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Band 8a Modern Matron - Salisbury

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about high quality adult inpatient care and have extensive experience in older adult services?

We are excited to be recruiting a Modern Matron for Amblescroft Unit, our 2 Older Adult wards at Fountain Way Hospital (20 Organic and 20 functional beds).

You will be managerially responsible and accountable for the unit, and as an integral part of the locality senior leadership team, you will provide supervision for ward managers and senior practitioners and have an overview of the supervision and professional development of inpatient staff.

You will be contributing to strategic development within the area, delivering key Trust objectives (including efficient patient flow between ward and community), and support these areas through effective communication with all groups of staff and stakeholders.

Working closely with the Quality Improvement Lead and Clinical Lead, you will ensure that there are governance structures to ensure robust learning from incidents, and you will maintain an overview of risk reporting and complaints.

You will also contribute significantly to developing service and quality improvements. This will include nursing practice, education, skills and role development, with a specific focus on physical health care.

Main duties of the job

Within AWP we have all the raw ingredients to make us a truly outstanding organisation.

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to join our Senior Leadership Team within the role of Modern Matron in Wiltshire, and invite you to join us on this journey within our friendly, well established and enthusiastic teams and enjoy a package of exceptional benefits.

Within the role of Modern Matron you will have extensive clinical leadership experience and will be responsible for our older adult inpatient units located at Fountain Way Hospital Salisbury. These include two Older Adult inpatient units, functional and organic.

Our wards are on a positive journey to improve staff wellbeing and are committed to supporting you and your development. If you have the appropriate level of clinical leadership experience, are committed to Service User care and quality improvement then come and find out about our work and plans for the future.

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Relocation package up to �8,000
  • Access to NHS staff discount schemes
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Long Service Awards

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1 Clinical Practice ManagementObjective:To act as a Clinical Leader with continuing clinical responsibility within the designated clinical areas,ensuring that services provide high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning,interventions and evaluations for patients. This will include: Confidential, sensitive and comprehensive, person-centred mental health nursing assessmentthat includes a Risk Assessment and ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental healthproblems. Contributing to the professional development and the clinical supervision of team members on aformal and regular basis to maintain and develop quality standards of practice in accordance withappropriate professional guidelines, Trust Policies and level of responsibility of the post. Enable service users by providing accurate and appropriate information, offering choices andinvolving them as fully as possible in the care process. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant Mental Health Legislation. Ensure the ordering, storage, administration and disposal of medication complies with relevantTrust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuseof Drugs Act 1971 and MHA (1983). Demonstrating knowledge, experience and competence specific to the area of practice. Enabling staff to use evidence-based strategies and person-centred/psychosocial interventions inthe care and treatment of people with mental health problems. Leading by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutualunderstanding and collaboration between services involved in the care process. To provide a source of information on how to best meet the mental health needs of service usersand their carers. Pursue legitimate patient concerns, resolving problems on their behalf in an efficient and effectivemanner. To ensure that all staff are familiar with all clinical and other policies and procedures operationalwithin the Trust, and evidence this.2 Teaching, Education & Health PromotionObjective:To use the Practitioners specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities forstaff within designated areas. This will include: Regular provision of advice and training to staff. Contribution to the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registeredstudents, novice practitioners, new team members. This may include formal teaching sessions. Evidence of promotion of positive attitudes towards mental health. To promote a culture of learning within the designated clinical areas.3 Continuing Professional DevelopmentObjective:To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that practice reflectsbest practice, remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHSservice needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000). Abide by the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practiceas outlined in the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nursesand Midwives. Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development asoutlined in NMC Standards. To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from an identifiedSenior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy. To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the linemanager, and to maintain records of these meetings. To maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). To work to the Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust. Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issuesacting in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy, and ensure that staffalso work within these guidelines.4. Finance and WorkforceObjective To manage the all budgets within the post holders span of control and make best use of availableworkforce resources based on agreed staffing models. To agree and manage all pay and non pay budgets for area of responsibility. To ensure that PEAT and environmental risk assessments are completed on a regular basis sothat best use is made of non pay/capital resources. To work with the Estates and Facilities team to monitor all appropriate contracts including thosedirectly managed, outsourced, PFI and SLAs. Ensure specified standards are met. To manage all staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance To regularly review skill mix and staffing resource and skill mix, ensuring that service provision isboth safe and therapeutic. To develop staff rosters in line with AWP guidance utilizing electronic rostering systems(Rosterpro) To ensure structured appraisal systems are in place for all staff.5 Record Keeping and AdministrationObjective:To maintain standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP TrustPolicy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines. This will include: The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records inaccordance wit relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy, and Trust guidance. Ensure that staffare working within the NMC and Trust guidance and provide evidence of adherence. To establish comparison groups and clinical benchmarking activity concerning documentation asoutlined in The Essence of Care, and to work under the direction of Essence of Care lead. To contribute to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating to RecordsManagement within their span of control. Abide by all Trust and Service Policies and Procedures relating to health and safety atwork and to ensure that all staff are aware and compliant. To maintain safety of clientsand staff within the Unit and ensure legal obligations are fulfilled.6 Evidence-Based Nursing, Practice Development& Clinical AuditObjective:To contribute to practice development activity and evidence-based mental health nursing. This willinclude: To lead relevant practice development/research activity. To put in place a rolling programme of audit. To lead clinical benchmarking activity as outlined in The Essence of Care. To keep up to date with national audits and research regarding people with mental health needsspecific to the posts requirements. To work within the framework of AWP and Department of Health Research Governance.7 Service Overview and PlanningObjective:To contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include: To participate in and contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, including the review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix, and to be actively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process for all staff. To contribute to clinical policy development and clinical governance functions, working collaboratively with Clinical Leads, Lead Nurses, Service Users, Carers and local Managers. Work with the line Manager to develop effective and innovative ways of delivering integrated mental health services which reflect the principles of best value, advising them about ways of using budgets and resources that safeguard users and promote professional standards. Monitor budgets and contribute to the delivery of cost effective nursing services. To initiate and support the development of quality improvements in the nursing service, consulting with service users, their carers and service staff. To provide line management functions to identified staff that will include ward managers for the designated areas, including the development of appraisal and performance management systems. To respond to the objectives outlined within the Trusts Nursing Strategy. Contribute to the development of Patient Forums and associated PPI requirements.8 Professional Nursing AdviceObjective:To provide professional nursing advice within the post-holders area of responsibility. This will include: To be actively involved in giving professional advice relating to nursing issues. Involvement in nursing disciplinary and grievance procedures and investigations. To give accurate advice around nurse grading and associated appeals.9 Standards for better health (S4BH)Objective Assess and monitor service provision against S4BH standards (e.g. healthcare, associated infection control, health and safety, catering and food hygiene, fire safety and emergency planning) and contribute to the development of services that meet these standards. To chair PEAT groups within span of control and ensure this meets regulations with appropriate membership, and that it works to an action plan. To monitor and enhance standards of cleanliness The national specifications for cleanliness in the NHS: a framework for setting and measuring performance outcomes, April 2007) the quality of hospital food, ward environments and the prevention and control of hospital acquired infection asoutlined in HSC 2001/010.

Person Specification



  • RN3: Mental Health Nurse, Level 1
  • IM& T computer literate.
  • Experience and knowledge of managing physical healthcare in older adults


  • Relevant degree
  • Dual registration



  • Substantial post-registration experience - gained in a variety of settings and including experience as ward manager
  • Practical working experience at senior nurse or at middle management level
  • Experience of preparing and presenting complex reports for both clinical and managerial
  • Highly developed knowledge of the MHA, other relevant legislation and codes, and


  • Facility management experience
  • Project management experience
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