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Matron - Children and Young People's Services

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 a year per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Are you an experienced Children's Nurse who is looking to take the next step and make a significant difference in ensuring children, young people and their families have the best possible experience? Do you have an exciting vision of how Specialist services, Transition and Outpatient services for children and young people should be delivered? If your answer is yes then the perfect opportunity has arisen for you and we are waiting to hear from you.

We have a well-established Specialist Nursing team who provide a service for children and young people with conditions relating to epilepsy, neurology, cardiology, diabetes, allergy, asthma, haemoglobinopathy, safeguarding, neonatal outreach, constipation, adolescence and transition. We have two well established outreach teams for CYP who cover Neonatal Outreach and Children's Hospital at Home services.

If you are looking for career development where you can innovate and lead change, and you are highly motivated, energised and dynamic and looking to make a real difference to patient and staff experience then this is an exciting opportunity for you. You must be a registered Children's Nurse with substantial post registration experience in an acute caresetting, or in specialist nursing at Band 7 level.

You will need to be flexible in your approach to work and in the hours that you may be required to work in order that we can provide a service to children and their families.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will lead the CYP teams working in CYP Outpatient areas, Specialist Nursing teams and Transition services. You will work alongside the existing CYP Matron for Acute Care and the Associate Director of Nursing for CYP Services, Divisional Management and Trust Leadership Team, to motivate and take forward the agenda that is required to ensure that children and young people receive the very best care and experience at Darent Valley Hospital. A focus on positive staff morale and wellbeing, improving outcomes and the experience of the child and young person will be essential.

Applications are invited from highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic Children's Nurses with excellent communication skills and experience of managing the challenges of change, to join our innovative forward-thinking CYP Matron team.

The post holder will take responsibility for providing senior nursing leadership and support to the CYP areas and services within the Trust, working closely with the Paediatric Emergency Department and other areas to ensure seamless care for children and young people.

Your primary focus will be on continued co-ordination and development of the service, liaising with the Band 7 Ward Managers and Specialist Nurses, to ensure robust clinical governance and quality assurance.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure the co-ordination of safe and equitable staffing levels in conjunction and negotiation with the clinic and ward managers taking into account the particular needs of each area and having awareness of the financial consequences of the decision making.

To carry out daily walk around in all the clinical areas, facilitating communication with the patients, families and staff, observation of practice and the delivery of effective infection control and prevention standards and the promotion of timely and managed protected meal times.

To carry out weekly rounds with the clinic and ward managers and their teams, in each clinical area within their realm of responsibility in order to assess and evaluate patient care.

To ensure effective co-ordination and timely management of out- patient clinic services across Trust sites.

To be highly visible, accessible and approachable to all nursing staff, children and their families and public so that open and honest communication channels are created and effective assessments of care delivery can be undertaken.

To ensure that practice is evidence based, ensuring clinical guidelines aredeveloped and implemented, taking into account the scope of practice within the clinical areas. To support the Associate Director of Nursing in ensuring Specialist Nurses practice in line with agreed guidelines

To act as the lead in the monitoring of clinical standards, including observations of care and patient feedback on an annual basis and more frequently when areas of concern are identified.

To ensure that assessments and re-assessment of clinical skills are carried out within all CYP areas on an annual basis in conjunction with the ward managers and Practice Educators.

To ensure that all staff adhere to Infection Control policies and that procedures and are audited to ensure compliance. Undertake training sessions for staff as appropriate and link closely with the Infection Control Team.

Undertake clinical shifts in CYP clinical areas as required in order to clinically engage with all members of the CYP multidisciplinary team, acting as an expert source of information and a leadership role model

Person Specification



  • registration as a children's nurse
  • Degree or Masters degree
  • Clinical teaching/mentor qualification
  • Considerable post qualifying experience of which at least two years should be at Band 7
  • Clinical leadership and management at Band 7
  • Evidence of a continuing professional development portfolio/ongoing education
  • Experience of undertaking investigations and RCA investigations
  • Evidence of band 7 experience in an acute paediatric hospital setting
  • Ability to work within and across varied teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Change management and project management experience


  • Registered nurse on another part of the NMC register
  • Masters degree or working towards
  • APLS
  • Area of specialist practice

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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