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Senior Staff Nurse - PICU




Facility:The Portland Hospital

Category:Nursing & Midwifery

Closing Date:28/02/2019

About the facility

HCA Healthcare UK – World’s largest private acute and complex care hospital group and winners of 'The Best Private Healthcare provider 2016' and 'Best International Cancer Services' provider 2016

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.  The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is a new addition to our clinical service portfolio and has been operational since November 2011.  We are a spacious, modern 7 bed unit and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced respiratory and organ support all of which is medically supported by our team of Consultant Paediatricians 24/7.  Our nursing ratio is 1:1 which reflects the acuity of the children who are admitted to our unit.

The culture at The Portland Hospital is to provide support, an inspiring environment and positive ways of working to ensure everyone has a better day.  This is accomplished through our core set of ‘Positively Portland’ values that all employees will work to:

Greetings, Respect, Teamwork, Initiative, Responsibility and Acknowledgement

Job Description

As the Senior Staff Nurse PICU you will provide the highest possible care to patients, while being accountable and responsible for the nursing management of a designated area. This will include the supervision of staff and will see you working in a supervisory capacity, expected to be a role model for the team thus enhancing the patient experience, improving patient outcomes and contributing to delivering high standards of care and compassion at all times.  

This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) permanent post.

The projected salary range is:  £35673 to £40401per annum + 9% enhancements, pension scheme, 33 days annual leave and more attractive benefits

Hours: Full time, flexible shifts on internal rotation (long days, nights, weekends) 

Benefits: We'll look after you with our contribution pension scheme, the use of all HCA facilities for acute medical conditions, annual salary review, 25 days holiday each year and access to a fantastic flexible benefits scheme. We can also offer you a relocation packages if you are living outside of London or the UK. You can expect to be working in an environment that promotes the development of your skills and knowledge.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To ensure the provision of excellent, evidence based nursing care for the children and their families.

  • Ensure that each child is assessed, and that their care is planned, implemented and evaluated in negotiation with the family, and that this is accurately documented.

  • Promote Family Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring and safe environment for the children and their families.

  • To act as an advocate for the child and family ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support services.

  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.

  • Ensure that discharge planning is commenced at the point of admission, liaising with the multidisciplinary team, other departments and community services as necessary.

  • To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence based nursing care. This includes completion of the Paediatric clinical skills competency orientation booklet.

  • To be competent in the administration of medication.

  • Communicate effectively, promoting open and trusting relationships.

  • To be aware of the uses, safety precautions and handling of equipment in the department.

  • Assist in the development and review of policies and standards for the safe use of equipment and any new equipment introduced to the department.

Skills and Experience

  • NMC Registered Nurse - RN Child / RSCN (Essential)

  • Assessing & Mentoring qualification (Desirable)

  • Evidence of ongoing continuing professional development within the speciality linked to demonstrable clinical competencies

  • Relevant 60 credit Paediatric Intensive Care

  • ICU course (Essential)

  • Leadership or management training

  • Basic Life Support training


  • Proven clinical post graduate nursing experience in Paediatric Intensive Unit (Essential)

About the Individual

The appointed applicant will need to be adaptable and able to meet changing working patterns and caseload, working independently as well as part of a team. They will possess a passion for delivering customer service and a desire to provide an exceptional patient experience. They will display a personable, yet professional manner at all times.  

As part of this the department, you will have the opportunity to develop your career while working within a dynamic and professional team, and you will also have access to all of HCA Healthcare UK’s fantastic benefits.