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Matron - Older Adults Acute

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Matron to work within the Older Adults Acute areas at Colchester General Hospital within the North East Essex Community Services Division.

This is a great opportunity to become part of our compassionate, dedicated & patient centred team, playing a key role in maintaining the quality care we deliver to our patients.

You will need to have extensive experience as a senior nurse, with enhanced clinical skills in assessing and treating complex and frail patients & have a proven track record of leading a team, be responsive to the needs of patients & staff & be passionate about staff well-being. You will lead by example, motivate & empower the team so excellent communication skills are essential.

We will support you in developing your portfolio & by doing this you will lead on quality priorities within the division & represent the division in Trust wide forums &be involved in projects, service development & redesign.

Main duties of the job

For the continuous improvement of clinical care, efficiency, patient safety and experience for all patients and carers

Accountable for the delivery and monitoring of robust infection control measures through relentless vigilance by ensuring delivery of all aspects of the Infection Control Strategy

To work autonomously as required as an enhanced practitioner on the community hospital wards and within the newly developing frailty service

To manage the nursing and clinical service, ensuring the delivery of high quality, timely care

Line manage the ward nursing staff & support them to develop & lead their own teams, having oversight of the resource management, including budget responsibility.

Part of the leadership team within NEECs this role will be patient facing & fundamental in developing the focus of the patient safety, enhancing patient pathways, patient experience & the quality agenda.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that time matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

Please ensure you read the attached information regarding Covid vaccination requirements.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide leadership for staff working in the clinical Specialty

Provide professional and managerial leadership for all nursing and support roles and be accountable for the safe, efficient delivery of patient care in line with current research/evidence, ensuring a framework of safe, effective practice

Working closely with Sister/charge Nurse will, as a key member of the Clinical Specialty Senior Team, be responsible and accountable for facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of the Trust and NHS commissioning requirements through clinical service delivery

Person Specification



  • Masters Degree in relation to health management Or equivalent experience
  • Professional nursing qualification
  • Evidence of academic pathway equivalent to Degree in Nursing or Health Related study


  • Management Leadership Qualification, which has been tested in a management post



  • Proven experience at senior nurse level with recent experience as Band 7
  • Experience of effective budgetary management
  • Significant experience of effective staff management
  • Experience of ability to manage and lead nursing team
  • Experience of service redesign and development


  • Evidence of effective working relationships both inside and outside the organisation
  • Experience of leading strategic/cross Trust changes
  • Experience in preparing business cases

Skills & Knowledge


  • Heightened awareness of national nursing and midwifery initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to liaise & negotiate
  • The ability to work co-operatively with senior staff within the Trust & to develop effective working relationships across the Divisions
  • Strong quality focus with an innovative approach & the ability to solve complex problems

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