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Junior Sister

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (Pro Rata)
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Neonatal Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital is a Level 3 provider within the Northern Neonatal Network. We are a busy unit and require a Junior Sister to join our hard working team. Our strong team work ethos enables all staff to develop and learn new skills. Educational opportunities will be given to meet the neonatal nurse career progression guidelines for Qualified in Speciality. We have a Practice Development Nurse to support you in your development.

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, hardworking and motivated Neonatal Nurse to join our team. Neonatal experience plus qualified in specialism is essential alongside current NLS status. All candidates for this position must possess current NMC Registration.

Main duties of the job

The post requires experience, knowledge and skills of working in Neonatal Unit at senior level. The postholder will lead/co-ordinate shifts, be able to work independently and within the team and support junior staff and students.

The post holder will ensure the provision of effective nursing care, and the planning of family-integrated care in conjunction with the MDT.

The post holder will be supported to undertake additional leadership training relevant to the role.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full duties of the role.

To be responsible and accountable for the safe, effective and compassionate nursing care for all patients in ward/department area

To exercise accountability as set out in the NMC Code.

To supervise, support and educate junior members of the team, acting as a role model.

Support ward/department manager to ensure organisational goals/objectives are met within ward/department.

When taking charge of the ward/department or in the absence of the ward/department manager, is directly responsible for ensuring that clinical, professional and cleanliness standards are maintained in the entire ward/department.

To ensure effective communication internally and externally regarding patient care and resources.

To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

To act as shift coordinator.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC Registration (RN / RSCN/ RN CHILD)
  • Degree in nursing studies or healthcare related subject (UK equivalent) or evidence of currently working towards this.
  • Mentorship certificate/ Practice Assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Post Qualifying Specialist Neonatal Course (QIS)/ ENB 405
  • Recognised Neonatal Resuscitation and or stabilisation course/Neonatal Life Support (NLS)


  • Management and leadership training.
  • ILM qualification



  • Experience as a Band 5.
  • Experience of leading a team.
  • Evidence of innovation in practice.
  • Experience of coordinating a team in caring for patients from admission to discharge.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Experience within past 24 months


  • Experience of line management of staff
  • Experience of ward management / shift coordinating
  • Familiar with inter hospital transfer
  • Experience with complex discharge planning including safeguarding

Knowledge & Skills


  • Awareness of national health and social care policy.
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism.
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice issues.
  • Clinical teaching experience.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassurance skills are required.
  • Able to work without supervision.
  • Competent in the use of IT packages.
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post.
  • Up to date knowledge of neonatal conditions, pathologies
  • Mastery of Neonatal Intensive Care equipment
  • Aware of current research evidence


  • Understanding of budget and financial control systems

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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