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Neonatal Patient Safety and Governance Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
8 Dec 2023
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 650,000 people. The pandemic has demonstrated the value of our greatest asset our employees. The dedication and support that our workforce have provided has been second to none and here at CDDFT we are extremely proud of them.

We care for our colleagues, and as a modern day employer in the NHS we realise that prospective employees can choose where they wish to work. That is why in our opinion, the health and wellbeing support we offer our staff is second to none.

Our wellbeing offer includes:

A 'one stop' resource hub so we all know how and where to access support and information on health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Conversations & Risk Assessments that keep staff safe and well at work.

Regular health and wellbeing campaigns and promotions.

A private Facebook group for CDDFT staff to share a conversation, get peer support and hear key wellbeing messages.

Main duties of the job

We are delighted to advertise the post of Neonatal Patient Safety and Governance Nurse Band 6 for the Trust wide neonatal service . This is an exciting opportunity for dynamic and experienced neonatal nurse to be appointed to a Quality Role to support the ongoing development of the service, maintenance of high standards and monitoring of governance structures that underpin patient and family experience. The post holder will oversee a diverse portfolio, working with peers across child health and maternity services and supported by the perinatal leadership team.

As part of the senior nursing team you will have the opportunity to shape services to ensure they are responsive to both families and the national neonatal/perinatal agenda. There is an expectation that the post holder will not only demonstrate expert clinical knowledge and high standards, but present skills that will enthuse, innovate, support and challenge our teams to achieve an exceptional service for our local families.

If you would like to understand more about the service and the team please contact Christine Mackerness, Neonatal Matron ( for an informal conversation and to arrange a visit.

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

The post holder's role is diverse and responsive to the need of the continuously developing multi-disciplinary service, but includes:

- Supporting in the development and maintenance of clinical pathways and guidelines as an expert in the processes of development.

- Working with colleagues across CDDFT to ensure the application of national safety agenda across perinatal care, including Saving Babies Lives care bundle.

- Coordination and response to clinical incidents and patient experience investigations

- Provide direction and facilitation on matters relating to patient safety and governance

- Coordinate learning from the national safety agenda and local incidents , alongside the clinical educator, to ensure that our services are continually improving.

- Preparation and presentation of data and analysis for CDDFT wide safety and governance meetings including key performance indicators and action plans.

- Demonstrating leadership in the coordination across the CDDFT of the neonatal service safety agenda.

Person Specification



  • Teaching/Assessing Qualification

Statutory Registration


  • RSCN/RN (Children) /RN (adult) with QIS Neonatal Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Extensive and appropriate experience at a minimum of Band 5
  • Experience of Clinical Supervision
  • Experience of clinical governance structure and management
  • Experience of guideline development
  • Awareness of the NHS wider health economy and how childrens services fit into this

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Leadership skills and experience.
  • Team working.
  • IT Skills.
  • Experience of change management.

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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