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Sister / Charge Nurse Band 6

Main area

Paediatric Intensive Care


Band 6




  • Full time
  • Part time
  • 37.5 hours per week

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    Southampton General Hospital




    £33,706 - £40,588 pa or pa pro rata

    Salary period



    02/02/2023 23:59

    Interview date

    Job overview

    Southampton PICU is excited to be recruiting into sister/charge nurse roles. Although we are looking to recruit into these posts permanently, we will also be happy to discuss the possibility of secondment opportunities and would request that you get in touch to discuss this request further.

    If you are a highly motivated, dedicated registered nurse with experience of supporting a team on a paediatric intensive care unit and are committed to helping us to shape the future of a world class Intensive Care Unit, we'd love to hear from you!

    We are looking for someone who has good leadership skills, to support and motivate staff across the unit ensuring safe and effective care to all our patients.

    The flexibility to work the full range of shift patterns within a 24 hour shift pattern is essential.

    For more information about PICU please keep reading

    Main duties of the job

    Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

    For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

    Working for our organisation What we can offer you

    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 800 patients per year across southern and central England; it is the eighth largest PICU by numbers of admissions and has one of the best standard mortality rates.

    Children are referred to us from hospitals across the Wessex and Thames Valley region. PICU provides a unit based 24-hour retrieval service, known as the Southampton and Oxford Retrieval Team (SORT) covering the Thames Valley and Wessex regions in collaboration with Oxford PICU.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do
  • Have experience working in a Paediatric Intensive Care environment
  • Completed the PICU course.
  • Be motivated, enthusiastic and able to work with maturity in pressurised situations.
  • Evidence of ongoing continuous development
  • What we're looking for
  • Show sound leadership skills,
  • Participate in ward rounds and attend huddles.
  • Support and motivate a team to provide safe care of the highest quality to all of our patients and their relatives.
  • Work flexibly to work the full range of shift patterns within a 24 hour shift pattern.
  • Additional information

    PICU offers fantastic development opportunities, including education, research, training, involvement with quality improvement projects, collaborating with leading paediatric teams, becoming a member of the retrieval team and specialist training for providing highly skilled services such as ECMO. PICU has a dedicated Lecturer Practitioner and Clinical Facilitator team to support staff development through opportunities to gain speciality skills, including a thorough induction, foundation programme and the PICU course.

    PICU has recently had some extensive improvement work, creating a vibrant and child friendly environment whilst at the same time increasing our cubicle capacity. If you would like to arrange an informal visit, please use the details provided to get in touch as we would love to show you around.

    Southampton Children's Hospital is a 115 bedded hospital offering paediatric services for Children in the Wessex Region and Channel Islands. As a regional Children's Hospital, we want to support you in your career, and you will have full access to clinical facilitators on each ward as well as a dedicated education team to help expand your knowledge working in our unit.

    Interviews will be held on Monday, 13 February 2023

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

    Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Relevant post-registration critical care course.
  • Registered nurse on appropriate part of the register - RSCN/RN (child).
  • First degree or working towards
  • Desirable criteria
  • Management course.
  • Appropriate teaching qualification
  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course/European
  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support course.
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience in a comparable critical care environment.
  • Teaching experience
  • Aware of current NHS and professional issues.
  • Potential to network and develop relationships within & across professions.
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Potential to develop leadership skills and manage unit on a shift basis
  • Effective role modelling skills
  • Mentorship skills.
  • Willingness to participate in effective change initiatives
  • Effective communication / presentation skills.
  • Adaptable in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to work independently and within timescales.
  • Ability to participate in managing the professional development of a nursing team.
  • Recent evidence of practice development projects.
  • Verbally articulate. Enthusiastic / dynamic.
  • Recognises and manages stress in self/others.
  • Insight into the demands of the role.
  • Approachable and supportive attitude.
  • Loyal, calm, assertive, mature, reliable, diplomatic and demonstrates integrity
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of developing nursing practice
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Flexibility in working to cover full range of shift patterns
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges 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
  • Job Description (PDF, 243.6KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 198.3KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Andrea Robson

    Job title

    Interim Matron PICU

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    023 8120 6613
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