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Senior Matron - Surgery

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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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

The Surgical division at MKUH provide exceptional care and creating a positive patient experience. We are currently seeking a visionary Senior Matron to lead our nursing department and continue our tradition of excellence in healthcare.

The Role:

As the Senior Matron you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of patient care within our facility. You will be responsible for overseeing the nursing staff, developing strategies to enhance patient satisfaction, and upholding the highest quality standards in all aspects of nursing practice.

Why Join Us:

Be part of a supportive and forward-thinking healthcare community.

Opportunities for professional growth and development.

Apply Now:

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients and ready to lead with excellence, we invite you to apply.

For further information, please contact Patricia Flynn, Chief Divisional Nurse, Surgery, at

Interviews: w/c 06.05.2024

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities:

Lead and inspire a team of dedicated nursing professionals.

Implement innovative strategies to improve patient experience, safety and workforce.

Ensure compliance with healthcare regulations and standards.

Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to provide top-tier patient care.

Drive continuous improvement in nursing practices and patient outcomes.

What We're Looking For:

A minimum of 3 years of nursing leadership experience as a Matron or leadership equivalent, preferably in a surgical setting.

A compassionate leader with a proven track record of enhancing patient experience and who can describe this in your supporting statement.

A strategic thinker who can articulate how they have positively impacted patient care and quality standards.

An innovative leader who can describe their transferrable skills that will support the division of surgery as senior Matron.

A master's degree in nursing is desirable or are on a Masters pathway which is essential to be considered for this post.

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

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details.

Join #TeamSurgery at Milton Keynes University Hospital

The surgery division at MKUH, which covers specialties including theatres and the Intensive Care Unit, offers a variety of roles and opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical. The division are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and forward-thinking professionals to join the team.

MKUH is one of the leading hospitals in Europe for implementing robotics to assist in surgery, becoming the first in the continent to use the CMR Versius robot for gynaecological surgery. Since its introduction in 2019, the theatres team have completed over 500 surgical cases, the first hospital in the UK to reach this milestone, achieving this in March 2023.

As well as being an innovator in robotics, the Trust is proud to be part of the New Hospital Programme, with plans to expand and increase our surgical capacity to meet the health needs of our communities now and in the future.

With a leading benefits package, and a growing hospital estate to meet one of the fastest growing populations in the country, it is a great time to join MKUH.

Find out more about working in #TeamSurgery at MKUH from the people who work across the division in the video below.

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.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

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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