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Neonatal sister / charge nurse

Band 6

Main area
Women & newborn
Band 6
Full Time / Part Time
Job ref
Princess Anne Hospital
£30,401 - £37,267 pa pro rata
10/03/2020 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) Neonatal unit, we are looking to recruit a registered nurse or midwife with a post-registration qualification in neonatal nursing to join our team as a sister. The Neonatal unit is currently in the process of undergoing development and expanding its services.

We will consider applications from senior band 5 applicants with neonatal experience, however, they will need to be able to complete all band 6 competencies within a 6 month period to be banded at a band 6 level.


 We offer a specialist service to a population across the South Coast region, providing intensive, high and special care, as well as a community outreach team. We host SONeT, the regional transfer service, ensuring that families receive care in the most appropriate unit, closest to their home. There is an opportunity to work with the transport service, which will provide you with a wide range of varied experiences. Our patients here in Southampton have access to a range of speciality teams including neonatal surgery and cardiac services. Our tertiary centre supports over 6000 births per annum and is host to the high-risk obstetric and fetal medicine service.

We feel passionate that families should feel involved in their baby’s care and work in partnership with them. This is reflected in the receipt of the ‘Improving Care Award’ from Bliss to our unit in 2016. We are funded to achieve BAPM staffing recommendations by 2020; you could be a part of our staffing plan enabling us to achieve this.

We will offer you continued education, opportunities in care covering the full ITU spectrum of services and the chance to work with a supportive and dedicated team. Here at UHS, we recognise the significant contribution your skills and expertise make. In light of this we are offering a one off payment of £4000 (pro rata) to new external applicants with active NMC pins and a relevant post-registration neonatal nursing qualification appointed within our neonatal services, to show our commitment to you. In exchange, you will be committed to remaining with your allocated ward area for a minimum of 12 months.

Recruitment payments are not applicable to individuals who are moving from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust or any NHS staff working within Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. These Trusts include;  Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust,  Solent NHS Trust,  Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,  Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust,  Isle of Wight NHS Trust,  South Central Ambulance NHS Trust. 

Recruitment and retention premium payments are subject to terms and conditions and are paid on a pro rata basis.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. At University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust:

We put patients first and will support your drive to deliver compassionate care to all babies and their families.

We work together with you to enable you to be a key team member, inspirer and motivator to your colleagues. We will provide you with the guidance and support you need to assist you in achieving your maximum potential.

We are always improving, embracing our continued involvement with research. We invest in our staff’s education, training and development. We are open to your ideas to improve efficiency and service. We will empower you to have a strong sense of ownership for the unit and team members.


You will be required to:

-Act as a role model to nursing staff, encouraging effective working relationships and development of a cohesive nursing team.

-Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, ensuring good communication throughout

-Support a range of learners in practice and support colleagues to promote effective learning in practice

-Act up for the ward manager in times of absence


To be suitable for this role you will be an individual that is:

-Self-motivated, capable, caring and dynamic.

-You will have the ability to prioritise workload and demonstrate an ability to lead.

-You will have a proven track record of clinical excellence, hold a post-registration neonatal qualification and have gained a teaching or mentorship qualification.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.


Interviews will be held on 19th March, 2020

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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