both children and adults.  

The unit looks after 950 to 1000 patients per year across southern and central England; it is the sixth largest PICU by numbers of admissions and has one of the best survival rates.

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

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. 

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

What we are looking for:

Applicants should have experience working in an acute Paediatric care environment.  The applicant should be motivated, enthusiastic and able to work with maturity in pressurised situations. You will be expected to provide safe care of the highest quality to all of our patients and their relatives. The flexibility to work the full range of shift patterns within a 24 hour shift pattern is essential.

What you will do:

  • Be a skilled member of the nursing team caring for critically ill patients in a highly complex environment.

  • Provide a high standard of individualised care to the patients in accordance with agreed policies and within available resources.

  • Help create an environment that is conducive with learning and development.

  • To co-operate fully in all PICU, Trust and University based developmental programmes and take responsibility for personal growth in an enthusiastic manner.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RN Child or equivalent
  • Evidence of on-going personal development.
  • Child Protection and Domestic Violence Awareness
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist qualification
  • Graduate
  • IV Therapy course/skills
  • Recognised teaching qualification.


Essential criteria
  • Post registration experience in relevant speciality
  • Ward/department management experience.
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute Health Service
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Mentorship experience
  • Awareness of responsibilities for management of infection control

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Analytical decision-making skills.
  • Team player
  • Awareness of evidence based practice
  • Commitment to professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Enthusiasm to participate fully with PICU Foundation Programme and to consolidate appropriately

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Verity Ashby
Job title
Senior Sister
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Telephone number
023 8120 8667

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