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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/09/2020.

Neonatal Matron

Job Reference: 188-NM2508

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Women & Newborn
Princess Anne Hopsital, Southampton
£45,753 - £51,668

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is looking for a Neonatal Matron to lead a large and dynamic, award-winning department within our Women and Newborn care group. You will have existing experience of leading teams in providing acute clinical care, be a RN/RSCN/RM and have evidence of on-going professional development.

Here at UHS we recognise the significant contribution your expertise and knowledge make to our families experience and the working relationships you will make with our staff. In light of this we offer a one off payment of £4000 (pro rata) to external candidates who meet the criteria for this important position. In exchange, you will be committed to remain in the department 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


Southampton is home to a large, regional intensive care neonatal unit with 37 beds, including surgical and cardiac specialities and a retrieval and transfer service. We also provide care in the community from a dedicated Home Team.

Princess Anne Hospital where the neonatal unit is situated is a centre of excellence for maternity care and a regional centre for fetal, maternal and neonatal medicine, providing specialist care for women with medical problems during and after pregnancy, and for those whose baby needs extra care before, during and after birth on the neonatal unit and transitional care. UHS also has paediatric intensive care provision and we work in close partnership with them in managing workflow. The unit is currently in the process of expanding its services to include a separate nurse-led special care ward.

There is a focus on neonatal research in the department and we are currently involved with several national and international trials. We employ separate research nurses for recruitment and running of the research projects. We have an established Quality Improvement agenda and are always looking for ways to improve how we work and deliver our care.

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 neonatal unit in 2016. Parents contribute to decisions made about how the unit is run and how their family’s care is delivered.


This role is key to the provision of safe and effective services and the leadership of our clinical teams to provide care with our babies and families at the centre. We expect that all UHS employees demonstrate our values of patient’s first, working together and always improving and the Matron needs to exhibit these in all their actions and decision-making. As Neonatal Matron, you’ll be working closely with our Children’s Hospital and Maternity Matrons to ensure babies are cared for in the right place in partnership with their families.

You will have critical care specialist experience and be able to demonstrate a desire for high standards of practice. You will be able to provide effective and visible leadership to nursing staff and the whole team required to deliver our services. This will be through managerial and professional support on a day-to-day basis within the department. You will be line manager to a team of senior nurses and inspire them to manage and develop their teams. You will have oversight of resource management and budget responsibility. You will use your ability to understand data collected on the unit to monitor and maintain professional standards, to ensure robust governance and effective risk management.


We are looking for a confident, well organised leader who thrives in a dynamic clinical setting. You will have experience at Band 7 or above, appropriate for this specialist setting. Communication skills, both written and verbal are vital in demonstrating sound leadership and management abilities necessary for this role. We would consider applicants with no previous Band 8 experience to join us on a Band 8a contract with a view to develop to 8b within 18 months. To achieve this we would be looking for demonstrations of experience and expertise gained in financial and data management and clinical governance.


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.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 08 October 2020.


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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Fiona Lawson

Neonatal Matron


Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


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