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Paediatric Senior Staff Nurse

Job Description

There are many good reasons to choose to come and work at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

1st September 2015 was a landmark date for Chelsea and Westminster and West Middlesex hospitals as we officially came together to form the enlarged Foundation Trust. This helps secure the future of both major acute hospitals and by combining into a single, unified trust there will be more scope to innovate and develop even better services for our patients.

We aim to be a hospital of choice for patients and an employer of choice for staff. In order to improve all aspects of the patient experience, we rely upon having a highly skilled, motivated, diverse, productive and patient focused workforce. Our vision is to be a first class hospital for our community and we will build a strong and sustainable foundation trust which provides high-quality, value-for-money services to meet the health needs of the local population. It' s a very exciting time to come and work for us.


Information on the Inpatient Paediatric Areas within Chelsea Children’s Hospital. Current Band 6 Vacancies on all inpatient wards Neptune Ward, General Medical.

Neptune ward is a 16 bedded General Medical ward. We care for a wide range of patients with both acute and chronic conditions which include those with respiratory, neurological, dermatological and infectious conditions. Our admissions come via a number of sources, including our busy Outpatients department, Paediatric Emergency Department, referrals from other hospitals, or step down patients from our High dependency unit.

We work very closely with other specialist centres such as Great Ormond Street. We have a number of patients who are under joint care with Royal Brompton for Respiratory and Cardiac conditions and may have under gone cardiac surgery and require further support from our services. Neptune ward is a specialist Paediatric Shared care Unit for Oncology (POSCU) We provide open access to a large number of patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Apollo, Children’s High Dependency Unit

Apollo CHDU is an 8-12 bedded unit that cares for both medical and surgical high dependent children between the ages of 0-18 years. It is one of only two ‘stand-alone’ Children’s High Dependency Units in the UK.

Children cared for on the unit have a wide range of conditions from specialities including neurology, metabolic, respiratory, cardiac, gastroenterology, endocrinology, orthopaedic and specialist surgery. We offer non-invasive ventilator support: CPAP; BIPAP; tracheostomy; Optiflow™; and we offer cardiovascular inotropic support; invasive line management. We also provide a 24 hour post-surgical invasive ventilation service on a monthly basis.

Apollo CHDU has its own dedicated Clinical Nurse Educator offering individualised development pathways depending on education and nursing interest. Currently we are working together with the Long Term Ventilation team to enable Apollo ward to take more Children who are ventilator dependent.

Mercury Ward, Gastrointestinal and Surgical

Mercury is a 20-24 bedded gastrointestinal and surgical ward taking both elective and emergency admissions, we care for children and their families from 2 days of life to 16yrs.

We specialise in gastrointestinal disorders and complex children’s surgery as well as specialities including orthopaedics, plastics and ENT. Almost all paediatric surgery in north west London is performed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the department attracts referrals from all over the UK. Our surgeons are leaders in their field and have expertise in neonatal, gastrointestinal and urological procedures including thoracic and abdominal keyhole procedures. In January 2014 Surgeons at Chelsea Children’s Hospital performed the first surgical procedure using the UK’s only da Vinci robot dedicated to babies and children. On Mercury Ward we care for both long term patients with complex needs and short term patients, we also take referrals from our Neonatal Unit, as well as other hospitals in and around London who require specialise Gastrointestinal or Surgical input.

Jupiter Ward, Adolescent Unit

Jupiter Ward is a unique adolescent unit. We care for young people aged 11–16 (including emergency and elective admissions) and are one of the few such facilities to do this. We have separate sleeping areas for boys and girls. We care for patients with medical or surgical needs but we also encompass many other sub-specialties such as mental health, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, oncology, neurology, dermatology, plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT), and craniofacial.

We have close links with the hospital school as well as local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and various other support agencies and departments within the hospital to help young people reach their full potential and transition into adult life.

Each ward has a team of specialist nurses who support the wide range of specialties and provide education and training directly to staff on the ward. We also have an Education Team who offer a variety of in house courses, development programmes as well as opportunities to complete a variety of courses at our partner universities which include Kings College London University, London South Bank University and Kingston University.

We are more than happy to show you around and introduce you to the team.

We are pleased to announce that as of 1st September 2015 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust now includes West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. This move sees the organisations become one major multi-site healthcare provider and teaching hospital, across two main sites.

In light of this exciting partnership we would like all candidates to understand that when applying for a role at any of the Chelsea and Westminster or West Middlesex sites, they are applying for a role within the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Simone Hunt, Paediatric Ward Manager, ( Email address removed )  ( Phone number removed )  ext 58005.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Please note:
The closing date given is a guide only. There may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Interview arrangements will be communicated via your NHS Jobs account following the closing date. If you decide to apply for this post but have not heard from us within 3 weeks after the closing date, we regret that this usually means that your application was not successful on this occasion

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****Employment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is offered subject to successful completion of a 6 month Probationary Period****

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