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Nurse Specialist - Transitional Care

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our innovative Transitional Care (TC) team. This will be a fixed term contract of 9 months to cover maternity leave full time hours only. This new service offers 24/7 transitional care for parents and their babies, promoting family integrated care, until they are well enough for discharge. We are looking for nurses with neonatal experience who can promote change and work autonomously to deliver high quality care.

We would also consider a current Band 5 who hasn't undertaken the Newborn Examination course, if successful at interview to come into the role and complete the course and competencies, within 6-8 weeks, as a Band 5 before uplifting to a Band 6.

o Interview Date 31 July 2024

o 34 Hours/Week

o You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated Specialist Nurse to be responsible for reviewing and planning care, working collaboratively with midwives, medical team, nursery nurses and the Neonatal team. This is a fabulous opportunity to be part of the team and be involved in delivering an extremely high standard of care whilst providing support, training and education to other nurses within the team.

Essential qualifications:

o Neonatal qualification or equivalent experienceo Ability to complete Newborn examination and input the data into NIPEo Breast feeding knowledge

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Band 6

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust define a nurse specialist as a qualified nurse where the primary purpose of role is to provide guidance and support based on advanced level knowledge to patients, carers and health professionals concerning a specific disease/condition.

Within the sphere of specialist practice:
  • Is working towards advanced knowledge and skills within specialist sphere of practice
  • Contributes to the facilitation of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care pathways for a designated group of patients
  • Support the development of nursing practice within the specialist field and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge
  • Contributes to training and education within specialist area

Band 5

This is a development post working under the supervision of an experienced transport nurse and medical staff.
  • Accountable for assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating high quality patient care
  • Provide effective support to both patient and carers throughout their care pathway
  • Act as role model, teacher and supervisor for junior staff and students, participating in mentor and preceptorship programmes
  • To abide by Trust policies and procedures
  • Provide support for and depending on experience deputise for nurse in charge in their absence
  • Act as patient advocate in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code
  • Work collaboratively as an effective member of MDT

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Meets All Band 6 Criteria


  • oRegistered nurse (appropriate to branch)
  • oCurrent NMC registration
  • oDiploma plus specialist qualifications / experience within specialist area prepared to take degree level study
  • oMeets Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for student supervision and assessment (formally Mentorship) if relevant to role
  • oCurrent driving licence if relevant to role
  • oSome post registration experience within related specialist area of practice
  • oExtended clinical practice underpinned by training supervision & assessment
  • oKnowledge and understanding of relevant NHS policy or project specific policy context
  • oHas understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding
  • oEvidence of on-going continuous professional development
  • oGood IT skills
  • oEffective report writing skills
  • oAble to work independently and as a member of a team
  • oEffective organisation and time management skills


  • oDegree in health related subject
  • oResearch or audit experience
  • oEvidence of contribution towards education and training programmes
  • oChange management skills and involvement in project work

Meets All Band 5 Criteria


  • Understanding of adult/child safeguarding processes
  • Basic IT skills
  • Excellent neonatal clinical skills
  • Effective record keeping
  • Effective organisational and time management skills
  • Experience in Neonatal Intensive care
  • Relevant & recent experience
  • Registered Nurse (appropriate to branch)
  • NMC registration
  • Diploma/Degree in Nursing (completed or willingness to undertake) or equivalent experience


  • Meets Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements for mentorship if relevant to role
  • Evidence of achievements and career development in current post and of ongoing professional development
  • Awareness of current relevant NHS policy context
  • Has understanding / experience of adult / child safeguarding
  • Excellent speciality knowledge
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in Neonatal nursing
  • Relevant clinical skills relating to the specialty e.g. cannulation, IV drug administration
  • Relevant specialist qualification
  • APLS/EPLS/NLS Course

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Victoria Infirmary

317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary


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