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Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners to join our team on the Neonatal Unit at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful applicant will be joining an established team of ANNP's who are working flexibly at different levels within the team, dependant on experience.

The team have a standalone ANNP rota that enables them to support the medical workforce, whilst stepping in to nursing roles whenever the need arises. They provide cover on both tier 1 and tier 2 of the medical rota by taking up dedicated slots. Their role not only dictates that they support the neonatal unit, but postnatal ward and delivery suite environment. Our goal is for the all ANNP's to achieve competency to be able to work independently at tier 2 level.

If you believe you have the skills and attributes required for this challenging and fulfilling role we would welcome your application.

If you would like any further information, or wish to arrange an informal visit to the unit, please contact Dr Sanjeev Rath (Clinical Service Lead) or Angela McDonald (Associate Director of Nursing) angela.mcdonald11@nhs.nglet

Main duties of the job

The Neonatal Unit at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the 2 neonatal units with level 3 status (NICU) in the Cheshire and Merseyside region.

The Neonatal Unit at Wirral accept referrals from out of region neighbouring hospitals along with referrals from within the Cheshire and Merseyside region for babies born < 27 week and sick babies needing intensive care treatment. The neonatal unit also acts as a referral NICU for all preterm babies (< 27 weeks) born in North Wales.

Please see job overview & attached job description for further information about the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner position available with WUTH.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as competent and caring staff by our patients. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents. We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint. We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m. The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

At present the cot establishment on our NICU includes 14 flexible intensive/high dependency cots and 10 special care cots.

There are 4 transitional care cots based in the postnatal ward. The unit provides highly specialised holistic care to babies born from 23 weeks gestation. The unit offers different modes of conventional ventilation (Volume Guarantee usual mode) and non-invasive respiratory support including CPAP, BiPAP and high flow oxygen therapy.

The unit also offers modalities like High Frequency Oscillation (HFOV) and Nitric Oxide (iNO) for difficult cases with hypoxic or ventilatory failure. Arrowe Park Hospital is one of the 2 cooling centres in the Cheshire and Merseyside region the unit has 2 cots for therapeutic cooling with facilities for Cerebral Function Monitoring (CFM).

The unit offers regular on-unit retinopathy of prematurity and new-born hearing screening by a local ophthalmologist.

The unit is adjacent to the delivery suite and the Foetal Medicine Unit. Fortnightly High Risk joint neonatal and obstetric meetings take place, as well as monthly joint perinatal morbidity/mortality meetings.
  • Arrowe Park Hospital has on-site adult critical care facilities and all obstetric patients requiring critical care can be immediately transferred under the care of an intensivist, with minimal mother and baby separation.
  • Community neonatal services provide a follow up service for all babies discharged from the neonatal unit for up to 6 weeks. Strong links with local community services through our comprehensive integrated Child Health Service allow efficient transition to the community team for vulnerable infants wherever necessary.
  • The Wirral Family and Baby Support (FaB) programme is an innovative programme developed at Arrowe Park, and now adopted throughout the Neonatal Network, which provides early intervention and support for all families on NICU.
  • Ronald McDonald House provides purpose built accommodation for 7 families on Wirral and from out of area.

Please see attached Job Description for further information about the Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner position available at WUTH.

If successful in this role, there is a requirement for you to have a standard/enhanced DBS. This will be paid for by the Trust and then deducted from your salary over a period of 3 month. As this vacancy is within the division of Womens and Childrens, there is a mandatory requirement for successful applicants to join the DBS update service. The cost of joining the update service is �13 per year, and applicants are liable to cover this cost with no reimbursement from the Trust. Further details of how to join the update service will be provided upon appointment.

Person Specification

Qualifications, specific experience and training


  • Nursing qualification and 1st level degree
  • Neonatal qualification
  • Advanced neonatal nurse


  • Working towards master's qualification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience at advanced neonatal nurse practitioner level within neonatal care
  • Act as an autonomous practitioner utilising independent decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own workload.
  • Ability to supervise and organise unit workload.
  • Ability to act as role model to neonatal personnel.
  • To provide high quality holistic care utilising advanced clinical skills
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based guidelines and protocols
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to provide specialist education in neonatal clinical practise.
  • Experience in teaching and assessing
  • Effective teaching and presentation skills
  • Initiate and participate in unit educational programmes


  • Knowledge of resource management
  • Knowledge of political and NHS agenda

Personal Attributes


  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to recognise own learning needs and set personal objectives.
  • Commitment to service development and quality.

Personal Attributes


  • Sensitive and empathetic, enthusiastic with a sense of humour.

Employer details

Employer name

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Arrowe Park Hospital

Arrowe Park Road


CH49 5PE

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