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Band 5 Staff Nurse and Band 6 Junior Sister/Charge Nurse, PAU

Band 5 - Band 6

Main area
Band 5 - Band 6
37.5 hours per week (Full time - 37.5 hours per week)
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Department name
West Herts - General Staffing
Watford Hospital
£26,152 - £39,681 pa inc HCA
Salary period
14/04/2021 23:59

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

There are also plans for a digital transformation, new models of care and a multi-storey car park. As well as this, the trust – which won the UK Best Employer Award (Nursing Times 2019) – is applying for teaching hospital status in recognition of its wide and well-renowned role in educating doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


Job overview

We have a brand new Paediatric assessment unit (PAU) co-located with the Children’s Emergency Department. 

We are a friendly dedicated team of Paediatric Nurses and Paediatric consultants. The department is committed to continuous improvements in the service and benefits from having a Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Advance Nurse Practitioner service. 

We are currently looking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic, experienced paediatric nurse with experience in the emergency department or acute environment and a passion to provided high quality evidence based care. Our PAU provides an opportunity to care for acutely unwell or injured children that may need a period of assessment following admission through ED prior to discharge, caring for GP referrals, and referrals to the paediatric team.  You will monitor, treat and then either admit the child to the ward or discharge home. In addition you will gain experience in nursing acutely ill children in emergency situations.



Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be involved in helping to create nurse led pathways, as well as ensuring the best most effective process for a smooth running PAU area by working closely alongside the team within the Children’s Emergency Department. 

The candidate may be asked to cross cover in the Children’s Emergency Department or other Paediatric area in busy times or if staff are required to be redeployed.  This will provide experience that will help with development.   

We also have a robust team of Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioners and are developing a Paediatric Advanced Nurse Practitioners service.  We take pride in the fact that they all have been developed internally by sending on appropriate modules. 

Working for our organisation

Paediatrics achieved an overall ‘Good’ rating in our 2017 CQC inspection, providing outstanding pathways of care, and innovations within the Children’s Emergency Department. Our most recent inspection in 2020 under Emergency Care we also received a ‘Good’ rating showing we work as part of an exciting and dynamic multidisciplinary team which includes Paediatricians, Emergency clinicians, Emergency Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Nurse Practitioners. 

We are dedicated to supporting the development of our paediatric nurses within our service and offer continuing professional development including Trauma Team Member, Burns care, PILS/APLS, Venepuncture and cannulation and Band 6 development course with the possibility of progressing into ENP training.  New starters have a supernumerary period on commencing the post and will be allocated a mentor alongside the practice educator to support you in the new exciting venture.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please indicate in the supporting information of your application which position you wish to apply for.

To work as a skilled member of the nursing team, to provide a high standard of holistic family
centred care to the children and their families. To act as a role model and expert clinical
practitioner. To support the senior sister in managing the clinical area, including management of
staff, acting as team leader, including addressing staff developmental needs through IPR. To
undertake delegated responsibility for the department in the absence of the Ward / Unit Manager
The post holder could be required to work on any site where HPT provide acute services for
children, according to the needs of the service. 

Person specification

Your application will be shortlisted against the person specification

Essential criteria
  • Please see attached job description
Committed to being an Inclusive EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employer

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jennifer Mitchell
Job title
Senior Sister Children’s Emergency Department
Email address
Telephone number
01923 217564
Additional information


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