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Sister/Charge Nurse - NICU

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Paediatric nurse, Neonatal nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to new and significant investment a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated and experienced Neonatal Nurses to join our team and provide leadership within our service. Bradford Neonatal service is a well-established 31 cot NICU and 9 cot Transitional Care Unit providing care for both infants born locally and those from across the wider Yorkshire & Humber region requiring specialist high quality support. We successfully re-accredited as UNICEF Baby Friendly in 2023.

We have had a number of recent successes in developing a large education team, perinatal palliative care support and specialist infant feeding nurses so now is a really exciting time to be part of team Bradford. We have also recently launched innovative Special Care Coordinator roles that are proving to help colleagues on the unit to provide the level of care that all nurses aspire to achieve.

Main duties of the job

Work life balance is of the utmost importance on the unit and as such the unit has recently moved towards a staff/team self-rostering approach.

To come and join our team you will need to have excellent leadership, clinical and communication skills. You will be a motivated team player and someone who is approachable to colleagues and families on the unit. The successful candidate will also aspire to continually develop.

Our promise to any successful candidate is that we will support your development and ensure that you are equipped with the right skills to be successful. In order to apply for a Sisters post on the NICU you must hold a Qualification in Speciality for Neonatal Care (or equivalent).

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact (Matron for the Neonatal Service). We would welcome and encourage informal visits to our service.

About us

Our People Charter outlines the behaviours we can expect from one another and what you can expect from Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust:
  • We value people
  • We are one team
  • We care

We're keen to meet people who share these values and are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Quality & Safety
  • To ensure all families receive support and expert advice regarding care and development of their infant.
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates specialist care or treatment regimens for patients within the neonatal services, taking into consideration the lifestyle, gender, cultural background and preferences of the family, making reasonable adjustments to care where this is appropriate.
  • To ensure that all staff encourage and support parents to develop an early relationship with their baby to support positive long term development in line with national guidance.
  • To provide expert and professional support for staff demonstrating a commitment to best practice in all areas.
  • To work closely with the Infant Feeding MDT to implement and maintain the UNICEF best practice neonatal standards for infant feeding throughout the trust.
  • Works independently and in conjunction with the Senior Nursing team to ensure that neonatal practices are both evidence based and developed in line with best practice literature.
  • Identify and promote best practice, assist in developing and implementing innovative strategies to engage staff with personal development.
  • To work with colleagues to ensure that families receive full information and enable choice and participation in care planning to maximise safe and quality outcomes for babies and their families.
  • To enhance clinical skills in all aspects of nursing to further own professional development, skills and knowledge as require.
  • To attend mandatory study days and identify any specialist additional training relevant to pathway required to enhance knowledge, skills enabling improved care of babies and their families.
  • Manage a clinical nursing workloads and provide care for babies on the unit.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Nursing team develop strategies and safety processes in order to enhance the neonatal service.
  • Works as part of the MDT fostering effective professional relationships to ensure effective communication and seamless service for patients and families.
  • Works across organisational boundaries as an expert practitioner in neonatal care.
  • Practices within the scope of Trust policies and procedures, proposing changes to policy/guidance where updates are required.
  • Works within the remit of national policy frameworks and guidelines relevant to the Neonatal Care (i.e. NICE standards, BFI, BAPM standards).

Management and Leadership
  • Assists the Senior Sisters / Senior Charge Nurses in the organisation and control of all patient care and treatment, maintaining high standards of care
  • Develops leadership skills both professional and managerial
  • Assists in ensuring effective communication with all levels of staff and the whole multidisciplinary team
  • Assists in implementing and developing policies in relation to infant feeding and provide assurance of staff compliance to the management team.
  • Assists in staff training, ensuring competence is achieved in all aspects of neonatal nursing.
  • Initiates and develops new ideas for the improvement of services to patients and families in consultation with the senior leadership team
  • Demonstrates a robust knowledge of health promotion and health education strategies
  • Assists, investigates and reports on complaints from patients / relatives / carers and staff and reports/feeds back senior leadership team
  • Investigates and reports incidents and untoward occurrences providing constructive feedback and solutions.
  • Assists in fostering an environment that empowers staff and is conducive to change and development
  • Maintains a safe environment on the unit for patients/staff and visitors, following trust and national Health & Safety policies
  • Manages effectively, efficiently and economically all available resources both human and commodities
  • Co-operates in the trials of equipment and resources
  • Ensures the safe custody and storage of medications held in the unit (including expressed breast milk) and the practice of a regular checking system
  • Collaborates with professions allied to medicine
  • Attends and assists in service meetings where appropriate. This will include meetings both within and outside of the CBU where collaboration across professional boundaries will be necessary. (e.g. medical staff / midwifery teams)

  • Follows the NMC Codes of Conduct/Practice.
  • Develops research skills in self and others that promotes evidence based practice.
  • Maintains an environment conducive to learning for all staff in training. Is involved in educational audit and liaises with Link Lecturer.
  • Assists in implementing and developing systems of care delivery.
  • Ensures the secure storage of unit documentation.
  • Exercise personal accountability for their practice and ensure that any enlargement or adjustment to practice is achieved without the scope of professional practice.
  • Assists in developments relating to clinical governance.

Staff / Self-Development
  • Agrees personal development plan and reviews progress regularly
  • Assists in maintaining accurate training records
  • Assists in ensuring succession planning
  • Ensures the environment and resources available for staff are conducive to job satisfaction and high morale
  • Assists in ensuring that all staff attend statutory training sessions as per Trust Policy and NMC Regulations
  • Is familiar with the responsibilities of the senior nursing team
  • Assists in supporting the competency led induction programme for new colleagues
  • Is involved in clinical supervision of the junior nursing and health care teams.
  • Assists in setting standards in collaboration with senior staff
  • Cascades standards and audit skills to junior staff
  • Assists in maintaining accurate sickness records and follows Trust Sickness Policy

  • Assists in ensuring staff are trained in the correct usage of equipment.
  • Co-operates with Maintenance Programmes.
  • Assists in maintaining an accurate Asset Register.
  • Assists in recording appropriate patient and staff statistical data.
  • Assists in keeping accurate records of equipment on loan/hire.

Communication & Working Relationships
  • To liaise with and maintain good relationships and communication with all colleagues, seeking advice and support from senior colleagues where appropriate
  • Communicates across organisational boundaries as required.
  • Internal - All multidisciplinary staff across the organisation.
  • External - Outside agencies as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Post registration experience of working on a Neonatal Unit
  • Experience of working in a multicultural work place with a diverse client group
  • Experience of working within an MDT and providing advocacy for colleagues and patients
  • Experienced communicator / listener
  • Experience of supporting junior colleagues


  • Experience of leading a small team



  • Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills
  • Competency in IV Skills
  • Ability to coordinate the day to day running of a busy neonatal intensive care unit when called upon
  • Ability to utilise research and accepted best practice in order to enhance clinical practice
  • Skilled at diplomatically challenging unsatisfactory practice with the aim of achieving a positive outcome for all
  • Able to support initiation of breastfeeding or expressing


  • IT skills



  • RSCN, RN Child or RN Adult
  • ENB 405, Diploma in Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn or equivalent
  • ENB 998, SLIP or practice supervisor/assessor training. Or equivalent comparable experience of providing high quality education to colleagues, students and families


  • Current Newborn Life Support (If you do not poses this you must be committed to completing this within 6 months of appointment)

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bradford Royal Infirmary

Duckworth Lane



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