Chief Nurse

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Milton Keynes

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    Milton Keynes

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    Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ref: GSe87832

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) are seeking to appoint an outstanding clinical leader to the role of Chief Nurse to work with our Board and the Council of Governors in the next phase of our development and in the wider transformation of health and social care with our partners. 

The hospital has around 550 beds, including day acute and neonatal beds and employs around 4,000 staff, providing a full range of acute hospital services and an increasing number of specialist services to the growing population of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The hospital sees and treats around 400,000 patients each year, and all in-patient services and most outpatient services are provided on the main hospital site.  Over the last 10 years, the Trust has invested significantly in its site and has developed a number of new services and pathways to improve outcomes for patients, as well as the experience they receive whilst in our care. A number of further developments are planned for the coming years as the health demands of the local population change.

The COVID pandemic was an extraordinary time for NHS hospitals across the UK – MKUH included – requiring rapid responses to daily changes and devising very different ways of working to ensure the safety of our staff, patients, and visitors. Operating through this very different and challenging environment, we never lost sight of our long-term ambitions and priorities, and as we come out of the pandemic, and are on the journey of recovery, we continue our priority of maintaining safety whilst improving our patient care, patient experience, and range of services we offer. 

As our new Chief Nurse, you will demonstrate a passion for excellence for people’s healthcare, have a compelling track record of success, either as an existing Chief Nurse or an aspirational nurse leader ready to take that next step.  As a naturally curious and innovative leader with a passion for patient-focused care, you will bring challenge and fresh thinking to our Board of Directors, enabling us to continuously improve at every level.  You will also evidence a strong alignment with our core values and behaviours and demonstrate how you reflect these alongside our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. You will be enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing, and a highly visible nursing leader.

At MKUH we work with many partners in the local and regional health economy, including local healthcare providers, universities, councils and third sector organisations. We play an active part in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS), which will see local health and care organisations working more closely together to provide better coordinated care. The Chief Nurse will have a passion for empowering patients and families to ensure all voices are heard and involvement is increased to co-produce new service models.

This is a unique opportunity to help shape and deliver the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to maintain patient safety and treatment effectiveness, improve the experience of patients, help transform services, work with local partners and to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Looking ahead our focus will remain, whatever challenges we face as a hospital and as a nation, on providing the excellent care and services the people of Milton Keynes expect and deserve.

MKUH seeks colleagues as diverse as the population we serve, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. 

If you can see yourself reflected in our values and ambitions, we would love to hear from you.

For further information or for a confidential discussion contact our advisers David Heaton (0113 205 6094 /,  Melanie West (07384 464187 / or Melanie Shearer (07785 616548 / at GatenbySanderson. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 27th June 2022

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Tuesday 5th July 2022

Stakeholder sessions and Panel Interviews
Wednesday 20th July 2022

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


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