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Miss Victoria Payne RN, ANNP, BA, Dip/He, PGDip, PGCAP

Principal Teaching Fellow and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Vicky qualified as a registered nurse in Paediatrics from King’s College University, London. Post- qualifying, she specialised in neonatal intensive care nursing, completing her neonatal qualified in speciality modules. With a passion for neonatal care and advancing nursing practice, she continued to advance her knowledge and skills by undertaking the Advanced Neonatal Clinical Practice MSc programme.

With a drive to improve the quality of neonatal care, she is undertaking a PhD researching the implementation of complex interventions aimed at reducing neonatal infections, as well as helping to train future generations of ANNPs studying on the Advanced Neonatal Clinical Practice MSc programme. She works as a Principal Teaching Fellow on the Msc programme, as a module lead as well as designing and delivering sessions on aspects of advanced nursing practice and advanced clinical skills.  She has also supported the Newborns’ Vietnam educational programme as a volunteer, training and teaching neonatal nurses abroad. 

She has presented the preliminary stages of her PhD work at several international conferences, including an oral presentation at the European Association of Paediatric Societies conference (2016), the RCN International Nursing Conference (April 2017), and as a poster at the Neonatal Society meeting (June 2016).  

She was honoured to be an invited speaker at the international 99NICU conference in April 2019 where she presented some preliminary research findings.

Research interests

My area of interest is improving the quality of neonatal care, and I am currently investigating the implementation of complex interventions aimed at reducing central-line associated bloodstream infections in neonates. I am interested in the translation of evidence into clinical practice, in particular how healthcare professionals implement, embed and sustain change.

PhD Research:

An investigation into the implementation of a complex intervention aimed at reducing central-line associated bloodstream infections in the neonatal unit


Dr Jacqui Prieto

Dr M Johnson

Funding received from the RCN Professional Bursary Award

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

I split my time between working as a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton and working clinically as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at UHS NHS Foundation Trust.

When in clinical practice, I take a lead role on ward rounds, making complex decisions for neonatal patients, attending high risk deliveries and retrieving sick and premature newborns from around the region as part of the SoNET Transport service. I am a non-medical prescriber and have also undertaken a non-medical authorisation of blood products training course. I am involved in local quality improvement work and am currently leading on a project aimed at improving neonatal central line dressing care.

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I design and deliver teaching for the MSc in Advanced Neonatal Clinical Practice programme, leading the neonatal seminars for the Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice module and I am module lead for the Advanced Neonatal Studies and joint module lead on the Transition to Advance Practice module, where I deliver sessions relating to neonatal governance, leadership and advanced nursing practice. I am involved in designing and delivering assessment strategies, as well as practical advanced clinical skills teaching including a neonatal simulation airway day.  I also supervise qualified ANNPs who are undertaking their dissertations.

Victoria Payne

Prevention of CLABSI

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