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Band 6 - Junior Sister/Charge Nurse, Woodland Neonatal Unit, WACS

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year inc HCA
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Junior Sister/Charge Nurse to join our Woodland Neonatal Unit, at Watford General Hospital.

We are looking for full time or part time Band 6 Neonatal Nurses, who want to work with our well established friendly neonatal team, to deliver the highest standards of neonatal care.

The Woodland Neonatal Unit at Watford Hospital is a busy local neonatal unit (LNU) within the East of England Neonatal network. The unit admits baby requiring intensive care, high dependency and special care.

In addition, we manage a 6 bedded Transitional Care Unit in postnatal ward. We are committed to the provision of high quality evidence based practice to meet the needs of parents and babies incorporating family centred care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder:
  • Should have expertise in working with complex cases that will require intensive support and excellent clinical knowledge
  • Will be required to have excellent communication skills
  • Should be confident in their approach, show initiative, have excellent leadership skills and be organised.
  • Has the ability to motivate themselves and others and be personally and professionally mature.
  • Works in a highly autonomous manner and able to appropriately manage clinical risk when it arises during clinical practice, while having recourse to other professionals for guidance

The post requires experience, knowledge and skills of working in a neonatal unit at senior level. Previous Band 6 or management experience is desirable. The successful candidate will lead/coordinate shifts, be able to work well independently and within the team and support junior staff as well as pre-registration student nurses.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

Be responsible for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care without supervision

Take charge of the Neonatal unit on a regular basis, acting as shift co-ordinator and will undertake designated management role

Will actively participate and promote practice development and the creation of a learning environment

Provides clinical, educational and emotional support to parents/carers

Provides clear clinical leadership to staff, deputising for the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse in her/his absence.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Registered Nurse (RGN/Midwife/Child).
  • Current registration with NMC.
  • Post registration
  • Current NLS certification Teaching and assessing qualification and or mentorship module Safeguarding Children training (Level1-3)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Certificate in leadership and management training.
  • C. Post registration. Neonatal Intensive Care qualification. Current NLS certification Teaching and assessing qualification and or mentorship module Safeguarding Children training (Level1-3) Evidence of continuing professional development Certificate in leadership and management training. Appraisal training Degree in Children's/Neonatal Nursing



  • Have a depth neonatal nursing knowledge, integrating theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of handling complaints and clinical incidents.
  • Knowledge of risk management and Health and safety issues
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children
  • Knowledge of HR processes and their practical delivery.
  • Knowledge on audit processes, reporting and action planning.
  • Knowledge of computers and Badgernet system


  • Current knowledge of research developments within neonatal care.
  • Knowledge and active involvement of research/audit.
  • Knowledge of Neonatal network



  • Experience at Band 6 role
  • Shift leading/Nurse in charge role.
  • Attending emergency situations within neonatal and maternity setting.
  • Previous experience of mentoring/ coaching.
  • Team building.
  • Formulation and monitoring of policies/guideline
  • Change management.
  • Experience working collaboratively and influencing the Multidisciplinary team


  • Management and leadership experience



  • Excellent level of neonatal clinical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills Influencing and negotiation
  • Well-developed critical thinking, analysis and judgement skills.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own and others workload and manage time appropriately.
  • Ability to manage under pressure and has a proven record of meeting deadlines
  • Effective teaching, training and preceptorship skills.
  • Effective team working with the ability to work autonomously.
  • Able to develop and motivate a team of staff acting as role model.
  • Ability to make use of available resources
  • Able to work and communicate effectively across professional team and organizational boundaries
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Ability to use initiative, lead a team and develop others

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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