Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – Taunton, Somerset

Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton, Somerset


Our award winning trusts recognise that our colleagues are our most valuable resource, we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and the dedication and conscientiousness of our colleagues. With over 10,000 colleagues working for our trusts in a very wide range of services, we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive.

Potential Trust Merger

Our trust is consulting on a proposed merger to enable Yeovil District hospital and Somerset Foundation Trust to become one combined organisation. If the merger is confirmed your employment will transfer to the newly formed trust in April 2023

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to join Somerset NHS Foundation Trust with an international reputation.  

If you are dedicated to contributing to a team delivering excellence in neonatal care/family integrated care and serious about pursuing a rewarding career at SFT, then this is definitely the place for you.  You will be joining an enthusiastic, friendly, motivated multidisciplinary team working within a centre of excellence for neonatal and maternity care.

Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP) will work on the Medical Tier 1 rota providing advanced care with autonomy in accordance with local and regional guidelines and protocols.

The role of an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP) is built around the four pillars of advanced practice of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research. It is a role with a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making and incorporates the skills of assessment, examination, diagnosis and treatment.

They will demonstrate highly specialist knowledge and skills in the care of sick and preterm babies.

Main duties of the job

The ANNP will take responsibility for babies and families within the maternity and neonatal unit, delivering optimal care: planning, delegating, evaluating care ensuring that evidence-based practice is inherent.

The practitioners will demonstrate clinical expertise, competence, confidence and be able to work within an autonomous and defined scope of practice, in collaboration with healthcare colleagues.

The ANNP is expected to undertake practical procedures as agreed with the consultant Neonatologist. This includes:

  • Endotracheal intubation/ extubation
  • Venous cannulation
  • Central umbilical venous and arterial catherisation
  • Peripheral arterial catheterisation
  • Insertion of percutaneous central venous long lines
  • Venipuncture and capillary blood sampling.
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Supra-pubic aspiration of the bladder
  • Urinary cauterisation of the bladder if necessary.
  • Thoracentesis & Chest drain insertion

The post holders will champion exemplary nursing leadership and advanced nursing practice and to provide neonatal intensive, high dependency, special and transitional care, commensurate with national guidelines and professional standards.

Working for our organisation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Through our training programmes, individuals can earn a salary, develop their skills, and achieve a nationally recognised qualification, all whilst contributing towards delivering excellent patient care.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:

  • Autistic Colleague Network

As an organisationthe NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts.

Somersetis a rural community served by several Community Hospital sites in addition to Musgrove Park Hospital which is only a short walk from the centre of Taunton. Local to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than 1hr from celebrated secluded beaches of Devon and Dorset. With award-winning schools & rolling countryside it's no surprise that Somerset is the choice for those in search of the perfect work-life balance.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As an ANNP you will be expected to-

  • Take the lead role resuscitating sick infants
  • Initiate & assume responsibility for the immediate expert, critical and ongoing management of sick infants and their families
  • Be proficient in advanced skills/procedures such as intubation, cannulation, central lines
  • Practice Independent and Supplementary Prescribing as per policy
  • Take a proactive role in the education of the nursing and medical teams and families of the patients within the neonatal unit
  • Develop audit and research projects in conjunction with the audit facilitator and participate in the updating of unit protocols and guidelines
  • Provide ongoing supervision and support, and participate in the induction and training of the nursing and medical staff
  • Act as a role model and resource for nursing and medical staff, midwives and GPs

Please see the job description for full details.

Person specification

Knowledge & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Qualified ANNP
  • Registered Nurse (adult/midwife/child)
  • New-born life support qualification (NLS)
  • Recognised Neonatal Course e.g ENB 405/QIS

Desirable criteria
  • Teaching/Mentorship Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Post registration experience in neonates
  • Ability to undertake complex drug and fluid calculations

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Susan Fulker
Job title
Neonatal Unit Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01823 342517


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