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Matron - Neonatal Services

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum
Closing date
10 Jul 2024
Matron - Neonatal Services

Department: Women and Children's Services

Band: 8A �50,952 - �57,349 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hrs per week. Secondment/Fixed Term also available - all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Are you looking for a rewarding role, enjoy variety, and would like to lead a dynamic and forward-thinking team of professionals within our Neonatal Unit? We are delighted to offer the opportunity for you to join our developing and growing team within the Paediatric and Neonatal Services at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic, and caring individual who can make a difference to the patients and families within our care. We are looking for someone who is able to model outstanding Neonatal care and is able to promote a positive team work ethic.

This role is part of the Children's Services Triumvirate, and they will work closely with the Divisional Leadership Team to shape the future of Neonatal and Paediatric Services at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

You will be a clinical expert and be able to provide visible, supportive and inclusive leadership to an enthusiastic multi professional teams. You will have excellent communication and well-developed influencing and negotiating skills.

Proposed interview date: between the dates of 22nd July and 2nd August 2024

For further information and/or an informal discussion please contact Charlie Nunn - Divisional Chief Nurse (Paediatrics) -

Main duties of the job

  • To act as a highly specialised clinical expert, providing professional leadership, management and clinical presence within the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrates clinical credibility and acts as a role model in the delivery of patient care.
  • Ensure excellence in caring for patients and their families in line with national, regional and local guidelines and policies.
  • Provide senior nursing/midwifery leadership within the CSU triumvirate developing, implementing and evaluating patient pathways.
  • Ensure that nursing staff in place is at a safe level and appropriate skill mix for the clinical area/division to deliver optimum care and safety for patients.
  • Represent the organisation at Operational Delivery Networks, and regional and national forums.
  • Line manage ward/department managers and specialist nursing teams within area of responsibility.
  • Contribute to the development and application of the wider governance systems, control processes and risk management to ensure patient safety and learning environment to improve transparency and quality care.

About us

Our staff are the happiest NHS staff MKUH staff scored highest for 'I look forward to coming to work' (NHS Staff Survey 2023).

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.

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
  • Evidence of study at degree/masters level education
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Leadership qualification
  • Demonstrates senior clinical credibility



  • Proven experience at ward/department manager level
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries
  • Proven experience of visible and knowledgeable leadership
  • Budget management
  • Involvement in audit and evaluation
  • Governance experience of risk assessment and root cause analysis
  • Experience of responding to complaints both formal and informal
  • Evidence of learning from incidents and improving practice


  • Experience of successful change management within a multidisciplinary team
  • Participation in business case planning
  • Experience of harnessing patient and public involvement in standard setting



  • Well-developed influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to set a clear vision of the service
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to work under pressure with competing priorities
  • Clear decision maker, able to use initiative and meet deadlines
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs of the service
  • Understanding of how own area of responsibility contributes to the Trust operational and quality objectives
  • Able to motivate staff and promote positive team working ethic
  • Able to teach and provide a positive learning environment


  • Coaching to empower staff/staff development/leadership skills

Personal and people development


  • Evidence of personal insight, emotional intelligence with ability to reflect and embed learning
  • Able to build and development high functioning teams
  • Able to recognise and challenge poor performance and provide appropriate support to address
  • Passion and drive for providing high standards of care delivery for patients and staff



  • Able to work successfully within multi-disciplinary teams

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Milton Keynes University Hospital

Standing Way

Milton Keynes


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