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Deputy Sister Band 6 Beeding SCBU Neonatal

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum and pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
Join Our Team at Beeding SCBU: Exciting Opportunity for a Neonatal Nurse Deputy Sister in Worthing, West Sussex.

Are you an experienced Neonatal Nurse seeking a new and exciting challenge? Do you want the opportunity to enhance your leadership, management and professional development? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you at Beeding SCBU in Worthing.

We are a Level 1 unit with 12 cots, providing care for babies born at 31 weeks gestation and above. Out unit includes 2 High Dependency cots and 10 special care cots. We are dedicated to Family Integrated Care, supporting families to care for their babies in preparation for discharge, with continued support from our neonatal outreach teams.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 6 Deputy Sister with good communication as well as qualification in neonatal speciality to join our talented team. As a proficient practitioner, you will take charge of the ward in the absence of the ward sister, providing supervision, mentorship, and teaching of junior staff. You will play a key role in maintaining the highest standards of care for neonates and their families, ensuring adherence to trust policies and procedures.

There is a comprehensive Band 6 Development Plan for two years which is due to be launched soon.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide care for babies born for stabilisation, possible transfers, including high dependency and special care.
  • Lead and support the team in the absence of the Ward Sister.
  • Supervise, mentor and teach junior staff, acting as a role model.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of staff.
  • Develop personal development plans for staff in conjunction with the ward sister.

Why Join Us?
  • Work in a dynamic and supportive environment.
  • Opportunities for professional development in leadership and academic skills.
  • Be part of a team dedicated to providing the best care for neonates and their families.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient Care Delivery

Manage a group of assigned patients, recognising situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the neonate and to take appropriate action.

Plan, assess, implement and evaluate nursing care for neonates. Co-ordinate patient care and start planning for discharge from admission by liaising with multi-disciplinary team and neonatal outreach.

Provide information and support for families, liaising with relevant support services as appropriate.

Ensures there is a high standard of documentation which is accurate, legible and meets all legal requirements.

Able to set up, use and maintain all equipment used on patients within the ward and attend training as necessary.

Recognise and assess emergencies occurring in neonates, children and young people and take appropriate action.

Able to administer intravenous therapy safely.

Maintain a safe, friendly and welcoming ward environment for families, visitors and staff and where family centred care is practised.

Display an understanding and supportive attitude towards colleagues to create a pleasant work environment.

Ensure clinical practice is research based. Contribute to the implementation of practice enhancements, seeking support and guidance. Take personal responsibility to develop an awareness of local, regional and national objectives, policies and political agenda.

Work within the Code of Professional Conduct and all other NMC directives.

Keep post-registration education and practice (PREP) up to date and in line with knowledge and skills outline.

Adhere to trust and area child protection procedures.

Attend regular mandatory training/updates in child protection.

Liaise with safeguarding nurse and looked after childrens nurse as required

Support the ward sister in promoting awareness of child protection within the team and ward environment.

Please see attached Job Description for full details.

Person Specification

Essential Critreia


  • RN adult/RSCN/RM
  • Qualified in Speciality
  • Educated to Degree Level
  • NLS


  • Recent NICU experience
  • Leadership development
  • Evidence of professional developement

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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