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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

Department: Acute Cardiac Care Ward

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Hours: Full-Time 37.5 hours/week

The Acute Cardiac Care Unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital is looking for a highly motivated experienced nurse to join the senior team on this fast paced and exciting area.

The Acute Cardiac Care Unit has 8 Coronary Care Beds, 4 side rooms and 14 stepdown beds, and has the ability to monitor all of those patients via fixed monitors or via telemetry. We care for patients with a wide range of conditions including, NSTEMI, post Angiography patients, Heart Failure, Arrhythmias and Electrolyte Imbalance.

We work closely with the cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure teams and our dedicated discharge officer to ensure that our patients leave the ward with all the information and support that they need. The ward staffing ratios have been established to reflect the fact that we regularly take level 2 patients (Safer Nursing Care Tool)

Milton Keynes University Hospital is proud to be able to offer elective angioplasty to both in and out-patients which means that the successful candidate will need to be proficient in the vascular management of these patients. The Trust is also increasing the complexity of the cardiac implants that we can offer to our patients.

Please do not hesitate to contact the ward with any queries. We look forward to meting you.

Interview date: 17th June 2024

Main duties of the job

On joining the team, you will attend a week-long Trust Induction program followed by 2 weeks working alongside an existing band 6, in a supernumerary capacity. During this period, you will follow a tailor-made induction program, based on your previous experience.

Once established on the unit, you will gain your own team of junior staff and be responsible for their appraisals and ensuring they are up to date for their mandatory training. You will take part in audits and be expected to take the divisional bleep for medicine.

To provide effective, professional and managerial leadership to staff

To provide and maintain a high standard of nursing care

To supervise and develop the knowledge and skills of junior staff

To initiate/ facilitate developments in nursing in partnership with the ward manager

To be the ward representative in the absence of the ward manager

To assist the ward sister in the review of nursing practice and service delivery so that it is reflective of the National Service Framework and the British Cardiovascular Society/European Society of Cardiology Guidelines

Provide clinical expertise

To role model high standards of nursing care and professionalism

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

  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, incorporating the standards and philosophy of the ward.
  • Organise method of care delivery within the ward/department, allocating, prioritising and delegating effectively. This includes responding to capacity and patient dependency requirements.

  • To demonstrate a professional approach to leadership and management of staff.
  • To provide clinical support and advice to junior members of staff.

  • To be responsible for the day to day running of the ward in the absence of the ward manage
  • Promote effective communication within the nursing team, to patients, carers, visitors, members of the multi-disciplinary team and external agencies. Receiving and reporting sensitive information, as appropriate, taking into account rules of confidentiality.

Service Management
  • To assist, when necessary, with the definition of nursing standards and maintain the provision and effectiveness of those standards in line with clinical governance.
  • The post holder will ensure that they are aware of all issues relating to Clinical governance, Quality assurance and Clinical Effectiveness and that they carry out their duties in accordance with these frameworks and standards.

  • To help to create and maintain an environment conducive to development and learning for all staff.
  • To assist in identifying the need for and providing training/education in clinical nursing and managerial techniques to all grades of staff.

Please refer to Job Description for further details

Excellent communication skills are paramount as you will be liaising with a wide range of departments from within the Trust and with other cardiac centres within the cardiac network. You will play a key role in orchestrating safe and effective movement into and out of the ward to ensure effective flow of patients throughout the Trust.

This role will require an enthusiastic individual with the ability to multitask, provide support to other members of the team and deliver excellent patient care. As Milton Keynes University Hospital is a teaching hospital you are also expected to be a role model to our student nurses, nursing associates and medical students. You will be expected to Maintain a 100% compliance with mandatory training and to adhere to all hospital policies including the uniform policy.

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


  • First Level General Nurse Degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Specialist course in cardiac nursing completed or being undertaken.
  • Mentorship course
  • ALS provider
  • First line management course or equivalent


  • Evidence of career development
  • ALS instructor



  • Relevant experience at band 5 on a cardiac ward
  • Regular ward management
  • Evidence of management and leadership
  • Evidence of provision of high standards of care
  • Evidence of staff development
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • Significant post registration experience
  • Experience in change management
  • Clinical supervision
  • Staff selection processes



  • Resource management
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written)
  • Report writing
  • Up to date clinical skills appropriate to Coronary Care
  • Venepuncture and cannulation
  • IV drug administration
  • Urinary catheterization
  • IT skills
  • Effective time management


  • Audit and analysis
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Teaching and presentation skills

Personal and people development


  • Experience in managing people
  • Up to date with current issues in nursing
  • Conversant with the NMC code of conduct


  • Appraisal training



  • Able to demonstrate effective communication


  • Breaking bad news course

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Full time internal rotation to nights.

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Ward 17 - Cardiology (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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