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East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of a dynamic and complex Division leading on the patient safety and quality portfolio within Surgery and Gastroenterology? Do you want to take the next step in your career? If so this could be the role for you.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to join our division in a senior clinical position as Matron within our Surgery, Gastroenterology and Anaesthetics division.

The Division is split into three Clinical Delivery Groups: General Surgery and Gastroenterology Theatres and Anaesthetics Vascular and Urology. You will have a matron portfolio within General Surgery and Gastroenterology.

We are looking for a highly motivated, dynamic and passionate individual with proven leadership experience who has the energy to support and coach staff to ensure best practice across services. You will be an exceptional communicator, problem solver and able to build positive and effective relationships. You will lead by example, motivate and empower the team as well as be passionate about staff well-being.

We will support you in developing your portfolio so that you can lead on quality priorities within the division and represent the division in Trust wide forums. You will be involved in projects, service development and redesign.

You will be required to travel cross site between Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals.

Main duties of the job

You will work as an integral member of the management team to lead the development and delivery of service provision within the Division with a strong focus on patient safety and improving patient experience.

As Matron, you will work closely with the Clinical Director, Clinical Leads, General Manager and Matrons to support the delivery of clinical quality, operational and financial objectives.

You will provide cross-site based managerial, professional and clinical leadership to nursing and support staff, ensuring the professional contributions of these staff is maximised to achieve the Trusts objectives and strategic goals in accordance with user needs, and national and local professional standards.

You will line manage the senior nursing staff and support them to develop and lead their own teams, having oversight of the resource management, including budget responsibility.

As Matron you will be 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.

About us

One of the largest Trusts 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 almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. 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.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

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

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The Matron is responsible and accountable for implementation of robust systems and processes that ensure there is a continuing improvement in the quality of the service provided to patients, safety to staff and visitors to the Trust premises, who may be affected by the work of the Trust.

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description

Person Specification



  • Degree or quivalent in nursing or health related study
  • Professional nursing qualification


  • Masters Degree or working toward
  • Management Leadership Qualification

Knowledge & Skills


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to lead teams effectively, exercising sound judgement



  • Proven experience at senior nurse level with recent band 7 experience
  • Experience of effective budgetary mangaement
  • Significant experience of effective staff management


  • Evidence of effective working relationships both inside and outside the organisation

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust





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