Matron of Low Secure Inpatient Services

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary


Dartford, Kent


Band 8a plus London fringe and On Call Allowance

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Matron who will work as part of our Low Secure Services, covering all inpatient wards at the Tarentfort Centre, Allington Centre and Brookfield Centre. They will also hold matron responsibilities within our Learning Disability Forensic Outreach Liaison Team working closely with fellow Matrons and senior managers across the Forensic and Specialist Directorate and KMPT.

Main duties of the job

The role of the matron is critical in ensuring that all patients experience the highest standards of clinical care. This will be achieved by a combination of a daily presence on wards, professional curiosity and expert knowledge in care delivery in their specific areas.

They will be visible to patients and carers and be available to resolve issues that arise. They will provide clinical supervision to ward managers and be sighted on local risks to local care delivery and have an ability to work collaboratively with others to put in plans to mitigate the risks.

The post holder will take a facilitative and empowering approach, nurturing creativity and being open to doing things differently if the desired outcomes improves patient, carer and staff experience. They will work closely with other matrons, governance lead and officer to ensure that quality data is triangulated and validated. The post holder will seek to work with others to maximise digital solutions where possible.

To be part of manager on call rota.

About us

The Matron is the senior nurse leader within the multidisciplinary care team. Through professional, visible leadership, the Matron provides and enables evidence-based practice; setting standards that result in high quality patient care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will deliver on the Matrons 10 Key Responsibilities;
  • Leading by example
  • Making sure patients get quality care
  • Ensuring staffing is appropriate to patient needs
  • Empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical service
  • Improving Team areas cleanliness
  • Ensuring patients nutritional needs are met
  • Improving wards for patients (to include supporting ward in identification of ligatures and management plan regarding existing ligatures)
  • Making sure patients are treated with respect
  • Preventing (hospital)acquired infection
  • Resolving problems for patients and their relatives by building closer relationships

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development to Masters level or equivalent.



  • Experience at a senior management level, including managing change and introducing new ways of working for mental health nurses.
  • Experience of multi-professional collaboration at a senior level
  • Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care
  • Current experience of relevant clinical practice -especially if working across different specialities
  • Experience of facilitating service user and staff groups

Knowledge and skills


  • Broad understanding of healthcare provision together with an awareness and appreciation of current NHS policy and priorities, particularly in relation to mental health.
  • Knowledge of the current policy context and the implications for mental health nursing
  • Knowledge of current professional developments in nursing and nurse education and policy
  • Understanding of risk issues including Clinical and Health and Safety

Personal qualities


  • Inclusive and compassionate leader
  • Able to motivate and enthuse staff at all levels, improve confidence and contain anxiety

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