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Paediatric/Children Staff Nurse
Job Description

Internationally renowned for clinical excellence, The Portland Hospital is the only independent hospital in London and the UK entirely dedicated to women and children. Our inpatient and outpatient specialties reflect this providing clinical expertise in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Women`s Health.

The Paediatric department has been consistently growing over the past few years, almost doubling since 2008. We have 45 inpatient beds + 11 day case and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced medical and surgical care, including a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which reflects the acuity of the children who are admitted to our hospital. The ratios for care on the wards are 4:1 Patients:Nurses during the day and 3:1 overnight unless patients require 1:1 care.


Job Description

  • The post holder, once initially trained as required, will be responsible and accountable for the assessment of required care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of holistic care for children on the post surgical and general medical ward
  • To communicate effectively at all levels within the multi-disciplinary team
  • To promote a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research, evidence based practice and the developmental of additional clinical skills in the speciality
  • To assist in the safe, effective and efficient management of the department with allocated resources

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To ensure that each child is assessed and that their care is planned, implemented and evaluated in negotiation with the patient's family, and that this is accurately documented
  • Provide care with a developing clinical understanding of the therapies and drugs used within paediatrics and be competent in their administration
  • Understands the correct use and assembly of required equipment, understand safety precautions and ensure appropriate cleaning of equipment
  • To be competent in the administration of medication, including intravenous routes
  • Maintaining and monitoring levels of stock to ensure there are adequate levels of supplies
  • To ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed
  • To develop defined skills in communicating complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events and seeking advice or guidance where necessary
  • To develop open and trusting relationships with other members of the multidisciplinary team, other departments and community services as necessary

Skills & Experience

  • Experience working as a Children's Nurse
  • NMC Registered with a valid RN1/RNA and/or RN8/RNC (or equivalent)
  • Basic/Intermediate Paediatric Life Support
  • Understanding of Safeguarding issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Competent with computers and able to use clinical systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent clinical governance and experience with audits
  • Ability to work within a team and independently

About The Individual

  • Caring but assertive
  • Ability to lead and use one's own initiative
  • Flexible
  • Able to work to pressure
  • Punctual with good time management
  • Reliable
  • To have an awareness and understanding of cross cultural needs