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Neonatal Staff Nurse

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
20 Jul 2024
Our Neonatal unit has 18 cots, which is comprised of 2 intensive cots, 4 high dependency cots and 12 special care cot's. We are a designated Local Neonatal Unit, (Level 2), providing excellent care for preterm babies from 27 weeks' gestation and for sick new born babies. We provide stabilisation for babies born at lower gestations prior to transfer to tertiary units by a designated network transport team.As a band 5 nurse you will work alongside an experienced team to provide care to a range of babies with a variety of conditions.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for experienced Neonatal nurses to join an enthusiastic, friendly, motivated multidisciplinary team whose focus is on the baby and family. We are committed to delivering the highest standard of care to our babies and their families. You will be joining a team who work a variety of shifts including internal rotation to night duty. Opportunities exist for personal development and staff are supported to undertake additional training as required. We also offer a very well received programme of simulation training sessions which develop knowledge and skills in neonatal practices.

Friendly vibe to the whole ward

Amazing staff and very supportive and welcoming

Great Teamwork

Great working relationship with families

Well established, supportive and welcoming team

High quality care with a focus on Family Centered Care

Breast Feeding accredited Level 2 unit

Home of the Periprem project

Opportunities to development of role

Would you like the opportunity to work in a unit that inspires the kind of feedback you can read above?

About us

Our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect - are a golden thread running through everything we do. These values serve as a guiding principle, driving us towards our vision of delivering great joined up services to our local community. Whether at home, in the community, or within the hospital, our goal is to empower individuals to lead independent and healthier lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Take responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating neonatal nursing care on a shift by shift basis consistent with evidence based practice for babies and their families within the special care, high dependency and intensive care nursery, ensuring that fundamental needs for individual babies and parents are met and that care is evaluated and care plans are up to date and relevant.

2. Ensure the safe dispensation of drugs, within Trust and NMC guidelines and maintain knowledge of side effects and other contra-indications.

3. Maintain clinical skills and competencies ensuring ability to meet the needs of the patient.

4. Co-ordinate the effective admission, transfer and discharge of individual children in line with Trust policy.

5. Discuss options and support parents in making informed choice in their plan of care e.g. feeding methods, audiology checks, blood transfusion, and new-born screening programme.

6. Adhere to the Trusts safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure that knowledge and practise enables children to be safeguarded.

7. Promote the importance of the modification of the environment, taking into account the individual developmental needs of the infant e.g. positioning and minimal handling of very low birth weight babies.

8. Work with all members of the team to participate and respond to suggestions and complaints, evaluate patient and carers experience of the service, liaise with the sister in charge, make recommendations and develop the service within the clinical area, implementing agreed actions to improve services.

9. Actively participate in link roles providing verbal and written updates to the team.

10. Promote and actively participate in the Trust and Childrens Services Nursing Strategy

11. Participate in the development of a programme of continuing education for all staff within the team. Act as a mentor to new staff and students and provide a suitable learning environment and provide educational and developmental opportunities, supporting staff in achieving professional competencies and knowledge and ensuring practice within the unit is evidence based.

12. Demonstrate a professional approach to work and act in accordance with Trust Policies and the NMC Code of Professional conduct.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Willingness to undertake Neonatal qualification if not already held


  • FLAP or equivalent
  • Neonatal experience
  • Level 3 safeguarding children



  • Manage assigned caseload
  • Basic understanding of important aspects of caring for babies
  • Understanding of family centred care


  • participation in audit and research

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Demonstrate reflective practice.
  • Ability to develop personal & unit initiatives.
  • Understanding of the concept of clinical supervision.
  • Evidence of effective child protection and safeguarding working.


  • Evidence of recent clinical development/best practice and integration theory into practice
  • Evidence based knowledge of wide variety of paediatric conditions.
  • Understanding of audit tools to support good practice

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road



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