Neonatal Unit Senior Staff Nurse
Internationally renowned for clinical excellence, The Portland Hospital is the only independent hospital in the UK entirely dedicated to women and children. Our inpatient and outpatient specialties reflect this, providing clinical expertise in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Women`s Health.
The hospital has been consistently growing over the past few years, almost doubling since 2008.
The Portland Neonatal Unit consists of 6 cots, 3 of which are Intensive Care and 3 Special Care. The unit serves the maternity department which carries out approximately 2,000 deliveries a year with women attending for delivery from throughout the UK and abroad. The caseload ranges from premature infants, infants with congenital and surgical diagnosis to infants requiring short term nursing support. Most will remain within the unit, with a small number of infants with cardiac and complex surgical diagnosis being transferred to Harley Street Clinic for further treatment.
Admissions are emergency and planned for babies 30 weeks and over with current plans to reduce the admission criteria to 28 weeks in 2014. This is a unique service which is renowned for delivering.
high quality care. All Neonatal Consultants covering care within the unit have NHS contracts to ensure best practice. Staffing ratios are high and parents receive a service that is excellent, supported by the latest technology and equipment
To assess, plan, deliver and implement a high standard of nursing care whilst responding to individual needs, be able to provide management and leadership to all junior staff, participate in education programmes, maintaining the standards of care for children’s services, to develop and maintain positive Consultant relationships, able promote and enhance patient focused care by assessing areas of risk in relation to patient safety and implementing initiatives to improve patient experience
Salary between £39,135 and £43,048 plus enhancement and HCA benefits (dependent on experience)
This is a full time role working 37.5hrs per week - internal rotation, including long days, nights and weekends.
Duties & Responsibilities
As a member of the nursing team, ensure high standards of nursing care are met and maintained
Assess, plan and deliver care, based on research and evidence based current practice
Ensure all organization policies are adhered to by self and others
Work within the agreed nursing procedures providing safe care for patients
Ensures holistic family centred care is provided to all users of the service
Support and act as role model for junior staff, promoting a learning environment
Ensure support for junior and senior colleagues in the cost effective provision of care , including manpower resources and appropriate use of clinical and non clinical supplies
To carry out all duties in accordance with personnel policies and procedures pertaining to staff
To understand and comply with the control of drugs act regulations administering IV drugs when certified under “extended role of the nurse” within NMC regulations
Ensure appropriate and timely referral of children requiring the services of external agencies, including social services and child protection advisors
To provide nursing advice to support and facilitate high quality, individualised care to newborns and their families without supervision, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team.
Work with the unit sister in the management of the clinical area. This will involve dealing with complex situations and having to take appropriate action in emergency or unforeseen situations.
Skills & Experience
To be able to Demonstrable knowledge and experience post qualification
• NMC Registration with valid RGN / RM / RN (Child). First level degree or diploma in neonatal practice (QIS)
• ENB 405 / R23 / A99
• Evidence of on-going professional development.
• Basic Adult and Newborn Life Support
• Understanding of Safeguarding issues
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Competent with computers and able to use clinical systems
• Knowledge of clinical governance and evidence of experience with audits
• Ability to work within a team and independently
About The Individual
• Caring but assertive
• Ability to lead and use one’s own initiative
• Able to work to pressure
• Punctual with good time management
• To have an awareness and understanding of cross cultural needs