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Neonatal Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

Job Details

We welcome applications from those who currently hold a UK NMC registration. If you currently hold an overseas nursing qualification and require sponsorship we are not currently direct hiring Internationally Qualified Nurses.

Our neonatal service is provided across four sites in the newly merged trust. This Neonatal Staff Nurse role will be required to work in those units previously part of the UHSussex neonatal service: the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing both medical and surgical neonatal care. Our unit has twenty-seven cots, nine of which are designated for intensive care eight for high dependency and ten for special care.

The Special Care Baby Unit is led by a team of Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP's) who are supported by Consultant Neonatologists. The unit has eight special care cots.

This is an exciting time to join our neonatal service as we look to grow and develop our team. You will be offered support for your own career development and will be encouraged to pursue any areas of interest that you may have in line with our service improvement plans.

Main duties of the job

We are currently recruiting for nurse's to join our team as a band 5. This post would suit an experienced band 5 with or without neonatal experience or a newly qualified nurse. Students that are soon to qualify are welcome to apply.

You will be based on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton as your main place of work, however you will be expected to cover SCBU at PRH as and when required to maintain safe staffing.

The post holder will be required to provide a high standard of research based nursing care to the neonate and support and advice to the family in the intensive, high dependency and special care setting.

The post holder will work as part of the multidisciplinary team in the assessment, planning and implementation of care to the neonate, through the delivery of evidence based practice and be responsible for accurate record keeping.

The post holder will require excellent communication skills to enable effective team working and liaison with families and external agencies.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

A t UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength and want you to feel included to help as always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to success. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. Were proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.
  • Take responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating neonatal nursing care of a designated group of babies on a shift by shift basis consistent with evidence based practice for babies and their families within the special care, high dependency and intensive care nursery
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the needs of all babies in the designated area and modify as necessary
  • Identify and meet the nutritional needs of the neonate assessing, planning and evaluating feeding regimes and calculating daily fluid requirements for term and pre term neonates
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of the neonate requiring phototherapy including fluid balance, temperature control and comfort needs
  • Assess, record and evaluate observations for neonates nursed in incubators including temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, oxygen requirement and respiratory effort
  • Identify the suitability of babies to be transferred home and implement the discharge plan
  • Discuss options and support parents in making informed choice in their plan of care e.g. feeding methods, audiology checks, blood transfusion, and newborn screening programme
  • Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of such care, making necessary modifications of any care pathway and give professional advice and support as required
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of the neonate receiving a blood transfusion, including discussing rational for administering blood with parents
  • Act as the babys and parents advocate and empower them to participate in their babys care and well being
  • Respect the need for privacy and dignity of the neonate, such as religious and spiritual needs
  • Demonstrate competency in specific clinical skills, appropriate to the area, such as administration of intravenous drug infusions, antibiotics, fluids and total parenteral nutrition
  • Demonstrate safe single practitioner administration of all medication to neonates, according to UHSx Trust and local policy

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/Midwife, or Soon to Qualify
  • Degree or working towards.


  • Mentorship course or equivalent
  • Neonatal Pathway



  • Previous experience working with babies or children.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Care planning skills
  • Basic skills and knowledge in clinical practice

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good written and spoken English
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and coordinate own and others work on a shift to shift basis
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Motivated and able to work under own initiative

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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