Senior Matron - Surgery

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Matron - Surgery

Band 8b �58,972 - �68,525 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides elective and emergency surgery to the population of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas of south Northamptonshire and north-west Bedfordshire. The surgical directorate has 120 inpatient beds across four ward areas. The clinical service units include musculoskeletal, head and neck, general surgery, theatres and anaesthetics, and outpatient units. The surgical directorate has designated anaesthetic and operating theatres, with an associated recovery unit.

The surgical directorate at MKUH are committed in our vision to strengthening our Senior Nursing structure and with this an exciting opportunity has become available for a Senior Matron with proven Leadership experience and Staff Management.

The post holder will be required to strike an effective balance between management and clinic responsibilities. We are seeking to appoint an individual with a proven track record of service innovation and quality improvement whilst leading a nursing team to deliver safe and effective care within the hospital setting.

Interview date: 12.12.2023

Main duties of the job

This role requires compassionate leadership qualities to ensure effective working across multiple teams, an unrelenting focus on patient safety and continuous quality improvement who is a strong advocate for patient care and staff wellbeing and professional development.

We are looking for a highly motivated, responsible person with a strong sense of accountability to fulfil this exciting role of Senior Matron within Surgery, Anaesthetics and Critical Care Group.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will report directly to the Divisional Head of Nursing and have an individualised portfolio of clinical areas and staff, deputising for the Divisional Head of Nursing, whilst leading on delegated projects within the division and assisting with shaping the Divisional nursing direction and strategy. An individualised support and development plan will also be provided.

You will be responsible for assisting the Divisional Head of Nursing with the development and delivery of clinical services and professional standards and the development of nursing leadership within the Division. You will:

Provide professional and managerial leadership for designated nursing teams and specialist nurses, providing a highly visible and authoritative presence ensuring the provision of high quality, responsive services with the needs of the patient at the centre of care delivery.

Work in partnership with the Divisional Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective and efficient management of delegated projects to meet agreed targets within the resources available.

Work in partnership with the Divisional Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective divisional quality governance systems and processes.

Maintain a visible presence where patients, staff and visitors can turn for assistance and upon whom they can rely to ensure that the fundamental and specialist aspects of care are met.

Lead on delegated projects to promote and develop nursing and nursing practice within the Division.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Registered Nurse
  • First Degree in Nursing or Health related subject or relevant experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Portfolio of evidence to support innovation in practice
  • Formal leadership qualification to diploma level or equivalent level of skill acquired through experience


  • Master's Degree in Nursing or health related subject



  • Significant experience in senior nursing leadership and management
  • Detailed knowledge of current nursing challenges in a local and national context
  • Ability to operate and think laterally at a strategic level
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a professional leader
  • Ability to empower staff at all levels
  • Awareness of political and professional agenda in Nursing and NHS Management
  • Demonstrate understanding and experience of management, and handling of data and information
  • In depth understanding and experience of the application of clinical governance and quality management
  • Proven understanding of operational management issues
  • Preparation of reports, analysis of data for Board, Committees and working forums



  • Proven leadership ability
  • Effective team building qualities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience of change management
  • Ability to prioritise and problem solve
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Critical analysis and imaginative problem solving
  • Proven financial and workforce planning skills
  • Proven abilities in supporting nursing recruitment and retention strategies
  • The ability to inspire confidence at all levels in the organisation
  • Team player/commitment to interdisciplinary working
  • Professional appearance
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Personal and people development


  • Professional attitude
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation and flexibility in approach and attitude
  • Adaptable
  • Flexibility, attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactive attitude
  • Presentable
  • Further professional ambition
  • Preparedness to participate in 360-degree appraisal and effective / supportive / empowering performance review



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Specific requirements


  • oAble to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Surgery Division Triumvirate (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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