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Neonatal Deputy Sister

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024
The post holder will be a proficient clinical practitioner who will take charge of the ward in the absence of the ward sister. They will support the ward sister in her role and will be able to supervise, mentor and teach junior staff, acting as a role-model, in order to ensure that optimum standards of care are delivered at all times to neonates and their families.

They will be involved in the recruitment and selection of staff and in developing their personal development plans. In conjunction with the ward sister they are responsible for ensuring that trust policies and procedures are adhered to and that trust objectives are met.

We have a full time vacancy for an experienced neonatal nurse with qualification in specialty to join our team at SCBU in Chichester as a Band 6 Deputy Sister.

We are a Level 1 unit with 12 cots and are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic team player to lead our talented team of nurses.

Main duties of the job

To provide care for babies born 32 weeks gestation and above with 2 High Dependency cots and 10 special care cots. We are working towards Family Integrated Care in order to support families to learn to care for their babies in preparation for discharge with the support of our neonatal outreach teams in order to continue to provide support at home.

If you are an experienced neonatal nurse with a passion for neonatal and special care looking to a change or to advance your practice, please do contact us for more information.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Deputy Sister with a neonatal specialty qualification. The successful candidates must be motivated, enthusiastic, possess good communication and clinical skills. If successful, you will be supported in your development and provided with opportunities to work on your leadership and academic skills further.

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

To be a proficient clinical practitioner who will take charge for the ward in absence of the ward sister.

To support, supervise and mentor junior colleagues and student nurses as as well as act as a role-model in order to given the highest standards of care to our neonates and families.

To provide specialist advice and support whilst working collaboratively with all the Multi-disciplinary teams.

Be involved in recruitment and selection of staff and in developing their personal development plans. In conjunction with the ward sister, be responsible for ensuring trust policies and procedures are adhered to and that the trust objectives are met.

Person Specification

use application form and interview


  • RN, RSCN, RM
  • Qualified in Specialty, ENB 405
  • ENB 998 /Mentorship qualification
  • Educated to Diploma Level
  • Recent acute neonatal expereince
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience
  • Minimum of at least 9 months experience in post qualified in specialty training


  • Newborn Life Support
  • Leadership Qualification
  • Precious Tertiary experience
  • Previous band 6 experience

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Richards Hospital

Spitalfield Lane


PO19 6SE

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