Staff Nurse - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 21, 2023
Offerd Salary:£27,055 - £32,934
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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 Qualifications 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.
  • Experience 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
  • 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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    Documents to download
  • Job description (PDF, 203.2KB)
  • Person specification (PDF, 205.8KB)
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    023 8120 8667
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