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Paediatric Staff Nurse

Band 5

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Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5)
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Croydon University Hospital
£31,163 - £37,875 pa inc HCAS
Salary period
06/10/2022 23:59

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Job overview

                                        PAEDIATRIC STAFF NURSE

                                                             Band 5


Do you want to be part of our growing team at an exciting time? We have vacancies available for Newly Qualified or qualified children’s nurses band 5 and 6 to join our fantastic Children's ED or Children’s Rainbow Unit.

Come along to our Open Day on Saturday 8th October 2022 to find out about the opportunities available to you to start your career. Our Open Day will be held in the Oasis Café in Croydon University Hospital from 10.30-4pm.

Children’s ED

Children’s ED is a busy department who currently see about 30,000 children per year in a purpose built paediatric area within the Emergency Department, with a separate stream for children attending with urgent care complaints. 

Rainbow Children’s Unit

You will work across our brand new unit, which opened in May 2022. We have created a purpose built, state of the art unit for children's services. Our patients and staff alike have designed it. This new unit includes a High Dependency Unit, The Inpatient Ward, Short Stay Unit, Day Care, Ambulatory and Oncology. 

Both departments run regular teaching and simulation sessions, team forums and meetings. We offer bespoke paediatric study days and bite size teaching. We have an 18- month preceptorship programme for all our newly qualified nurses. 


Main duties of the job

Are you a newly qualified children’s nurse or an experienced band 5 children’s nurse?

If you are enthusiastic and motivated about delivering the highest quality nursing care to children and young people, then come and work at Croydon and become a valued member of our team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 5 children’s nurses to join our friendly team in Croydon to work in a variety of paediatric areas ahead of the opening of our brand new Paediatric Integrated Unit (PIU).

In Early 2022, we will have created a purpose built, state of the art unit for children's services. It has been designed by our patients and staff alike. This new unit includes a High Dependency Unit, The Inpatient Ward, Short Stay Unit, Day Care, Ambulatory and Oncology. There is never a better time to join Team Croydon and be a big part of our journey together!

You will have the opportunity to learn and develop as a nurse in many different areas!


Working for our organisation

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. 

These include:
• Croydon University Hospital
• Purley Hospital
• The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath
• Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside
• A minor injuries unit in New Addington

The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our Vision:

“Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”

Our 5 key ‘Here for you’ promises to the people of Croydon are:

• You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff
• You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff
• You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians
• You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to home
• You feel it’s getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services 

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of "Listening into Action" as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to “Listening into Action” is new and different. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role via Job Description

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RSCN – RN Child
  • Commitment to continued personal professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Additional study at level 2/3
  • Mentorship course or equivalent

Knowledge And Understanding

Essential criteria
  • Able to discuss current clinical nursing developments in general paediatrics and Child Protection
  • Awareness of child protection issues and pathways
  • Knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Awareness of health and safety issues relating to children
Desirable criteria
  • Able to discuss research based practice, Childrens NSF Knowledge of Clinical Supervision


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates an in depth knowledge of the advocacy role for the child and his/her family
  • Evidence of self- development within speciality
  • Evidence of working cooperatively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to make decisions, organise and prioritise
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality


Essential criteria
  • Proven clinical experience in relevant area
  • Experience with acutely ill children
  • Ability to utilise pre- registration experience to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant settings.
Desirable criteria
  • Other paediatric experience.
  • General Management Skills


Essential criteria
  • Flexible / adaptable
  • Maintain professional image/ attitude
  • Positive, friendly and approachable whilst professional
  • Able to use initiative

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDCapital Nurse, LondonListening into Action (LiA)No smoking policyLondon Living Wage is a voluntary commitment made by employers, who can become accredited with the Living Wage FoundationPositive about disabled peopleImproving working livesAge positiveDisability 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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Sophie Sorrell
Job title
Practice Educator
Email address