Matron in Cancer and Oncology

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Westcliff on Sea
£50,952 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 8A
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen at MSE for a Cancer and Oncology Matron to cover for a 6month period.

We are looking for a driven individual with senior experience and leadership skills to achieve and maintain high standards of clinical care within the oncology wards and cancer departments.

A nurse leader and role model for the staff we represent, to drive and monitor the standards for quality and safety for our patients.

The role will include working alongside the senior leadership team for future service delivery. This includes being integral in professional and practice development within the service to meet the national and local agenda.

Main duties of the job

If successful, you will:
  • play a key role in achieving and maintaining the highest standards and quality of clinical care across Cancer, the Oncology wards and departments at Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Work in conjunction with the ward and clinic nurse managers, the post holder will ensure the ward/ clinical environments are conductive to service user care and positive service user experience.
  • manage nursing staff, and be accountable to the Associate Director of Nursing for all aspects of the quality of services delivered within the area of authority.
  • maintain a visible professional presence where patients, carers and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support.
  • lead and participate in projects and areas of work, which reflect clinical, professional, National and Corporate objectives for Cancer and Oncology services.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work within cancer and oncology based at Southend Cancer Centre but covering services across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration of the Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer , General Managers to ensure high quality patient care is provided.
  • Advise and support the Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer on professional nursing issues and provide professional leadership for staff groups.
  • To provide guidance, support and effective clinical leadership for ward and clinic nurse managers and take responsibility for standards of clinical practice, creating an environment where excellent clinical care is provided.
  • To ensure performance standards are met and take the necessary action if they are not.
  • Directly line manage ward , cancer CNSs, clinic managers and through this staff group ensure that all member of the team are managed in accordance with trust policy, procedure and best practice.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer and General Managers develop workforce plans, via the ward clinic management structure which anticipates service changes and development, address monitoring recruitment, retention and workforce supply by ensuring that job descriptions are reviewed regularly and job specifications are updated, linking with the Director for Nursing when required.
  • Ensure the effective risk management systems are in place within the areas and contribute to service strategies to manage risk.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Trusts Nursing Strategy.
  • Support the ward/department managers with their budget management. Ensure that changes in workload and patterns of service are brought to the attention of the Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer and assist in the necessary changes in budget.
  • To ensure the principles of clinical governance and practiced and demonstrated on a daily bases being reflected through quarterly reports and action plans. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring ownership of clinical governance at all levels of clinical staff on the site.
  • Contribute to the reduction of healthcare acquired infection be ensuring a high standard of infection control practice in the light of research current best evidence and legislation.
  • Ensure appraisals systems are in place and that all staff have personal development plans and receive appraisal which are reviewed annually.
  • Monitor and manage sickness/absence and to take action where performance standards are not achieved to ensure Trust objectives are achieved.
  • To represent the Division where appropriate the Trust forums both within and external to the trust.
  • To investigate complaints, incident grievance, performance issues developing action plans and make recommendations as required.

Research and Audit

Lead in developing a culture, and act as a resource, of evidence based practice and research awareness.
  • Lead in identifying areas in which nursing research might usefully take place to improve care.
  • Implement and use audit data to improve quality of service.
  • To be responsible in updating own research knowledge in current practice.
Personal and Professional Responsibilities
  • Comply with the NMC Professional Code of Conduct, relevant legislation procedures and policies.
  • Remain up to date with national and local development in nursing/midwifery and NHS policies and practice.
  • Act as positive role model at work for colleagues in relation to personal and professional conduct if practice.
  • Participate in professional nursing networks as appropriate.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with all relevant personnel.
  • To ensure best practice is shared by facilitating and progressing clinical practice benchmarking within the area.
  • To encourage service user involvement is implemented at all level and that they contribute to monitoring and evaluating service planning and delivery.
  • Participate in the senior managers/senior nurse on call Rota as requested.
  • Under projects as and when required.
  • Participate in Trust wide groups as required e.g. infection control, professional Nursing Forum and others.
  • Act as a resource/support to the hospital capacity team and processes.
Education and Training
  • Assist multi-disciplinary teams to develop and deliver education program to enhance patient care.
  • Input into ensuring education and training are delivered consistencies across the directorate.
  • To liaise with the Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer to ensure that there is an organisational approach to education and training across the oncology division at Southend.
  • Maintain links with external Organisation providing support and information for patients within own areas.
  • Ensure professional development of all nursing staff in accordance with PREP and service requirement using individual review with the ward/department manager.
Clinical Governance
  • To manage complaints and outcomes from the complaints.
  • To lead continuous quality improvement, clearly identifying and dissemination audit activity and outcome to own areas.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures of the Trusts are followed.
  • To participant and lead on case review using root cause analysis to critical incidents.
  • Represent the directorate on Governance group and provide monthly and quarterly clinical governance reports.

Person Specification



  • Accredited teaching course
  • Registered Nurse



  • Demonstrable experience working in senior nursing role (Band 7 or above)
  • Management and Leadership experience
  • Evidence that they have experience of working under a Governance Framework

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