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Newly qualified nurses

Job Reference: 188-NQNCHILD2018-E

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Across child health
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£23,023 - £29,608 pa

Looking to kick-start your paediatric nursing career in a large, acute children’s hospital? We’re looking for newly qualified nurses to join the teams across our dedicated Southampton Children’s Hospital, part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

If you’re looking for a challenge in your first post; want a varied and exciting work environment; and share our values of putting patients first, always improving and working together, then we’d love you to come and join us.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is a major trauma centre situated on the south coast of England, whereaward-winning care,UK firsts, andgroundbreaking clinical trialsare all in a day’s work. Our patients are at the forefront of everything we do, and we believe that our nursing workforce is vital to ensuring that this is the case.

We have a dedicated children’s hospital, hosting a range of specialist paediatric services, meaning that your nursing career can be as varied and diverse as you like. Offering care to patients from across the region, and as a tertiary referral centre for many of our specialist services, our teams are involved in the entire patient journey. This means that you have huge variety in the people you work with, the patients you see, and the career pathways on offer to you.

Having recently undertaken an ambitious£5.1m projectto build our very own state-of-the-art children’s emergency and trauma department, Southampton Children’s Hospital is a rapidly-advancing area to work, at the forefront of paediatric healthcare.

What we offer

We want to give all newly qualified nurses the strongest start to their careers, which is why we offer a comprehensive two-week induction and a unique paediatric preceptorship programme with ourWessex partners in the PIER Networkthat will equip you with all the skills you need to be an excellent children’s nurse.

Working collaboratively as part of a bigger team, you’ll get all the support you need to do an amazing job as you explore where your future could take you. There are plenty of opportunities to grow your career and take the lead as you progress, and we’re committed to supporting all our staff in achieving their personal and professional ambitions.

We think working here is pretty great, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s whatone of our newly qualified nursessaid about working at UHS:

“I feel incredibly proud to be part of such a forward-thinking, innovative trust, and I hope to see many more people joining to share the same positive experience that I’ve had!”

Ellie Fowler, newly qualified nurse, child health

Our Trust

We’ve worked hard as a Trust to improve the efficiency of our services. We are one of England's largest acute teaching trusts and have recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend our hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Southampton was recently ranked as thethird best place to live and work in the UK by PwC. Situated on the south coast, with an international airport, meaning you are only a short flight away from Paris, Madrid, or Milan, and only an hour on the train from central London. The picturesque New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic Coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those of London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and as many as 13 expansive parks and green spaces to enjoy.

At UHS, we’re guided by our values of putting patients first, always improving and working together. So if you’re passionate about patient care, dedicated to making progressive improvements, and a great collaborator, we’d love you to join us.

Application information

Please provide both an academic and clinical reference.

Please note that this advert is specifically for newly qualified paediatric nurses. Adult nurses or dual field nurses will need to apply through thespecific adult advert: 188-NQNAdult2018-E

We welcome applications from nursing students within 18 months of qualifying.

For further details / informal visits contact:

HR recruitment team
023 8120 6525

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.


Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.


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