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Neonatal Intensive Care
NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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North Bristol NHS Trust
Employer type
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
£27,055 - £32,934 pa
Salary period
29/03/2023 23:59

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Registered Nurse - Neonatal Intensive Care - Band 5

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.


Job overview

As a band 5 staff nurse working within our team, you will be responsible for the day to day care of babies and their families.

The babies in our care can be as premature at 22 weeks gestation and need many months of neurologically supportive developmental care. We also care for babies born at term with a variety of medical conditions. 

Our team is a well established Level 3 unit providing a centre of excellence for babies requiring medical and neurological assessment and treatment, and a tertiary referral centre for the South west neonatal network.  

Our unit has 34 cots, comprising of 8 ITU ,8 HDU and 18 SC, with an additional 10 cots on our Transitional Care Ward.

Our in house Practice Development team are passionate about professional and personal development and actively encourage those looking to apply for neonatal qualifications when in post. We are also proud to be able to offer support to those keen to transition from adult nursing and midwifery into neonatal intensive care.

Are you?

An experienced Neonatal Intensive care nurse, looking to work in a team providing exceptional care to level 3 babies? 

A Registered nurse looking for a new challenge?

A newly qualified/qualifying Paediatric nurse ready to take the leap from theory to the clinical setting, supported by a structured preceptorship and inspirational team?

Main duties of the job

The Band 5 Staff Nurse will work and communicate effectively within the multidisciplinary team and contribute to the successful provision of the service.
You will be responsible for assessment, planning, provision, maintenance and evaluation of family centred patient care in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team and the infants parents.
The post holder will take responsibility for the supervision and guidance of other staff including health care assistants and students on a daily basis.
You will actively contribute to the provision of a good learning environment by taking on the role of mentor/assessor for learners e.g. Student nurses and support worker roles.






Working for our organisation

North Bristol NHS Trust promotes health and well-being initiatives, devised by our dedicated staff wellbeing team,  that encompasses lifestyle support, physical support and psychological support, and have been nationally recognised by REBA.

we value all staff feedback and actively promote the annual staff surveys, leading to response rates above the national average and the majority of our staff would recommend our organisation as a good place to work. We take responses seriously and  have a good track record in making improvements throughout the organisation.

Our staff don't shy away from a challenge in aid of " Southmead Hospital Charity". They cycle, run, row and race in aid of a fantastic cause or sing in our staff choir and complete in "Southmead Does Strictly". Our NICU team have raced dragon boats, abseiled the Avon gorge, and our Brunel building, they have also trekked The Great Wall of China. 

We're committed to supporting staff on their career journey with us offering individualised opportunities for development, robust pastoral support and specialised training including qualification in specialism. 

Staff are consulted on equity issues across the trust within their staff equality and development groups, with mentoring and support to succeed. Our Trust is supporting the development of Bristol's LGBT+ manifesto and a case study of good practice has been reported in NHS England in response to a government review of public services and Trans people.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

More details of the roles and responsibilities of this post can be found in the accompanying  job description. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or willing to undertake after 2 years post registration
  • Approved Neonatal Life Support Course
  • Child Protection training Level 3 (Level 2 considered but must be prepared to do Level 3 when in post)
Desirable criteria
  • Neonatal qualification in specialism or willingness to undertake

Work Experience

Essential criteria
  • Minimum 1 years and recent (within 18 months) experience in an acute hospital setting (preferably NICU)
  • Expectation to undertake training for extended roles required by the ward/department
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a Neonatal Setting (as a last placement student) or significant evidence of knowledge of specialism
  • Mentorship experience


Essential criteria
  • Advanced communication skills, verbal &written, to include report writing and record keeping
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to undertake shift work
  • Basic computer/IT skills and expectation to develop these in line with the needs of the service ie Email use, ICE, Badgernet, use of electronic databases to search for professional articles
  • Ability to organise own workload.
  • Time management/Basic Problem solving skills
  • Experience/knowledge of family centered care

Pesonal Qualitlies/Speical Circumstances

Essential criteria
  • Flexibility /Punctuality/ Reliability
  • Caring and compassionate attributes
  • Able to work within a diverse community of patients and healthcare professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of caring for babies

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fiona Buckley
Job title
Supervisory ward Sister
Email address
Telephone number
0117 4146816