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South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking to expand our Matron team within Community Services across South Tyneside and Sunderland FT. We are looking for a dynamic and innovative individual who is as passionate about community services as we are, to join our senior leadership team.

You should have significant experience at a senior level of managing and leading clinical teams and be able to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the national strategic agenda in delivering safe and high quality care across community services.

You will be visible and accessible, act as a clinically credible role model and provide insightful, inspirational and compassionate leadership in the Directorate and will be supporting and driving quality improvement and our Community Nursing and AHP strategy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:-
  • Provide professional and managerial leadership to the relevant clinical teams and providing a highly visible and authoritative presence ensuring the provision of high quality, responsive services with the needs of the patient at the centre of care delivery.
  • Provide senior leadership to assigned teams
  • Work in partnership with Divisional Head of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals and the wider Divisional Management Team to ensure effective and efficient management of services to meet agreed standards within the resources available.
  • Be accountable for all clinical aspects of quality and safety within the service.
  • Maintain a visible presence where patients, carers, staff and visitors can turn for assistance and upon whom they can rely to ensure that the fundamental and specialist aspects of care are met. This includes working clinical shifts when required.
  • Support the Divisional Head of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals by leading and developing nursing and AHP practice and improvements in patient care

This is a full time post although flexible working arrangements can be considered.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Main Duties of the Role:

The Matron will ensure at all times the patient is at the centre of all our actions and act as role model for clinical staff.

The Matron has 24 hour accountability for the wards/departments/areas in their Directorate for the efficient and effective operational management of the nursing workforce, guaranteeing provision of high quality evidence based nursing practice which will be delivered within a hospital, community and outreach setting.

The Matron will provide strong clinical leadership within the services and be highly visible and accessible to patients. Leading by example he/she will drive up standards of clinical care. Have the responsibility and authority to get the essential components of care right for patients clean wards and departments, quality care, ensuring patients are treated with dignity and respect, resolving problems for patients and relatives and ensuring high standards are maintained and delivered throughout the services. He/she will have a particular responsibility to support the developments of Clinical Governance and Service Improvement, to modernise patient services and ensure the active involvement of patients and carers in the way services are developed, delivered and evaluated.

The Matron will contribute to identifying and managing issues of poor performance, risk and complaints. The Matron will promote and share best practice and encourage personal development.

In undertaking the duties for this post the post holder must comply with the NMC Code.

The Matron will uphold and ensure Trust nursing values are implemented and monitored to provide assurance that nursing/clinical staff behave in a professional manner.

Person Specification



  • Clinically credible with significant experience at senior nurse level in a relevant setting
  • Ability to manage conflict in the clinical environment
  • Experience of managing a clinical team including human resources management
  • Experience of managing difficult and complex personnel / people situations
  • Experience of policy critique and writing to ensure fit for purpose
  • Experience of successful budget management and evidence of achieving financial targets
  • Experience of leading and delivering significant programmes of change with an NHS setting


  • Experience of undertaking root cause analysis



  • Ability to set objectives, priorities workload, work to deadlines and maintain consistent high standards
  • Ability to analyse information and use problem solving approaches in decision making and planning processes
  • Confident, resilient and assertive
  • Acts with honesty and integrity, taking personal responsibility for actions
  • Ability to lead by example, motivating and empowering others to achieve high standards of service delivery
  • A reflective thinker
  • An individual who can work independently, work across disciplines and be an effective team member



  • First level NMC Registered Nurse (Adult) (RN Child for paediatric roles, RM for Midwifery)
  • First Degree or equivalent in health related subject
  • Recognised management or leadership qualification or relevant experience


  • Masters degree or working towards in relevant associated subject

Skills and Knowledge


  • Competent in IT skills and ability to operate windows programmes and Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of participating in clinical audit
  • Knowledge of NHS Policies and strategy
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Well-developed report writing
  • Excellent verbal briefing and communication skills
  • Able to command respect of multi-disciplinary teams


  • Knowledge and experience of using project planning IT programmes and tools
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilise LEAN techniques

Physical Skills


  • Travel between sites and off site meetings as required
  • Ability to work flexible hours as well as support for major incidents
  • Able to participate in an on-call rota

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