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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dedicated individual to join our team as General Surgery Matron at University Hospital Trust, Southampton. The Care Group supports pioneering emergency and elective pathways of care and has an excellent national and international reputation; hosting 11, 0000 planned patient admissions, 8,000 emergency admissions, 45,000 outpatient appointments and 25,000 outpatient procedures.
The surgical nursing team spans several wards , outpatients and numerous specialities across several sites. We have a strong team of specialist nurses and a team of advanced nurse practitioners. Educational development is key to this team and we have a dedicated educational workforce. Direct line management responsibilities will include several band 7 ward leaders and up to 5 ward areas or teams at one time. You will work within a team of 2 surgical matrons and be part of the care group management team.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical, professional and managerial leadership across the Care Group.
  • To be the nursing/allied health professional lead, providing a strong clinical presence and developing nurses and nursing/allied health professional practice within the care group, assuring the provision of a safe, effective and evidence-based nursing service to patients.
  • To be a core member of the Care Group Management team, supporting the Care Group and Division in achieving its plans, ensuring that the Care Group can meet its agreed targets within the available resources. Actively support the team objectives by developing services and leading Care Group or Divisional projects to influence service redesign. Lead and participate in projects and areas of work, which reflect clinical, professional and corporate objectives.
  • To be the Care Group lead for Patient and Public Involvement
  • To be accountable for all aspects of the nursing related budgets within the Care Group.
  • To work in partnership with the designated lead clinician to ensure accountability on quality performance indicators.

About us

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Your leadership will guarantee delivery of high-quality nursing care from admission to discharge. Working within the framework of the Modern Matron principles, your key role will be to ensure clinical quality standards are achieved consistently by providing inspirational and visible clinical leadership to the sisters/Charge Nurses and their nursing teams and supporting them in assuring the delivery of a contemporary, high quality, safe, effective and evidence based nursing service. Working with other Senior Nurse/Matron colleagues and other key staff in the Division and across the Trust, as the custodian of the patient experience, you will ensure patients, staff and the Trust have confidence in your areas of responsibility.
You will hold the relevant qualifications and have sufficient experience to provide innovative leadership creating an environment which is always improving, putting patients first and follows the ethos of One Team Together

You will require a high level of organisational skill and have a resourceful and professional approach to work.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and have the ability to forge and maintain relationships with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on w/c Monday, 5th June 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • 1st Level Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC Register / HCPC Registration
  • First degree or equivalent
  • Ability to work at Masters level and evidence
  • Specialist qualification
  • Leadership training
  • Management training
  • Masters or equivalent experience

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Extensive knowledge of National and Local NHS and N&M agenda
  • Extensive experience in the acute healthcare setting in clinical leadership/clinical management position
  • Evidence of advanced leadership qualities
  • Formal and informal teaching experience
  • Staff and resource management experience
  • Experience of introducing change to clinical environment
  • Report writing skills and experience
  • Budget management experience


  • Understanding of specialist area

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Excellent high level leadership skills
  • Articulate with highly developed communication skills with the ability to network and build relationships at all levels, including interpersonal skills, liaison and negotiation skills. Writing and presentation skills
  • Advising and influencing
  • IT skills and ability to develop these skills further
  • Ability to prioritise work and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Able to develop and implement policy, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Professional role model
  • Inspirational leader
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Team Player
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Assertive yet approachable
  • Personal drive and initiative
  • Able to work independently and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Able to demonstrate work/life balance


  • Project management skills
  • Interests and activities indicating teamwork, leadership and stress management

Special requirements of the post


  • Travel between all four UHS sites
  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil commitments of on-call / site management role

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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