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Neonatal Ward Sister/Charge Nurse

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
14 Dec 2023
Are you a neonatal nurse who is ready to take the next steps in their neonatal career? Would you like to be part of a neonatal team who works tirelessly, to provide comprehensive, compassionate, individualised care and support to our babies and their families, which are then realised in the outstanding outcomes we achieve for our babies (NNAP 2023). Portsmouth Hospitals Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are excited to be able to expand their senior nursing team and have vacancies for experienced registered neonatal nurses. As a team, we have a clear vision for our future, to ensure we offer all staff the best opportunities within their career, and we are here to support and encourage you to expand your experience and knowledge of neonatal care. We would welcome applications from experienced Neonatal nurses, with a recognised qualified in speciality neonatal intensive care qualification who are looking to take the next steps in their neonatal nursing career.

Main duties of the job

Working on a Level 3 Bliss accreditied tertiary neonatal intensive care unit you would experience caring for some of the most complex and pioneering medical care, including total body cooling, HFOV, Nitric Oxide Therapy and Laser ROP. You will also have access to extended role development in retrieval and neonatal life support, alongside rotational opportunities in Neonatal Outreach, Family Integrated and developmental care, Infant feeding, Education and Research teams We know that the secret to our success is through investment in our team, and so in return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we promise you: Fully supported Induction and Orientation programme tailored to your needs. Supportive career development, including opportunities to experience rotations across our service. Access to MSc, postgraduate pathways and continuing professional development at Southampton and Portsmouth Universities. Advanced Leadership and Management training programmes with coaching support - whether this is moving into a senior clinical role, or as a future leader in the NHS, we are here to support you on this path. A focus on staff wellbeing and emotional support, including access to our on site wellness centre and training, including emotional resilience. Flexible working opportunities. NHS benefits, including Pension and Discount Schemes.

About us

Here at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care for our local population. We are ranked as the third in the country for research, embedding education and training across the organisation. Our main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals on the south coast employing over 8,700 staff. Our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for getting it right for patients, colleagues, and our community, you will find a home at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensuring high quality nursing care is coordinated and delivered using a family focused model of practice. Work as part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team ensuring patient care is delivered smoothly and efficiently. The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training and research. Key Responsibilities: Clinical/Professional Promote and set high standards of nursing care and maintain the delivery of quality care within the trust policies, protocols and guidelines. Provide and deliver a high standard of evidence-based nursing care through the assessment, planning, and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence. Initiate and co-ordinate care in the clinical area for a specified group of patients. Recognise and respond to a change in patient status undertaking first line interventions within scope of practice and refer on to the appropriate clinician as required. Actively promote safe and effective working practices to prevent harm to the patients within your care and take part in safety audits to maintain high quality standards. Communicating and working with the multidisciplinary team to improve quality of care, and informed clinical decisions. Promote innovation and share any new ideas to improve patient care. Participate in the allocation of workload and ensure efficient bed management and effective patient flow. Coordinate care for a clinical area once deemed competent to do so. Liaise, report and document any relevant nursing/patient needs with other health care professionals with on-going responsibility for patient care, communicating changes as they occur. Ensuring that accurate and timely patient records are maintained. Implement the trust values and beliefs ensuring they are embedded into everyday practice and evaluate their impact on the patients experience. Engage and interact with carers/family encouraging them to be actively involved in patients care planning care as outlined in the ward/unit philosophy. Ensure concerns raised by patients and their families are escalated and dealt with in an open, honest and transparent way, in line with trust policies, procedures and Duty of Candour legislation. Maintain and continually develop in-depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical area. Achieve competence in the use of medical devices/equipment by accessing training and maintain these. Promote health education within the clinical area and advise patient, family, and others in health promotion issues, making every contact count. Promote the health and well-being of staff, patients and their carers. Management/Leadership Report, escalate and manage patient safety events and clinical emergencies as detailed in Trust-wide and local protocols and procedures. Be proactive in the prevention and management of complaints (formal and those via Patient Advice and Liaison Service) and when they occur investigate and respond in a timely manner. In conjunction with other team members, participate in quality monitoring and improvements via involvement in the Portsmouth Bundle. Manage the discharge and transfer of patients by using the SAFER discharge bundle and other discharge policies to ensure a seamless transition from hospital to home or other community care services. Comply and promote compliance with Trust policies and guidelines e.g. Health and Safety, Clinical Risk and Infection Control. Take appropriate action to address unexpected changes and situations, informing the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse or other if unable to resolve. Contribute to the clinical area non-pay budgets to ensuring good housekeeping and economic use of resources. Delegate duties and tasks to unregistered staff, students/trainees and other staff as appropriate. Bands 1 to 4 as appropriate. Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within Trust premises. Work closely with partners i.e. Carillion, resolving any issues regarding cleanliness, provision of food and maintenance of the environment. Ensure staff are aware how to escalate when issues cannot be resolved.

Person Specification



  • Current RN +/- RN, registration with NMC and any other relevant post registration qualifications.
  • BSc Degree in relevant field.
  • Evidence of recent CPD.
  • Post Reg. qualifications for specialty area (QIS).
  • Leadership development programme.
  • Teaching qualification /experience and accredited NMC before mentorship course.


  • Masters degree and evidence of working towards.



  • Evidence of team leadership and change management with relevant management/leadership course.
  • Managing resources and contributing to departmental budget.
  • Evidence of developing policy, guidelines and managing resources.
  • Significant demonstrable experience within specialty in level 3 NICU with evidence of professional development.

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


QA Hospital, Southwick Hill Road



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