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Neonatal Sister / Charge Nurse

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
Job title: Neonatal Sister/Charge Nurse

Department : Neonatal Unit

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum, pro rata if part-time


Hours: 37.5 hours per week (part time hours also available)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 staff nurse to join the dynamic and supportive team in our local neonatal unit at MKUH NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Across the Neonatal Unit we continually strive, as a multi-disciplinary team, to offer high quality, evidenced based and holistic care to all of our patients. We believe that we have much to offer any candidate who joins our team.

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


Claire Danobrega

Interviews: 5th Aug 2024 - 18th Aug 2024

Main duties of the job

To work in collaboratively with the MDT to provide the highest standard of clinical nursing care to premature infants through multidisciplinary working and evidence-based practice.

To deliver high quality patient care on a daily basis. The post holder should be knowledgeable in all areas of nursing care including resuscitation and stabilisation, admission to discharge, which facilitates clinical practice development. They will actively support the Senior Sisters, ensuring the effective running of the unit on a daily basis.

We require enthusiastic, caring and motivated individuals to join our team as staff nurses to provide dynamic, high quality nursing care to our Babies and their families. We work closely with our maternity and paediatric colleagues and offer the option of to be part of a rotational programme between the neonatal, paediatric wards and paediatric ED.

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.

Opportunities include internal and external study days and University based courses such as Mentorship, Qualification in speciality. With opportunities to undertake research, audit and governance projects.

About us

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

  • To undertake managerial responsibility for a team of nurses and support staff, providinghigh quality 24 hour patient care in the most efficient and safe manner in accordance with Divisional and Trust policies and guidelines, in the absence of Band 7/Matron.
  • To undertake the supervision and direction of junior staff, nursing support workers and learners.

  • To demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge and practice and act as a role model at all times.
  • In the absence of the Lead Nurse, maintain clinical leadership, working closely with the multidisciplinary team.

  • To provide professional leadershipof the nursing team on a shift by shift basis, ensuring appropriate staff allocation and skill-mix, managing of cot availability and service provision.
  • To establish and maintain effective communication channels within and outside the department by: Promoting teamwork and inter-personal relationships and encouraging others in the decision making process and attend regular unit meetings and participating in Divisional Directorate forums as required

  • Demonstrate responsibility for professional development
  • To be responsible for continuing assessment of performance and the identification of development needs of the team members

  • To participate in the appointment of staff within the nursing team.
  • To assist the Band 7 team in the staff personal development reviews and personal development (PD and PDP).

Please refer to the job description for more details.

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


  • RN, RSCN, RN Child Branch
  • Evidence of development at degree level
  • Qualified in Speciality
  • Teaching/Mentorship qualification -- evidence of teaching ability
  • Recent neonatal intensive care experience


  • Current NLS qualification
  • First line management qualification/ or equivalent



  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Able to work with parents and families
  • Previous experience in a leadership Role
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others and able to work as a team leader
  • Ability to facilitate change within the clinical area



  • An awareness of research and evidence based practice in the clinical setting
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Able to work with parents and families
  • Venous cannulation skills
  • Excellent clinical and practical skills
  • Teaching and mentoring skills
  • Organisational and interpersonal skills

Personal and people development


  • Works in a calm and organised manner and works as part of a cohesive team
  • Ability to cope with pressurised environment and able to use own initiative
  • Ability to work independently



  • Good communication skills written and verbal, with the ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels
  • Excellent clinical and practical skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others
  • Organisational and interpersonal skills and able to work as a team leader Advocacy skills

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

Milton Keynes University Hospital, Standing Way

Milton Keynes


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