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Band 5 - Staff Nurse, Children's Emergency Department, CED

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
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 - £32,146 pa inc HCA
Salary period
22/04/2021 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

Would you like to join our dynamic team of Paediatric Nurses in our 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.  The Children’s Emergency Department provides nursing care and support to children and young people aged 0-15 years in a purpose built environment. It is co-located to A&E and has its own designated 2 bedded resuscitation area within the unit & is part of the London Major Trauma Network. We have also added a brand new Paediatric Assessment Unit which is co-located to CED to provide care for patients referred by the GP and short stay admissions.

Main duties of the job

We are currently looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic band 5 paediatric nurse with experience and a passion for emergency or acute paediatric care. The post holder should be a registered children’s nurse, have excellent communication skills and be keen to promote clinical excellence within our team.

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 progression to Band 6. New starters have a supernumerary period on commencing the post and will be allocated a mentor alongside the practice educator to support you.  The trust also has a well-established preceptorship programme which you will be part of which will also see you qualify as a student Supervisor by the end of your first year with us. 

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. 

*Please note that this vacancy is for registered paediatric nurses only*

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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 scored against the person specification

Essential criteria
  • Please see attached Job Description
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Swann
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01923 217564
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