Job overview


Are you an experienced Band 5 Neonatal Nurse or a Band 6 nurse looking for a new challenge? We are seeking passionate Band 6s qualified in specialty neonatal nurses to join our NICU team at CUH to deliver excellence in neonatal care. You will develop and maintain clinical, leadership and management skills in a highly supportive senior team structure working across the ITU, HDU and SCBU clinical areas.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of three tertiary centres for the Eastern Neonatal Network and part of the East of England Neonatal ODN. The unit admits babies requiring tertiary care including surgery and neurosurgery. This modern unit is part of the Perinatal Centre in The Rosie Hospital. We have recently gained a Bliss Baby Charter Bronze Award and as part of this, updated areas of the unit to improve the neonatal journey for families. Also hosted in the trust are the Regional transport Service and the core ODN Team, which also offer unique opportunities to staff wishing to broaden their experience outside of the NICU.

We will offer you a full and comprehensive orientation package and professional support tailored to your individual needs with ongoing support from the Neonatal Clinical Education Team in order for you to achieve your full potential. You will have the opportunity to join a link team to have a positive impact on the family journey and we are starting to develop and offer dedicated QIS learning opportunities for your continued professional development.


Main duties of the job


The post holder will be responsible for providing safe and effective care to intensive care, high dependency and special care neonates without direct supervision in any situation. Assess care needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care. Participate in the supervision, mentorship and appraisal of pre and post registration staff. Regularly co-ordinate the management of the unit. Coordinate the management of special care, high dependency or intensive care room. Demonstrate leadership ability.


Working for our organization


Come Nurse with us…

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It’s a great place to nurse, work and live.
You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel; we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development.

Our values of Together – Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality; this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people’s age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of £1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country – Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England – GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 9 June 2024

Interviews are due to be held in the week commencing 17 June 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

•    Our values and reputation for outstanding care
•    Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
•    Career and development opportunities
•    Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
•    Research experience and opportunities
•    Lovely location and quality of life
•    Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • First Level registration (part 1, 8, 12 or 15)
  • Post registration experience neonatal critical care qualification
  • Safeguarding children Level 1, 2 and 3 training
  • Teaching/ assessing qualification\ mentoring course
  • NLS course

Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of degree level study
  • ENP course


Essential criteria

  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience at band 5 QIS in a level 2 or 3 neonatal unit
  • Continuing experience as a mentor to student and learners
  • Experience of ward management/ shift co-ordinating
  • Familiar with neonatal inter hospital transfer
  • Experience of undertaking appraisals

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in the care of neonates requiring surgical treatment


Essential criteria

  • To display professional knowledge and understanding within own practice
  • To have a depth of contemporary neonatal nursing knowledge, integrating theory and practice
  • To have a contemporary knowledge of professional nursing strategy
  • An overall understanding of neonatal care

Desirable criteria

  • Willingness to acquire further skills and knowledge relevant to a band 6 post
  • Leadership course


Essential criteria

  • Competent to care for all levels of infants in a safe and effective manner without direct supervision
  • Able to carry the neonatal crash bleep and attend deliveries as an active member of the resuscitation team
  • Ability to transfer babies internally unsupervised
  • To work well under pressure and during time of high activity
  • To effectively manage and co-ordinate an area/shift
  • To work flexibly within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication and decision making skills

Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of caring for infants requiring INO and high frequency oscillation or evidence of other specialist neonatal treatments and conditions

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria

  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Calm and understanding approach
  • Personal integrity and reliability
  • Maintaining a neat and tidy appearance
  • Demonstrate ability to manage time and prioritise effectively
  • Willingness to assist with other duties as required
  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions.

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