Jobs in Children's Urgent Care Pathway

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Our Children's Urgent Care Pathway is delivered over two sites (Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton), and we see over 40,000 patients a year.

It is often the first and only part of the hospitals that children and their families see.

Why join our Children's Urgent Care Pathway?

We cater for acute trauma and the initial assessment of children and young people from a variety of sources. We use the latest IT systems to track patients during their assessment and care.

Dr Okike talks about what inspires him to work in Children's Urgent Care.

Children's Emergency Department (CED)

CED is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's staffed by an extensive team including registered children's nurses, health care support workers, emergency nurse practitioners, paediatric doctors, GP trainees and advanced clinical practitioners.

Most babies, children and young people are brought directly to CED by their parents or carers, or via 999 ambulances. CED also receives referrals from GP's, midwives and walk-in centres. CED also provides a service for the Child Protection Unit.

CED has a co-located Paediatric Observation Unit (POU) which allows us to provide a longer period of observation for some babies, children and young people thus preventing admission to hospital.

CED is also part of the Paediatric Emergency Research Network (PERUKI), and is a Grid accredited training site.

Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU)

PCCU provides care to unstable or critically unwell patients. It is also referred to as High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Patients may be admitted as an emergency due to serious illness, injury, or admission may be planned after routine but complex surgery. We provide care for infants and children from birth to 18 years.

The unit has four beds and provides nursing care on a 1:2 ratio, with a family centred and holistic approach.

The care on our unit is co-ordinated and delivered by a multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists and speech and language therapists. 

The team work in conjunction with other specialists to provide all aspects of care for critically ill patients. We liaise with tertiary centres such as Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) in Leicester, if care needs to be escalated.

Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU)

PAU at Queen's Hospital Burton is open seven days a week. We provide urgent care and treatment for babies, children and young people from the age of 0 up to 16 years, (18 years if under the care of a paediatrician).

PAU is staffed with two registered children's nurses, and one health care support worker. It is supported by a Medical team consisting of paediatric doctors, speciality doctors, and GP trainees.

Babies, children and young people can be referred to PAU in various ways including by their GP, midwife, community nurse, walk-in centre or minor injury unit.

PAU provides two paediatric nurses in the Emergency Department (ED) at Queen's Hospital Burton (QHB) who will assess babies, children, and young people who self-present in ED. Following this assessment, the nurse may then refer patients to PAU. We assess, care, and treat a wide variety of different medical/surgical conditions within PAU, including stabilisation of the acutely ill baby, child, or young person.

Babies, children and young people seen in PAU can be discharged home, admitted to a ward for further observation, or transferred for more appropriate specialist care at another hospital, or in the community. When attending PAU, we allow two parents/carers present with the baby, child, young person.

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