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Staff nurse - paediatric cardiac

Band 5

Main area
Ward E1 Paediatric Cardiac
Band 5
Full Time / Part Time
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£ 23,023 - £ 29,608 pa pro rata
27/02/2019 23:59

We’re looking for a motivated and dedicated registered nurse to join our regional paediatric cardiac service, Ocean ward, part of Southampton Children’s Hospital. A child nursing degree and experience of cardiac nursing would be an advantage, but we’re also interested in hearing from registered nurses without either, who have paediatric experience.

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.

Education opportunities and support from our ward-based cardiac nurse facilitator and access to a variety of courses including: Student Mentor Course, EPLS, Neonatal Nursing Course and Congenital Cardiac Course as well as National Conferences and Study Days.

A child nursing degree and experience of cardiac nursing would be an advantage, but we’re also interested in hearing from registered adult nurses with experience in paediatrics, intensive care or cardiology that are looking to develop their paediatric skills.

In this role, you will:

  • provide a high standard of specialist individualised nursing care
  • communicate effectively with a multi disciplinary team at UHS and members of the Children’s heart Surgery Network to ensure treatments are carried out within agreed policies
  • maintain accurate records of observation, treatment and patient/family care
  • caring for High dependent cardiac surgical patients from neonates to teenagers

Along with the relevant qualifications, we are looking for you to demonstrate:

  • evidence of on-going professional development
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • awareness of evidence based practice
  • mentorship experience

What we can offer you:

  • A supportive and specialised team of cardiac doctors, nurse practitioners and nurse specialists to support your knowledge and personal nursing development in cardiac care.
  • A chance to work closely with our outstanding PICU and NICU teams with rotational opportunities available.
  • A chance to learn high-dependency cardiac nursing observation skills and clinical nursing skills e.g. ECG interpretation, pacing wire removal, chest drain management and removal.
  • Training in how to set up community support packages for complex needs patients.
  • Opportunity to learn inter-hospital transfer skills across the South and South West including air transfers to the Channel Islands.
  • Support and opportunities to develop your leadership skills to become a band 5 co-ordinator and access to trust-based leadership master classes. Career development opportunities available within the speciality including; sister/charge nurse posts, nurse specialist and nurse practitioner posts.

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.

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 Wednesday 13 February.


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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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