Neonatal Sister / Charge Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, passionate, enthusiastic and caring neonatal nurse to become part of the Band 6 leadership team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. We provide care for babies and their families at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital, in dedicated neonatal units that work closely with the Midwifery and Paediatric departments. With 12 cots at UHND and 8 cots at DMH, we provide care for babies and their families from 30 weeks gestation, but also provide stabilisation for critically ill babies prior to retrieval by the regional transport team. Both sites have a well-developed transitional care service that is primarily supported by baby support workers which enables babies and their mothers to stay together when requiring additional support.

Neonatal experience plus qualification in speciality is essential alongside current NLS status. All candidates for this position must possess a current NMC Registration.

Main duties of the job

The post requires experience, knowledge and skills of working within a Neonatal Unit at a senior level. As a band 6 nurse you will be responsible for co-ordinating shifts, attending emergency situations, supporting staff, cot management and working closely with the wider MDT to ensure the provision of effective nursing care and the planning of family integrated care.

This is a highly challenging, but extremely rewarding role. Our strong team work ethos enables all staff to develop and learn new skills. The post holder will be supported to undertake additional leadership training relevant to the role.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for full details of the role.

The post holder is responsible for the day-to-day management of the unit and available for 24-hour support in the absence of the ward manager. To monitor cot acuity on the unit and able to risk assess the department and have a thorough understanding of the escalation process.

The post holder will act as clinical leader and supervisor to junior staff. Maintaining and promoting the trust behaviours and standards expected of the team.

The post holder will have the experience, knowledge and skills to be bale to provide the continued assessment of Neonatal care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programs of care.

The post holder will be able to implement and support the emergency, normal and community care of the Neonate.

The post holder will be able to help develop the service and staff to support progressive neonatal care.

The post holder must perform at all times in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct and be particularly aware of his /her professional accountability.

Person Specification



  • Diploma in Nursing Studies or Health Related subject
  • Registered RSCN / RN
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Post graduate certificate in neonatal nursing (QIS/405)
  • NLS qualification


  • Degree in Nursing Studies or Health Related subject
  • Recognised teaching/assessing qualification
  • Evidence of study relating to leadership/management
  • Project management experience



  • Post registration neonatal nursing experience
  • Proven experience as a nurse leader
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and within a team


  • Change management experience
  • Experience of professional development / appraisal facilitation

Statutory Registration


  • Registered with the NMC on Part 1 of the Register for Children or Adults

Statutory Registration


  • Registered with the NMC on Part 1 of the Register for Children or Adults

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Post registration neonatal nursing experience
  • Sound knowledge of national and local networks / guidelines
  • Knowledge and understanding of clincal risk management
  • Current knowledge of Safeguarding Children Legislation, Policies and Procedures.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Effective Communication and leadership skills
  • Team player / Collaborative working
  • Prioritorise workload / organisational skills
  • Ability to work in demanding environments
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Presentation and IT skills


  • Audit and Report writing
  • Involvement in clinical audit projects and / or guideline development
  • Experience of developing and delivering training / education to staff

Special Requirements


  • Commitment to undertake appropriate courses to maintain professional development.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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