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Sister/charge nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Paediatric Sister/Charge Nurse
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 6 months
Full time - 22.5 hours per week (0.6 WTE)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 Pro Rata Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
25/10/2021 08:00

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Job overview

Job Summary 

The assessment of child and family care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care as a senior role model to junior staff.

To take charge of PACU/Outpatients in the absence of the person who has continuing responsibility.

To run nurse-led services safely and efficiently within agreed local policy.

To assist in the creation of a welcoming, caring and safe environment for children/young people and families

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical duties

To set, monitor and maintain the highest standards of nursing care for children according to their dependency.

To assess, develop, implement and evaluate individual programmes of nursing care, supervising the programmes of care given by junior staff. This should be evidence based.

To actively support and promote the involvement of parents and carers in the management evaluation of care, by working together in partnership.

To act in a consultative capacity on paediatric matters when required.

To establish and maintain effective communication with nursing, medical, paramedical and ancillary colleagues in order to provide optimum child/family care.

To establish and maintain effective communication with the parents and relatives of the children to ensure that they have every assistance and support to enable them to cope with their child’s needs.

To provide support and counseling for children, young people and their parents and nursing staff as appropriate.

To liaise internally and externally with key staff in other departments to ensure that the specific needs and care of the child in hospital are identified and met.

To act as an effective role model to junior staff and students.

To demonstrate knowledge of clinical governance.

To be competent in the use of equipment necessary for the resuscitation and stabilisation of children with life threatening illnesses and injury.

To be competent in obtaining blood specimens for analysis i.e. SBR, capillary blood analysis and acting on the results where appropriate.

To be competent in IV drugs and blood products administration.

To undertake training and provide advanced assessment skills as required: e.g pre-assessment for booked procedure like food challenge.


To work according to Patient Group Directions (PGD) in the administration of medications e.g. paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Salbutamol and Hepatitis B vaccines.

To undertake training and provide specific care as required, e.g. venipuncture, cannulation, sweat test, food challenges and chemotherapy administration.

To have an awareness of safeguarding issues and the ability to take appropriate action.



To regularly deputise for the Senior Sister as required.

Demonstrate ability to prioritise according to patients’ and service need.

To help develop and implement nurse-led services, monitoring effectiveness and providing leadership to junior staff.

To assist in the development of paediatric nursing policies, protocols and guidelines ensuring that they are implemented, followed and evaluated.

To attend unit meeting and provide appropriate input.

To be able to liaise with the Senior Sister and Matron for paediatric services of any activity in the clinical area which effects paediatric care.

To assist in monitoring and ensuring economical levels and usage of supplies on the unit are maintained.

If required, to assist in the selection, appointment and induction of new staff e.g. qualified staff, unqualified staff and candidates in training.

Identify the individual needs of the team members and provide support, guidance and counseling and assist the ward manager to effectively appraise all staff.

To encourage and motivate staff on personal and professional development at all levels.

Report accidents/incidents and complaints to the Senior Sister/ Matron, and document as per unit policy, e.g Datix.



To promote and achieve an environment conducive to learning for all staff.

To act as mentor for students and preceptor to junior staff, including completion of necessary paperwork and annual staff appraisal.

To assist in the education and practical training of all learners, utilising every opportunity for clinical teaching.

To co-operate with the education of staff to provide uniformity of teaching and promotion of professional standards.

To utilise, participate and monitor programmes of unit based teaching in conjunction with the Practice Development Nurse..

To assist in assessing and meeting the learning needs of members of the unit team.



To promote a critical and analytical approach to the delivery of child orientated care.

To initiate and participate in paediatric nursing research.

To ensure members of the unit team are aware of current research and its implications to nursing care.

To assist in introducing and applying research findings along with the other members of the unit team to enhance the efficiency of nursing practice.

Maintain an awareness of clinical and professional developments of paediatric nursing.

Attend relevant study periods as nominated providing feedback to the unit team.

This job description is a guide to the key functions of this post and is not intended to be exhaustive.         

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Must be a child Registrer Nurse

working hospital seeting

Essential criteria
  • At least two nyears post registration

safe guarding

Essential criteria
  • Aware of child protection procedure
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Haddy Faye
Job title
Senior Sister
Email address

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241