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Nursery Nurse

Band 4

Main area
Perintal - Mother and Baby
Band 4
37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
Hellesdon Hospital
£21,089 - £23,761 gross per annum
19/09/2019 23:59

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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A brand new 8 bedded mother and baby unit is opened January 2019 based at Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich. The unit admits mothers together with their babies, preventing separation, while the mother receives inpatient mental health treatment.

One in five women experience post or ante natal depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth.

We will provide specialist care for women and their babies with moderate to severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, severe depression or psychosis during the late stages of pregnancy or in the first 12 months after birth. By providing specialist therapeutic care and opportunities parents are able to build a secure bond with their babies while also receiving treatment for their mental health.

The role of the nursery nurse within the team will be to provide parents with opportunities to positively interact and connect with their babies. These opportunities will empower parents to support and understand the development of their baby and meet their holistic needs.

As a nursery nurse you will need to be able to bring a flexible approach to working with mothers and their babies while offering broad range of appropriate activities. These activities will focus on supporting the parents to recognise and understand their babies’ needs and cues.

A good understanding of infant development and care will be essential to this role and experience or interest in working in adult mental health. Your previous experience and knowledge as a nursery nurse can help these families to grow and develop together.

At times there may be a need for the team to provide primary care to the baby while their mother receives the needed treatment or for the nursery nurse to support the mother with her mental health needs.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team providing a high level of care for both the mothers and their babies. Therefore good inter personal, communication and organisational skills are required. This post does require full PMA fitness (full training will be given) and to be able to work shifts including nights and weekends.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.
  • Up to £5,000 relocation package / removal benefit (only applicable to external candidates subject to terms and conditions)

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Why re-locate to Norfolk? Norfolk is filled with historic market towns and some of the most beautiful villages in the country. It is the perfect location for peace and tranquillity and you are never more than an hour away from our unspoilt and sandy beaches, wildlife and family themed activity places, such as Thetford Forest, Africa Alive and Pleasurewood Hills. Norfolk is the ideal location to enhance your Wellbeing and gives you the ability to make the most of the work/life balance we offer.

However if you are looking for something more vibrant, then Norwich City Centre is for you. A buzz with Art Culture, Cobbled Streets and a Castle! Norwich offers an impressive mix of stylish restaurants, Cafes, Theatres, Cinemas, Clubs and Bars and of course our own Football Stadium which has the largest Family fan base in the U.K. Commutable to Ipswich, Cambridge and London (only being 1hr ¾ away) – Norfolk really is the holiday feel destination that you can call home. Have a look at our trust website ( to find out more about living and working in Norwich and Norfolk.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.

CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interviews are to be confirmed, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Laura Barnes or Susan Stolworthy on 01603 786745