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Matron- Local Neonatal Unit

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
We are looking for an exceptional, highly motivated, innovative leader with neonatal experience to join our Matron team within the Womens, Childrens, Cancer and Support Services Care Group. The Matron for the Local Neonatal Unit (NICU) at University Hospital Dorset.

The Neonatal service currently based at Poole hospital is part of the Trusts exciting transformation programme and will be moving to the newly built BEACH building at Royal Bournemouth Hospital in April 2025. We are looking for a leader who will support the NICU teams to maintain high quality care to our babies and their families, and utilise their experience to support the transformation work, to enable the team to be ready to move in 2025.

Main duties of the job

The Neonatal service is a Level 2 service which works collaboratively within the Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal Network receiving referrals from Dorchester and Tertiary centre links within the Wessex region. The Neonatal services comprises of 20 cots: 10 ITU/HDU and 10 special care cots with close working relationships with our maternity team and multi-disciplinary team.

We have close working relationships with our high risk obstetric service and fetal medicine team, and care for many complex and preterm infants. As a regional centre we accept both in and ex utero transfers from a wide geographical area. We take pride in exceptional outcomes for our families, with a robust commitment to ongoing quality improvement. There are fully integrated support services of pharmacy, social services, family support, dietetics, radiology, speech and language therapy and occupational Therapy. Our team regularly contributes to national meetings as well as national working groups from CRG, BAPM to NICE. We work closely with our colleagues in maternity including in the MatNeo QI programmes of work.

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical and professional leadership to the Neonatal services and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners team ensuring that action is taken at all levels to empower nurses/midwives to provide high standards of care in a safe environment.
  • To act as a professional role model, demonstrating the trust vision and values and ensuring that staff work within regulatory, legal and trust policies and procedures in maintaining and improving standards utilising resources available.
  • Take responsibility for overall monitoring of clinical standards within teams or services including overall responsibility for safe staffing, standards of clinical practice and the setting clear objectives for development, ensuring agreed programmes of work are running to plan, and promptly escalating any cause for concern through appropriate communication channels.

Person Specification



  • 1st Level Registered nurse/Midwife /AHP on relevant part of the Register.
  • Relevant post registration specialist training at masters level equivalent.


  • Masters degree



  • Proven track record of operational management in the acute healthcare setting managing a ward / service/ department. Including staff, financial/
  • Experience of being accountable for the delivery of a clinical/nursing service


  • Experience within the Neonatal service
  • Experience writing clinical policies and procedures.

Tecnical skills


  • Ability to demonstrate expert clinical and nursing knowledge.
  • Budgetary experience


  • Evidence of advanced leadership qualities.



  • Extensive knowledge of National and Local NHS care and Nursing & Midwifery agenda
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge for field of practice, underpinned by theory and experience.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust



St Mary's Road


BH15 2LG

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