Matron - Research & Innovation

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to retirement an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Matron to join our dynamic team research nursing team within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) working alongside the team based in the NIHR Clinical Research Facility. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual who is willing continue develop their expertise and leadership in clinical research and this exciting area of medicine.

The BRC funds research into the discovery of the basis of childhood rare diseases, the development of novel diagnostics and imaging techniques, and new treatments including pharmacological, stem cell and genetic therapies. A number of entirely novel experimental therapies are being trialled in children with a rare disease including cancer, muscular dystrophies, kidney disease and metabolic diseases. This is done mainly in the NIHR Clinical Research Facility, a state of the art, purpose-built facility where children can receive these new drugs in a safe and comfortable environment. The NIHR Clinical Research Facility increasingly supports experimental studies which recruit and assess children in other areas of Great Ormond Street hospital (for example recruitment and follow up of children, whenever appropriate.

This cutting-edge Research facility provides a high quality, clinical environment, in which children and young people can take part in research programmes safely and effectively, according to robust and ethically approved protocols.

Main duties of the job

The Matron will work collaboratively with the Head of Nursing & Patient Experience to lead the speciality senior research nursing teams and CRF sister, ensuring that robust systems of governance and performance management are in place to deliver high quality child and family centred research services. The post holder will work collaboratively to deliver the clinical research service alongside the Advanced Clinical Practice Research Nursing team. The post holder will need to have a clear understanding of the research process and be confident in leading on all aspects of early phase and IMP clinical research as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operational management of clinical research nursing service.

This is an excellent opportunity for highly motivated experienced peadiatric research nurse. You must have effective organizational skills and be looking for a new and exciting challenge. You should demonstrate the ability to manage own workload and to work as part of a team. Previous early phase and IMP research experience is essential for the post along with excellent operational leadership and significant line management experience. A comprehensive training and development programme will be available to the successful applicant.

Shifts will be between the hours of 08.00-18.00. Some early evening, weekend and night working may be required at times

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • GOSH Always Values

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child)
  • Relevant Degree in health care related subject
  • Evidence of ongoing dynamic continuing professional development linked to demonstrable clinical competencies/appropriate post graduate academic studies
  • Leadership and management training or willingness to undertake
  • Good Clinical Practice


  • Relevant master's degree or equivalent experience
  • Advanced Life Support Qualification (APLS/EPLS)



  • Significant experience at a senior level in early phase and IMP research trials
  • Significant experience at a senior level in a relevant paediatric clinical environment
  • Demonstrable experience in early phase and IMP research trials
  • Experience in implementing workforce review /redesign and experience in developing and retaining staff.
  • Experience of leading, managing and developing people and teams/departments
  • Experience of managing professional development and professional conduct issues
  • Financial management experience
  • Experience of working with children and families to improve patient experience
  • Experience in leading on quality, governance, standards of care, clinical audit, benchmarking, performance standards and clinical improvements
  • Management of complaints and incidents and implementation of subsequent learning
  • Managing safeguarding concerns
  • Experience of training and development
  • Experience of managing complex and competing issues
  • Implementing evidence-based practice /nursing research in practice
  • Knowledge of national nursing and children's agenda
  • Knowledge of national health agenda
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, audit, research and improvement agenda
  • Knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety


  • Experience in service development and business planning
  • Understanding of NMC revalidation requirements



  • Demonstrates compassion in practice
  • Relevant specialist clinical skills
  • Excellent managerial, operational, leadership and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent coaching/facilitation, staff development and empowerment skills
  • Able to problem solve and initiate change
  • Able to work across professional team and organisational boundaries and maintain constructive relationships
  • Ability to delegate, prioritise and make decisions
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise own workload and that of others
  • Able to de-escalate conflict situations
  • Evidence of personal insight and sound judgment
  • Professional credibility
  • Financial management skills
  • Ability to give clinical advice and provide the clinical contribution to business planning processes
  • Interviewing skills and Appraisal skills


  • Ability to develop staff through mentoring/coaching/clinical supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Great Ormond Street



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