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Neonatal Practitioner

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full Time: 37.5 Hours per week

Promoting Quality Integrated Care

Exciting opportunity is available for Band 5 nurse with an interest in neonatal care. If you are a registered nurse or midwife with neonatal experience or looking for the challenge of a change of specialty then this is an opportunity for you. Our service is supported by a Practice Educator and Advanced Neonatal Nurse. The service offers a comprehensive Induction Programme and Qualification in Specialty.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a purpose built Neonatal Unit, specialising in providing an environment promoting quality family integrated care.

We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression.

We are a friendly, supportive team who work tirelessly to improve standards and drive improvements.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 5 Registered Nurse, under supervision you will be responsible for the assessment and delivery of care to sick and preterm babies. You will work in collaboration with parents and carers to promote healthy family bonding, parent and baby relationships. You will work with a motivated team and will be expected to support the Baby Friendly Initiative. You will actively participate in the supervision of students in the neonatal unit.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds.
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • RSCN / RN Child Diploma
  • Achievement of teaching and assessing qualification 998 / 997 / mentorship or equivalent or date for this to be undertaken
  • All newly qualified staff must be willing to complete the trust preceptorship programme


  • Post-registration qualification or evidence of further study or working towards Relevant speciality qualification may be required for certain practice areas (critical care)

Knowledge and Experience


  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting.
  • Basic knowledge of professional and NHS issues.
  • Basic IT skills in word processing


  • Willingness to develop speciality knowledge

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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