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Dr Victoria Payne PhD, RNC, 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 continued drive to improve the quality and safety of neonatal care, she undertook a PhD focusing upon the implementation of complex interventions to reduce neonatal central-line associated infections. 

She works as a Principal Teaching Fellow on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal) pathway, as a module lead for Advanced Neonatal Studies and Prescribing in Clinical Practice, as well as a group lead for the Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice. She also teaches on a variety of aspects of advanced nursing practice. 

She has presented her PhD work at several international conferences, including oral presentations at the European Association of Paediatric Societies conference (2016, 2020), 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 (2019) and Reason (2020). She has peer-reviewed several papers for publication.

She has also supported the Newborns’ Vietnam educational programme as a volunteer, training and teaching neonatal nurses abroad, and contributes to the 99NICU, an international educational platform for neonatal healthcare professionals. She is a member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Neonatal Nurses Association.

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


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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 University Hospital Southampton 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.

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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 involved in running the  Pharmacology and Prescribing in Clinical Practice module.

I am also involved in the Transition to Advanced Practice module, including sessions on leadership, governance 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 MSc dissertations.

Victoria Payne

Prevention of CLABSI

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Dr Victoria Payne
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 9550 PAH/F120

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