Staff Nurse - Band 5 - Neonatal

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023
Job summary

The Neonatal Unit at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is a Level 1 Unit with 12 cots. We provide short term intensive care, high dependency care and special care for sick and preterm infants from 30 weeks gestation (multiples from 32 weeks). We have facilities to stabilise babies if born before 30 weeks, prior to their transfer to a tertiary unit for ongoing care. We have 1 ITC cot, 3 HD, 8 SC as well as Neonatal Transitional Care and a Neonatal Community Service. Around 500 babies are admitted to our unit every year.

We are dedicated to delivering excellent family integrated care, have recently been awarded the GOLD Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation, and are now working towards Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) stage 1 accreditation.

We are a small, supportive and friendly team, looking for a Registered Children's Nurse, General Nurse, or Midwife to join us who is motivated, passionate, and who can deliver the highest quality care. The successful candidate(s) will need to be committed to working autonomously as well as within a team, have excellent communication skills with an ability to develop solid relationships with women and their families, whilst working alongside neonatal nurses, midwives, medics, as well as the wider multidisciplinary team. There are band 6 nurses on every shift for support.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work clinically ensuring the provision of safe, effective, high-quality, family Integrated care. They will be motivated, well organized and passionate.

Assisting the nursing, medical and midwifery teams in the care of babies and their families, as directed by senior members of the team, contributing to the effective and efficient day-to-day running of the service.

A Neonatal qualification and experience would be an advantage, but we are also looking for staff who are newly qualified or would like a change of career and would like to develop skills and undertake training in this very specialist area of nursing. Full training and a comprehensive induction programme will be provided.

You will also be offered the opportunity to complete further training, including New-born Life Support (NLS), and the neonatal special care, high dependency and intensive care of the new-born course.

The post holder is required to be flexible in a working roster period to include day or night duties, weekends and public holidays.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please See Supporting Information For Full Job Description.

Management Responsibility

Assist the senior nurse in managing the resources required in the provision of neonatal care.

Participate in the regular review of nursing practice, policies, procedures, and protocols, ensuring that junior staffs adhere to same.

Assist and supervise in the orientation of new staff and learners to the Unit.

Participate in at least 50% of departmental meetings and contribute to the change management agenda.

Develop an understanding of Clinical Governance and participate in benchmarking against local units.

Undertake day to day management of the unit in the absence of anyone more senior.

Clinical Responsibilities

Using evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care within a defined clinical area under the supervision of an experienced nurse.

Undertake an extended role to work within the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure timely appropriately delivered best practice.

Work in partnership with parents / carers to actively support and promote their involvement in the planning, management, and evaluation of care. Ensure parents / carers are confident to continue care on discharge.

To actively support and promote the involvement of parents/carers in the planning, management, and evaluation of care by working together in partnership. Ensuring they have sufficient confidence, assistance, and support to enable them to care for their baby on discharge.

Utilise a variety of strategies to communicate effectively with the family/carers, the multidisciplinary team, other departments within the Trust and pertinent agencies outside the organisation.

To safely administer prescribed medications and to monitor their effects.

To ensure competency and safe maintenance of all medical devices within the sphere of responsibility.

Ensure the significance of data relating to condition and progress is interpreted and acted upon appropriately.

Recognise vulnerable families/babies and respond in accordance to Trust Policy.

Work within the wider clinical setting including paediatrics as service requirements dictate.

Professional Responsibilities

Maintain personal records of continuing professional development.

Always promote a professional image and to be accountable for own clinical practice.

Ensure appropriate documentation of care in accordance to Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.

Work within the Statutory Framework governing nursing practice acting as a role model and maintaining a high standard of professional conduct. To always ensure confidentiality.

Ensure that trust policies and guidelines are adhered to, Health & Safety regulations, the reporting of fires, major incidents, and untoward clinical incidents.

Education Responsibility

Attend and participate in the in-service multidisciplinary teaching programme as well as the Trust Mandatory training.

Keep abreast with all aspects of Neonatal Nursing, current research, and clinical developments.

Be responsible for the appraisal of own performance, identifying training and developmental needs.

Demonstrate and build on achieved competencies in neonatal nursing.

Develop an understanding of clinical supervision and reflective practise skills.

Person Specification



  • Valid registration as RN/RSCN/RM.
  • Willing to undertake neonatal training.


  • Neonatal/Paediatric Nursing experience.
  • ENB 997/998 or equivalent teaching qualification.



  • Analytical skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Able to work within a multi-racial and cultural environment.


  • Knowledge and experience of working with staff and patients of various different background/cultures.

Personal Qualities


  • Polite and pleasant manner and Professional appearance.
  • Commitment to neonatal nursing.
  • Passionate, motivated and team-spirited.
  • Ability to cope with stress.
  • Flexible approach to working hours and duties. Including the ability to work a rotating shift pattern.
  • Occupational Health Clearance to meet the needs of the role.


  • Computer skills.
  • Leadership skills.

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