Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust
Main areaAcute Children’s Community Outreach SisterGradeBand 6ContractPermanentHoursPart TimeJob ref379-CCSOCT003-19
EmployerBrighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS TrustEmployer typeNHSSiteRoyal Alexandra Children’s HospitalTownBrightonSalary£30,401 – £37,267 per annum pro rataClosing22\/10\/:59Interview date31\/10\/2019
About our Trust
Our Trust is rated as ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the CQC – fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.
We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work\/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best – and find support if they need it.
Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.
In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme and are an ERS Silver accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.
For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We’re careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.
About this vacancy
This position is a Part Time 24 hours per week role, but permanent
We are seeking part-time, band 6, Acute Children’s Outreach Sisters to join our Acute Children’s Outreach Nurse Service (ACORNS). This successful service started in August 2017 in response to increasing admissions of acutely unwell children who could be managed safely in their own homes with the correct support and on-going assessment. Our midterm targets have already been exceeded and the team continues to develop. Our team links very closely with the Children’s Emergency Department to facilitate acute assessment contact and visits shortly after a child leaves the CED.
The team consists of a Consultant Paediatrician, a Senior Nurse\/Team Leader, dedicated Band 6 nursing team and an administrator based in the Children’s Emergency Dept (CED) at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton. ACORNS has been established and funded by the Brighton and Hove CCG to assist with looking after children who have presented, been seen and treated in the Children’s Emergency Department for an acutely unwell episode of care. The children will have been discharged from CED and need further nursing assessment and support at home. The ACORNS nurses will take their acute skills and expertise into the child and family’s home, and support and empower the family to care for the child in their own home shortly after leaving CED, which will be beneficial for the emotional wellbeing and quality of life for children and their families. Some of the support will be telephone based at the Children’s Hospital.
The ACORNS deliver and provides clinically safe, effective and efficient care that is consistent with NHS clinical standards, national and local policy, and applicable service guidelines and we are in the process of developing the service further to avoid unnecessary admissions and support them in their own home.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, caring children’s nurses experienced in emergency\/acute skills whoare able to work alone and make sound clinical decisions. One fixed term post is to cover for maternity leave.
Supporting the family whilst they care for their acutely ill child at home is central to the service as is the clinical expertise to recognise if the child requires urgent or emergency reassessment at the Emergency department. This is now your opportunity to work with the team leader and continue to develop the ACORNS. You will communicate and work closely with the CED staff and maintain your acute nursing skills and you will be provided with development opportunities to support you in the role. Support is available from the team leader, practice development nurse and senior nursing team who will assist in further developing your skills within this unique role.
The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital is located on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site in Brighton. The hospital opened a specialist Children’s Emergency Department based in the children’s hospital in Jan 2012 The Children’s Emergency Department offers 24 hours emergency care and currently sees approximately 25,000 children and young people a year with ever increasing numbers of children attending and an expanding service.
There is an experienced and well established paediatric nursing team, Emergency Nurse Practitioner service, full facilities for resuscitation, minor\/majors treatments and six bedded observation unit. Given the focus of this post, it is essential that you are a registered children’s nurse, and have a recognised qualification in children’s nursing, including paediatric physical assessment, or equivalent experience, and an APLS\/PILS provider. Recent substantial experience in acute or critical care is also essential. You will also require highly effective communication skills with families with families in their own homes and some community nursing experience is desirable.
We are proud to be able to offer a variety of flexible working options and contracts. For further information please refer to the Flexible Working for Registered Nurses document which is attached to this advert.
General information for applicants
Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.
As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.
We may also use our substantive adverts to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH specification for that role you may be offered a bank post. Please note our Bank hourly rates are outlined on a separate payscale.
Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU\/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the gov.uk website searching for Tier 2.
Please apply as early as you’re able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our ‘Current Vacancies’ and apply for the next suitable position..
Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.
For further more information, or help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on \/448616 or by email:
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