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Neonatal Senior Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Apr 2024
Our neonatal service is provided across four sites in the newly merged trust. This Neonatal Senior Staff Nurse role will be required to work in those units previously part of the UHSx 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 Sussex Neonatal Transport Service operates from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit to provide 24/7 cover with similar services from Kent and Surrey.

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.

We are currently recruiting for experienced neonatal nurse's to join our nursing team as a band 6.

You will be based on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton.

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

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

The post holder will take charge, lead and motivate the nursing team within the special care, high dependency and intensive care nurseries, as necessary, deploying staff according to their ability and experience using the resources available.

The post holder will work with the multidisciplinary team in the assessment planning and delivery of an appropriate plan of care for the neonate.

The post holder will require effective communication skills and an ability to ensure effective core team working.

The post holder will be required to participate in their continuing professional development and other development activities, including mentorship and contribute to the professional development of colleagues.

The post holder will work across sites to cover the neonatal service, as required.

About us

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

At 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.
  • Demonstrate full responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating neonatal care consistent with evidence based practice for babies and their families.
  • 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
  • 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 and their family, such as religious and spiritual needs
  • Be competent in intravenous drug administration and supervise junior staff learning this skill
  • Act as a role model for excellent practice through effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care
  • Be skilled in effective time management within the team environment
  • Be an expert at and supervise staff in the appropriate use of advanced technological equipment. e.g. ventilators and blood gas monitoring equipment
  • Act as team/shift leader, as necessary
  • Support junior staff in the use of appropriate individualised discharge care planning, to involve parents/carers and the multidisciplinary team in the promotion of health through parent education to include back to sleep positioning, smoking cessation and immunisation programmes
  • Promote the importance of the modification of the environment, taking into account the individual developmental needs of the babies, e.g. positioning and minimal handling of very low birth weight babies
  • Work in partnership with associated health professionals including health visitors, speech therapists, radiographers and pharmacists
  • Demonstrate the ability to make clinical judgments about the suitability of babies for transfer to another dependency to facilitate the smooth running of the unit
  • Demonstrate skilled interpretation of clinical results/investigations e.g. blood gases and antibiotic levels and take appropriate action
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the implementation of the correct referral process to other health care practitioners e.g. physiotherapist, when needs and risks are beyond ones scope of practice or require specialist input
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate nursing interventions and/or treatments for neonates within the special care, high dependency and intensive care environment, according to evidence based guidelines and care pathways/plans, involving other agencies as appropriate
  • Interpret and modify interventions/treatments as necessary, providing appropriate feedback to the multidisciplinary team

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Neonatal Pathway qualification
  • Mentorship module or equivalent
  • Neonatal Life Support


  • Degree or equivalent portfolio of evidence



  • Proven skills and knowledge in all areas of clinical practice
  • Experience providing emotional support to families


  • Experience of a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

Knowledge and skills


  • Good written and spoken English
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and coordinate own and others work on a shift to shift basis
  • Evidence of teaching and mentoring learners
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Good knowledge and experience of intensive care equipment

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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