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Senior Sister / Charge Nurse

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Senior Sister / Charge Nurse

Department : Neonatal Unit

Band 7 �43,742 - �50,056 per annum, pro rata if part-time

Hours: 22.5 hours per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

We are looking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated Neonatal nurse, who has recent hospital experience in nursing infants who have special care, high dependency and intensive care needs. If you are confident in the assessment, treatment and management of babies, providing family integrated care and can support a nursing team through effective leadership and management skills then we want to hear from you!

The Neonatal Unit is a 16 bedded neonatal unit caring for babies from 27 weeks gestation, we provide 5 intensive care/high dependency cots and 11 special care cots. We are part of the Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Network and the Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) and work closely with our colleagues in our neighbouring units to provide high quality care.

As a Unit we have an active preceptorship and an exciting education programme, and we encourage all staff to undertake internal and external courses to ensure their continued development.

Please contact the Neonatal Unit on 01908997167 and ask for senior Sister for more information.

Janine Kelly

Marian Forster

Interview date: 21/12/23

Main duties of the job

To work in consultation with the Matron for Neonatal Services to provide the highest standard of clinical nursing care to premature infants through multidisciplinary working and evidence-based practice. Working most closely with the medical, nursing and managerial staff within the directorate, the post holder will also ensure resources are efficiently used through evidence-based pathways of care.

You will need to be an organised, enthusiastic individual with excellent communication and inspirational leadership skills, alongside having the passion and ability to deliver high quality care to a diverse population. You will act as a role model for the nursing team across the Neonatal services, promoting a positive attitude and motivating staff members to deliver compassionate care whilst developing themselves professionally.

You will join an established senior nursing team who will support you to develop professionally. You will work collaboratively with them to manage the neonatal service and teams across site on a day to day basis. Effective service management and leadership will improve the flow of infants across site and the overall patient experience. This role requires you to utilise your expertise and critical thinking skills to ensure performance and standards are monitored and continuously maintained.

This role will expect the postholder to work across the full shift pattern of day shifts, night shifts and weekends.

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

Unit Management / Clinical Responsibilities
  • Provide professional leadership within neonatal unit for responsibility, stimulating and supporting development of nursing practice and research.
  • Ensure that clinical competencies are maintained and developed and maintain own professional development.

Unit / Department Management Responsibilities
  • Liaise with the multidisciplinary team to promote and maintain professional relationships and high standards of care.
  • Liaise with community staff and agencies in order to facilitate continuity of care.

Educational Responsibilities
  • Act as an effective role model for other staff, in clinical and professional areas of nursing, by developing and maintaining your own clinical competencies and maintaining your own professional development.
  • Assist in maintaining a suitable learning environment for all staff within the Neonatal Unit.

Human Resources Function Within the Neonatal Unit
  • Undertake annual staff appraisals in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Be responsible for performance management of staff and take appropriate action when necessary.

Please refer to the job description for more details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, or equivalent level of qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
  • Registered Nurse Registered Midwife, Registered Children's Nurse
  • Significant clinical experience in neonatal and/or maternity services
  • Evidence of post qualifying and continued professional development
  • Experience of multi-agency team working and developing relationships across organisational boundaries
  • Knowledge of NHS structures and the relationship between NHS England, local commissioning organisations and service providers
  • Member of relevant professional body


  • Experience of service improvement and transformation
  • Experience of using cultural change to improve service quality
  • Experience of managing risks and reporting



  • Knowledge of budget setting and financial processes
  • Demonstrates insight and knowledge of neonatal care
  • Qualified in Speciality Neonatal Course
  • Mentorship qualification
  • NLS Qualified



  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Ability to analyse facts and situations where there is conflicting and multiple sources of information
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills


  • Demonstrated capability to plan over short, medium and long-term timeframes and adjust plans and resource requirements accordingly

Personal and people development


  • Used to working in a busy environment
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change
  • Willing to engage with and learn from peers, other professionals and colleagues in the desire to provide or support the most appropriate interventions
  • Professional calm and efficient manner Effective organizer, influencer and networker
  • Motivated, positive, self directed and committed
  • Professional image
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Having a good insight into self and others



  • Good relationship building and facilitation skills in support of system wide collaborative working
  • Experience of facilitating meetings, workshops and events
  • Well developed interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate
  • Must be able to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information and present to a range of stakeholders and large, influential groups
  • Ability to prepare and produce concise yet insightful communications for dissemination to senior stakeholders and a broad range of stakeholders as required

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


Neonatal Unit (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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