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Sister / Charge Nurse

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Sister/ Charge Nurse

Department: Accident and Emergency

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, pro rata if part-time , all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Are you an experienced nurse from an acute background? We have an exciting opportunity for a strong clinical leader to join our highly skilled nursing team, in a fast-paced, dynamic setting.

Our busy department sees in excess of 90,000 patients a year and our hardworking staff are the key to our success. We offer a supportive environment where you will be able to learn and develop and be encouraged to implement change.

If you are an innovative nurse that strives to make a difference, then we want to meet you. For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Senior charge nurse Fernando Molina-Rojas or any member of the senior team on 01908 995914.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care within the standards and philosophy of the department
  • To co-ordinate clinical activities, allocation of staff and the management of patient flow within the department in conjunction with senior staff and to include other shift management responsibilities
  • To ensure patient safety at all times
  • To maintain accurate and comprehensive records of patient care
  • To act as clinical leader and role model, sharing expertise with colleagues
  • To ensure patients and relatives needs are met in a courteous, helpful and compassionate manner
  • To maintain effective relationships between the multi-disciplinary team in the clinical environment

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.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for shift management, including the allocation /redeployment of staff management of patient flows within the ED in conjunction with Senior nursing/Medical colleagues to achieve Emergency Access Targets.
  • To have responsibility for the development of a specific clinical area, in liaison with the Head of Nursing/Senior Sister/Charge Nurse.
  • To ensure all resources (financial, materials, staff and time) are used appropriately in the clinical area and to assist with budget management.
  • To assist when necessary with the initiation and evaluation of any projects appropriate to ED in line with clinical governance.
  • To be able to initiate, manage and evaluate change in liaison with Head of Nursing other Sisters/Charge Nurses.
  • To provide direction, negotiate objectives and appraise team members.
  • To participate in the recruitment and selection of departmental staff.
  • To act as lead person, representing the directorate, for specific development projects/meetings in the absence of the Head of Nursing.
  • To assist the Head of Nursing in the investigation and positive management of complaints.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details on the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Specific post graduate course / or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continued professional development within specialty
  • ILS / PILS
  • TILS or equivalent course / experience


  • Mentorship qualification
  • Diploma / Degree
  • RMN / RSCN
  • Management / Leadership course



  • Relevant ED experience or similar Front Door experience
  • Evidence of leadership / staff development
  • Good understanding of the quality indicators and their effect on the department
  • Use of escalation procedures in relation to supporting the quality indicators
  • Fully aware of the principles and application of Clinical Governance
  • Fully aware of principles of IPC (Infection Prevention and Control) at both basic PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) level and isolation in cases of exceptional risk of infection


  • Performance management
  • Change management



  • Evidence of proficiency in ED specific competencies
  • Triage / initial assessment
  • Plastering / limb immobilisation
  • Wound closure
  • Managing the unwell adult / child
  • Venepuncture / cannulation
  • Catheterisation - male and female
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent role model
  • Diplomacy
  • Understanding of NMC Code of Conduct


  • Proven management experience
  • Teaching/presentation skills
  • Research/audit skills
  • Staff selection process
  • Dealing with complaints/Conflict Resolution

Personal and people development


  • To provide effective and dynamic clinical leadership to staff within the department
  • To provide and maintain safe, high-quality standards of nursing care
  • To supervise and develop the knowledge and skills of junior staff
  • To work in partnership with the senior nursing team to facilitate developments
  • To act as an associate Team leader to an identified group of staff



  • To actively participate, with other members of the senior nursing team, in the professional
  • To develop professional nursing skills and specialist ED skills adopting the Scope of Professional practice framework
  • To be aware of all issues relating to Clinical Governance, quality assurance and clinical effectiveness. Ensuring all duties are carried out in accordance with these frameworks and standards
  • Participate in Trust and ED audit programs
  • To be aware of national/local issues and trends in the development and provision of ED services
  • To maintain a personal portfolio in line with Revalidation requirements
  • To participate in the development of evidence-based practice appropriate to the services provided in the ED in line with Clinical Governance
  • To promote Milton Keynes ED through professional activities and publication of work
  • To adhere to NMC Code of Professional Practice

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


A& E Nursing (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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