Recruiting Band 6 Neonatal Nurses

Last updated: 20 September 2023

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Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is excited to be expanding their senior nursing team and currently have opportunities for experienced registered neonatal nurses to join their department. 

If you are interested in this role and want to find out more or apply, please visit: Neonatal Ward Sister/Charge Nurse - NHS Jobs

To discuss this role with a member of the team, please contact Julie Smith, Neonatal Senior Sister, on

Our nursing team, made up of 104 registered nurses and support workers, care for an average of 500 babies a year.

We have outstanding outcomes for our babies - find out how we performed in the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) in 2022 here.

Working on a Level 3 Bliss accredited tertiary neonatal intensive care unit you would experience caring for some of the most complex and pioneering medical care, including total body cooling, HFOV, Nitric Oxide Therapy and Laser ROP.

You will also have access to extended role development in retrieval and neonatal life support, alongside rotational opportunities in Neonatal Outreach, Family Integrated and developmental care, Infant feeding, Education and Research teams.

We know that the secret to our success is through investment in our team, and so in return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we promise you:

  • Fully supported Induction and Orientation programme tailored to your needs.
  • Supportive career development, including opportunities to experience rotations across our service.
  • Access to MSc, postgraduate pathways and continuing professional development at Southampton and Portsmouth Universities.
  • Advanced Leadership and Management training programmes with coaching support whether this is moving into a senior clinical role, or as a future leader in the NHS, we are here to support you on this path. This includes access to the Florence Nightingale Foundation programme.
  • A focus on staff wellbeing and emotional support, including access to our on site wellness centre and training, including emotional resilience.
  • Flexible working opportunities.
  • NHS benefits, including Pension and Discount Schemes.

"We all support one another, working together to deliver the best care to our smallest patients" - Neonatal Sister 

"I previously worked in a public health role after many years of working in neonates, I have since returned and been able to use the knowledge and skills gained to support our Neonatal team to give the best care to babies and their families" - Neonatal Senior Sister

Please note, all applicants must have completed their Qualified in Speciality (QIS) training.

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The Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation awards neonatal units that deliver high quality care to babies and support for their families. We are delighted that our neonatal unit was the second unit in the UK to receive Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation in 2016 and the first neonatal unit to receive Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation for the second time in 2020, a huge achievement.

To find out more: Portsmouth hospital receives Bliss Baby Charter re-accreditation

The Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation is based on a set of interlinkinevidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. We are currently working towards our full accreditation and are proud to have been awarded Stage 1 Accreditation. 

For more information: Unicef Baby Friendly Accreditation