Junior Sister/Charge Nurse Neonatal/SCBU, WRH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 Dec 2023
We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking and forward thinking band 6 qualified nurses to join our dynamic and friendly neonatal team on a permanent and fixed term basis.

We have an 18 bedded level 2 unit, looking after babies from 27 weeks gestation which includes 2 ITU cots and 4 HDU, as well as a 9 bedded transitional care unit.

We support and work closely with Hereford Neonatal unit by accepting both in-utero and ex-utero transfers for babies requiring ITU and HDU services.

We provide stabilisation for babies below 27 weeks in emergency cases, and work alongside transport services and the West Midlands Operational Delivery Neonatal Network to transfer them to more suitable NICUs.

We are passionate about, and promote baby friendly standards and family integrated care and are looking towards becoming a standalone baby friendly Neonatal Unit.

The staff on our neonatal unit are in sub-teams lead by band 6 nurses, focusing on areas they are passionate about within neonatal care. This gives staff excellent opportunities for both personal and professional development and job satisfaction.

We support and encourage professional development, and we are proud to have designated educators who cover paediatrics and neonates, who work closely and support all staff.

If this sounds like somewhere you would like to work, and you think you are a suitable candidate please contact Ward Manager Anya Wright on 01905 760661 or alternatively email anya.wright@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with the passion to become a leader, or with existing experience in leading a team, who can assist us in striving to achieve great things!

As a band 6 nurse on our neonatal/TCU you will be responsible for taking charge of running the shift, supporting staff, cot management, and working closely with the wider MDT. This is a highly challenging, but extremely rewarding role.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Working Relationships:

Divisional and directorate team members, Senior and junior medical and nursing staff, ward clerks, facilities staff, other health care professionals, social workers, other care providers, patients and their relatives, volunteers.
Risk Assessment:
The post involves manual handling activities and exposure to body fluids and chemicals. May involve some VDU work and individuals may be exposed to violence and aggression.

Job Purpose:

To ensure the maintenance of a high standard of nursing care at all times through the effective management of staff and resources and to be available for advice and support within the specialty

Provide effective leadership and to act as a good role model, as well as to liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and co-ordinate all aspects of care in the best interests of the patient and family

To supervise junior staff and to teach qualified and unqualified staff as appropriate

To liaise closely with person carrying overall responsibility for the ward/department in the absence of that person

Key Duties:

Professional/Clinical Leadership

Establish and maintain communication with people about routine and daily activities, overcoming any differences in communication between the people involved

Assess, develop, implement and evaluate programme of care. To actively participate in team nursing and the development of nursing responsibilities for individual patients. To be responsible for the organisation of nursing care within the clinic

To discuss with the Matron regarding development and changes both nursing and medical, which affect patients directly and indirectly

Assess the health and wellbeing needs of people whose needs are relatively stable and consistent with others in the caseload

Plan, deliver and evaluate programmes to address peoples health and wellbeing needs which are relatively stable and consistent with others in the caseload

To take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients, including the delegation of patient care to nurses with the appropriate level of skill at all times. To report any accidents/incidents to the Matron.

To actively participate in the nursing process in the best interest of the patient

To ensure that acceptable standards of patient care are maintained and, where necessary, instigate changes in agreement with Matron

Lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice

Staff Development

Develop own knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of others

Supervise the training of qualified and unqualified staff in accordance to their level of competence, and assist junior staff to develop clinical and managerial skills

To Act as a mentor for junior staff, to participate in teaching for all learners in accordance with their objectives, working closely with the Clinical Facilitators. To provide support and supervision of learner nurses. To participate in teaching programmes

Maintain a wide knowledge of current practice an issues within the speciality by reading relevant journals and attending study days where appropriate. Promoting the implementation and teaching of research based practice

To attend mandatory training days

To organise and provide training programmes in accordance with the identified needs for the department


Promote effective communication with ward/departmental staff and multidisciplinary teams

To manage effectively the ward/department in the absence of the Matron

To prepare the duty rota for staff within the ward establishment. To provide effective and well balanced staff cover to meet the requirements of the service and to ensure the presence of a suitably qualified and experienced nurse at all times

Contribute to the implementation of services

Plan, allocate, assess and provide feedback to team members

Maintain and support the efficient use of physical and/or financial resources

To collect information for and participate in studies to determine patient dependency and quality assurance

To take all measures to ensure safety and report all accidents/incidents to the Matron and to monitor the safe and effective use of all equipment and the economic use of supplies

Maintain accurate records at all times, ensuring appropriate reporting mechanisms are used

Be conversant with Trust and other policies, procedures and mechanisms in place

To work in accordance with government initiatives to ensure targets set are achieved


To participate in the selection and interviewing of nursing staff within the ward/department

Participate in devising induction programmes for newly appointed staff

To assist the Matron in monitoring staff performance

Participate in staff appraisal and writing of reports

To assist in the maintenance of day to day discipline within the department

To inform the Matron of staff failing to meet the required standard of performance, and taking appropriate action where required

To counsel staff in relation to personnel and professional matters

General Duties:

Clinical Governance

Promote best practice in health, safety and security

Contribute to quality improvement

Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights

Participate in personal and departmental clinical audit

To ensure that nursing procedures are implemented and maintained in accordance with the policies of the Trust

To contribute to the control of infection by monitoring and reporting any housekeeping issues and maintaining rotas for regular cleaning of nursing/patient equipment

Assist in maintaining own and others health safety and security


To maintain a professional attitude at all times developing the role of the nurse in the best interest of the patient and profession in accordance with Nursing & Midwifery Council

To be aware of personal and professional development. To attend courses and conferences as recommended and approved by the Matron

To be conversant and comply with the Trust policies and regulations and attend mandatory lectures as instructed

Participate in research projects where appropriate, report findings within a multidisciplinary framework.

Implement research where appropriate

Person Specification



  • RSCN/RN (Child)/RN/RM
  • QIS or equivalent with minimum 2 years experience.
  • Demonstrate evidence of working towards further education e.g. Degree in related topics



  • Extensive neonatal nursing experience with a minimum of 4 years at Band 5 or above

Knowledge, skills and personal qualities


  • Able to work on own initiative and under pressure
  • Able to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team within the primary and secondary care setting
  • Excellent teaching skills committed to teaching
  • Able to demonstrate change management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of child protection
  • Up to date knowledge of issues affecting neonates and neonatal nursing
  • Understanding of professional development
  • Understanding of clinical governance responsibilities
  • Innovative
  • Motivated
  • Assertive
  • Confident
  • Change agent
  • Displays leadership skills
  • Supportive
  • Flexible to meet the demands of the service
  • Able to carry out full range of work related activities
  • Teaching and assessing qualification desirable
  • Good attendance record
  • Willing to undertake further training in relevant issues

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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