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Practice Development Nurse - Neonatal Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inc. HCA
Closing date
11 Jul 2024
Join our well established Practice Development Nurse (PDN) team on the Neonatal Unit at the Evelina London Children's Hospital part of Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust. We are a tertiary referral centre incorporating 20 NICU, 12 HDU and 14 special care cots. We provide an unrivalled breadth of experience, caring for babies with surgical, cardiac, neurological, renal and metabolic disorders as well as those born prematurely.

With our large nursing workforce the PDN's are responsible for the education and teaching of pre and post registration student nurses. The post holder will be responsible for the organisation and planning of clinical placement and study days for students and staff.

Newly qualified cohorts of band 5 staff nurses have a tailor made developmental programme to provide them theoretical and practical support as they transition to become independent practitioners. The PDN team take full responsibility for this which has improved retention of our Band 5 nurses.

Other exciting aspects of the role include participating in recruitment, teaching resuscitation training, Implementing new medical equipment and continuous educational updates.

There is an expectation that you would continue to maintain your highly developed clinical skills by working rostered shifts on the neonatal unit to ensure you provide and teach up to date evidence based care.

Closing date 10th July 2024

Interview Date: 23rd July 2024

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for developing and co-ordinating education initiatives within the speciality. To lead and take continuing responsibility for the in-service development of all nursing staff working within their area of specialty. To provide leadership and motivation to establish clinical practices, which is research/evidence-based and lead to standard setting and regular audit in line with the Trust's commitment to Clinical Governance. To monitor and review clinical and professional standards of care, reporting on performance, and instituting remedial action where necessary.

This advert is open to all applicants with an active Nursing and Midwifery Council Personal Identification number (PIN) (this refers to an NMC Pin identification that allows you to work as a registered nurse/midwife in the UK. This does not include the Personal reference number (PRN) when you apply pre-OSCE application).

If you have a PRN number only please do not apply for this post. You can contact Capital Nurse or Capital Midwife ( ) to find out details on how to apply for International Nurse or Midwifery jobs

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are a large supportive neonatal team who take pride in the high standards of care that we deliver. Teamwork between all disciplines is paramount and this is clearly demonstrated in the positive outcomes of the infants that we care for.

We proactively seek to develop and nurture our staff so they can succeed in their nursing career aspirations. As part of the PDN team you will help to facilitate this.

We run our own in house QIS modules which will provide you with the opportunity to develop and improve your teaching skills. As well as participate in curriculum development and the strategic planning and management of the programme throughout the year.

The PDN team have close collaborative working opportunities with the PDN's from the Evelina London Children's Hospital and Practice Development Midwives from maternity services.

We are one of the biggest and busiest neonatal units in the country and can offer a wealth of experience to enhance your career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for details of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality.
  • Practice teacher qualification
  • Specialist professional knowledge of mentorship, education and development practice to Masters level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous personal, professional and academic development


  • Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice (Education)
  • NVQ assessor course
  • Intention/desire to undertake Master's in Education.

Previous experience


  • Significant post registration experience within the speciality
  • Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating training sessions / programmes
  • Experience of mentoring/ supervising/ assessing students in practice
  • Experience of managing a team or caseload
  • Experience of involvement in educational initiatives
  • Experience of performance management


  • Experience as clinical facilitator

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability


  • Understanding of the principles of teaching and learning and their application within the practice setting
  • Knowledge of local, regional and national policies pertaining to practice experience and education
  • Knowledge of recruitment, selection and disciplinary procedures.
  • Evidence of excellent clinical skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Demonstrate values and behaviours
  • Gives examples of how applies Trust values and behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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