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Staff Nurse - Neonatal

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024
Our amazing special care baby unit at St Richards is looking for a qualified band 5 nurse to join our team. We can offer supportive orientation and mandatory training.

We provide care for babies 32 weeks gestation and over and have 2 HDU cots and 10 special care cots. We work in the Thames valley and Wessex neonatal network and are apart of the UHSussex hospitals which cover Worthing, Brighton and Haywards Heath. We are working towards Family integrated care with families supporting them to learn how to care for their babies in preparation for discharge.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic team player to join our team of talented nurses. If successful you will be supported in your development and be provided with opportunities.

If you have a passion for neonatal nursing, are qualified in speciality or wanting to change speciality, please consider applying for this band 5 role.

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.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a proficient clinical practitioner who will support the deputy sister and ward sister.
  • Act as a role model and ensure effective staff supervision with clinical practice, working with staff and patients in an advisory, teaching and support capacity and maintaining professional competence, authority and credibility.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical nursing experts including Heads of Nursing, Clinical Teams and Practice Development Nurses in the development of expert, personal centred practice.
  • Communicate effectively with the department team.
  • To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which he/she works.
  • Be able to work in a multi-professional environment ensuring most effective use of all members of those professional teams.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us 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 succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer abuddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

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.

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.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • To maintain an awareness of Trust and National targets, ensuring that within the scope of your role you support their delivery.
  • To fully participate in the Trusts appraisal system review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.
  • To undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.
  • To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

People Management and development
  • Act as a role model within the ward and adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Report patient / relative complaints to senior staff so that they can be dealt with proactively to minimise the risk of them becoming formal.
  • Report / action any accidents, incidents or undue occurrences reported or witnessed
  • Take an active role in Risk Management in line with Trust and Directorate policy.
  • Maintain flexibility with staffing rosters so they can be adjusted accordingly to provide cover with the required skill mix, making best use of resources available.
  • To work with the ward manager to ensure infection control procedures and cleanliness are observed on the ward.

Patient Care Delivery
  • Ensure that the needs of the neonates and their families are identified and programmes of care are implemented to meet individual patient and client needs, seeking guidance as appropriate.
  • Ensure that these programmes of care incorporate the Essence of Care, in order to reflect best practice.
  • Ensure effective discharge planning, involving the multidisciplinary team as necessary
  • To promote health education within the clinical area and advise families/carers and others in health promotion issues.
  • To teach nursing skills to parents and other carers
  • Be motivated in maintaining own professional development under the guidance of senior staff
  • Maintain accurate and effective record keeping.
  • Be aware of and work within current legislation and guidance relating to Child Protection.

Learning and Development
  • Attend mandatory training updates as required.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.
  • Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.

Person Specification



  • Educated to diploma level


  • Qualified in neonatal speciality
  • Mentorship or ENB 998



  • Knowledge of Child protection
  • Understanding of accountabilities and responsibilities


  • Neonatal/ paediatric experience
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Trained in neonatal life support

People management and development


  • Good commination skills
  • Team worker within a multidisciplinary environment


  • Undertake supervisory role for students

Specific requirements


  • Work well under pressure
  • Willingness to be flexible


  • Knowledge of health and safety

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Richards Hospital

Spitalfield Lane


PO19 6SE

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