Junior Sister - Neonatal Unit

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
31 Mar 2024
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kings is on the Denmark Hill site and has 36 cots.

We provide level 3 Medical and Surgical care to sick term babies and preterm babies born as early as 22 weeks gestation. We are a major referral centre providing a first class intensive care service to South East London, Kent and the Medway towns, Brighton and West Sussex and beyond.

We pride ourselves on having one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. With a team of Neonatal therapists who work closely with our patients, families and staff our Neurodevelopmental outcomes are optimal. We actively encourage Family Integrated Care and have recently started weekly Parent led ward rounds in our lower dependency areas.

Our team of experienced PDNs and Senior Sisters will support you in your new role ensuring you have a bespoke orientation programme as well as a personalised career pathway aimed at identifying and supporting your career progression

We work closely with our sister unit - LNU at PRUH and provide the opportunity for you to work cross - site as part of your development in the Junior sister role

Our maternity department caters for over 6,000 deliveries per annum and is well supported by the world-renowned Harris Birthright Fetal Medicine Centre led by Professor Nikolaides.

Main duties of the job

Our nurses have the responsibility for planning, managing and coordinating clinical care for babies requiring high level of nursing care and supporting staff to develop these skills on the unit. We focus on developing nursing leaders for the future and therefore alongside a full team of Practice Development Nurses, provide individualised professional leadership and clinical development.

Our goal to be a hospital of choice by improving all aspects of the patient experience relies upon us having a highly skilled, motivated, diverse, productive and patient focused workforce

Why not work for an acute Trust committed to flexible working and diversity in employment?

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide expert, care of a high standard to critically ill and stable babies and their parents/carers within the King's College Hospital.
  • To take direct managerial responsibility for the clinical area in the absence of senior sister or as delegated by the Senior Nurse
  • To assist in the leadership and development of an identified group of nurses within the Unit.
  • To act as a clinical resource and link nurse within the Unit and across the Care Group as necessary
  • To act as a positive role model to junior staff members

  • Person Specification

    Education and Qualifications


    • NMC Registered
    • Further relevant post registration professional studies: ENB 405, 415, neonatal intensive care module or equivalent
    • Post registration qualification in mentoring or ENB 998/997
    • Working at or willingness to study at degree level



    • Evidence of clinical expertise, relevant to the area.
    • Previous experience of leading change in the clinical environment

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Evidence of commitment to the professional development of others.
    • Awareness and understanding of current health issues, particularly government initiatives that impact on the NHS.
    • Sound knowledge and ability to implement Trust's safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures
    • Ability to organise and manage day-to-day unit activities and the activities of large multidisciplinary team within this.
    • Communication skills - able to relate and communicate with parents and staff at all levels and from different professions. Adapts communication style as necessary and is able to work with and through others.
    • Team building and working skills - able to lead a team to achieve results
    • Understanding of the issues pertaining to change management
    • Understanding of the issues pertaining to clinical risk management
    • Ability to utilise research in clinical practice
    • Problem solving skills - able to respond to unexpected issues and provide first line response and to identify appropriate sources of secondary support

    Employer details

    Employer name

    King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    King's College Hospital

    Denmark Hill


    SE5 9RS

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