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Nurse Consultant/Lead Nurse Tissue Viability Service

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Nurse Consultant / Lead Nurse Tissue Viability Service / Associate Nurse Consultant

Department: Corporate

Band 8B/ 8A- to develop into 8B

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Tissue Viability nurse who is working at band 8a level to join the Corporate Nursing team in a specialist consultant role to lead and coordinate the Trust's tissue viability service.


A developmental programme that offers the successful candidate the opportunity as a band 8a to successfully complete the associated training package and to work through the National Wound Care core competencies and relevant leadership programmes for the nurse consultant role in clinical practice. Upon successful completion, the successful candidate will be promoted to a nurse consultant role within the service. The agreed time frame for completion will be 2 years.

The successful candidate will work alongside the senior nursing team to embed best practices in the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

For further information and/or an informal discussion please contact Deepa Austin -Associate Chief Nurse or Tel: 01908996555, Ext 86555

Main duties of the job

This role will require you to work independently within the Corporate Team provide expert clinical advice at local and regional levels and develop close links with other tissue-related specialist services, ensuring joint working and best practice implementation. You will lead the education and training program in tissue viability for the multidisciplinary team and advance the specialist tissue viability service. In addition, you will provide oversight of patient safety incidents related to tissue viability and lead and influence a reduction in pressure ulcer incidence.

We are looking for someone who can make a difference to patients and staff, modelling outstanding care every time and ability to promote a positive team working ethic. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be highly motivated and flexible in your approach to care delivery and committed to quality improvement.

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

The post holder will practice at an advanced clinical level and exercise high levels of autonomy, judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care. To lead the provision of consistently high standards of care, using advanced nursing knowledge and specialist expertise to patients.

To autonomously manage a patient caseload. This will include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating complex programmes of care for patients.

Utilise specialist knowledge and practical skills in tissue viability e.g.: leg ulcer management including Doppler ABPI assessment, sharp debridement skills, assessment for and application of negative pressure therapies, assessment for and application of larvae therapy.

Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice. Select and recommend treatment (medication and non-medication) from a range of options requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of highly complex specialist clinical information. Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments.

To lead the development of appropriate documentation and record keeping for the Tissue Viability service and monitor and maintain standards of data collection and reporting. Fulfil any statutory national or local requirements.

To actively promote patient involvement and evaluate patient experience in accordance with local and national policy.

Please refer to the Job Description for more details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Registered nurse
  • Educated to master's level
  • Experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Evidence of further training relevant to Tissue Viability at degree or higher
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Clinically competent in debridement skills


  • Registered Independent Prescriber



  • Extensive experience of leadership and managing a team
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Extensive experience of working in Tissue Viability
  • Evidence of designing and providing training and education program
  • Experience of using data and evidence base practice to drive improvement
  • Experience in report writing
  • Experience in monitoring budgets and business planning processes
  • Clinical expertise in wound management, assessing and implementing varying treatment regimens


  • Experience in service improvement and in successful tried and tested ways of working



  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/ written communication skills
  • IT skills. The ability to use PAS, word processing, internet and other systems and software relevant to this post
  • Proven skills in research and audit
  • Demonstrable risk-management skills
  • Skills for nurturing key relationships and maintaining networks
  • Ability to engender trust and confidence and demonstrate integrity in the provision of advice and support
  • Commitment to and focused on quality, promotes high standards in all they do
  • Demonstrate the ability to make a connection between their work and the benefit to patients and the public
  • Experience of supporting clinicians and frontline staff to deliver better outcomes for patients
  • Demonstrates integrity and openness
  • Must be able to use initiative to decide relevant actions and make recommendations with the aim of improving deliverables and compliance to policies
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to improve performance and make a difference by focusing on goals


  • History of professional publication
  • Seeks out innovation

Personal and people development


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs
  • All staff are expected to engage in compassionate and inclusive leadership in the provision of high quality care and interactions with others
  • Actively develops themselves and supports others to do the same



  • Excellent clinical consultation skills
  • Skills in communicating with patients and with multidisciplinary colleagues inside and outside the organisation
  • Demonstrates professional collaboration with others, is positive and helpful, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Experience of using surveillance data systems and producing reports
  • Ability to convey strategic direction for the service and engage the wider team

Specific requirements


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

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Milton Keynes University Hospital

Milton Keynes


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