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Neonatal Senior Staff Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiasticNurse to join our team. If you are currently working as a Band 6 and are looking for a new challenge or are a Band 5 looking for career progression, this could be the job for you.

The right candidate must be qualified in speciality (ENB 405 or Neonatal Pathway) withgoodleadership and communication skills and the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be a proficient clinical practitioner who will take charge of the ward in the absence of the ward sister.
  • They will support the ward sister in her role and will be able to supervise, mentor and teach junior staff, acting as a role-model, in order to ensure that optimum standards of care are delivered at all times to neonates and their families.
  • In conjunction with the ward sister they are responsible for ensuring that trust policies and procedures are adhered to and that trust objectives are met.
  • 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 Haywards Heath & Brighton 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 theUK'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 ourPatient 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 ourwellbeing programmefor 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.
  • Manage a group of assigned patients, recognising situations that may be detrimental to the health and well-being of the neonate and to take appropriate action.
  • Plan, assess, implement and evaluate nursing care for neonates. Co-ordinate patient care and start planning for discharge from admission by liaising with multi-disciplinary team and neonatal outreach.
  • Provide information and support for families, liaising with relevant support services as appropriate.
  • Ensures there is a high standard of documentation which is accurate, legible and meets all legal requirements.
  • Able to set up, use and maintain all equipment used on patients within the ward and attend training as necessary.
  • Recognise and assess emergencies occurring in neonates, and take appropriate action.
  • Able to administer intravenous therapy safely.
  • Maintain a safe, friendly and welcoming ward environment for families, visitors and staff and where family centred care is practiced.
  • Display an understanding and supportive attitude towards colleagues to create a pleasant work environment.
  • Ensure clinical practice is research based. Contribute to the implementation of practice enhancements, seeking support and guidance. Take personal responsibility to develop an awareness of local, regional and national objectives, policies and political agenda
  • Work within the Code of Professional Conduct and all other NMC directives.
  • Keep post-registration education and practice up to date and in line with knowledge and skills outline

  • Managerial and organisational:
  • Will take charge of the ward, demonstrating the ability to delegate and supervise. Will deploy nursing staff within the team and ensure the provision of skill mix necessary to maintain the patient and staff safety, utilising resources efficiently.
  • Work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to the mutual benefit of neonates and their families.
  • Assist and support senior staff in the setting and monitoring quality of standards and auditing in relation to evidence based clinical practice.

  • -- Please see Job Description & Person Specs --

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse or Midwife
    • Neonatal Pathway Holder
    • NLS


    • Mentorship module or 998



    • Substantial months post QIS
    • Proven skills and knowledge in clinical practice


    • Knowledge of high frequency oscillation and Nitric Oxide Therapy

    management skills


    • Demonstrates leadership skills
    • Ability to mentor others
    • Ability to work under own initiative


    • Ability to work under pressure



    • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team


    • Experience of Family Integrated Care.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Princess Royal Hospital

    Lewes Road

    Haywards Heath

    RH16 4EX

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