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Matron for In-Patients and Bereavement Services

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year 2.5% On-Call Uplift
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Inpatient Maternity Matron is a pivotal member of the Senior Leadership Team which has devolved responsibility and shared accountability for the operational delivery and strategic development of the Maternity Service. The post holder will act as a role model for outstanding clinical leadership and management and play a vital role in developing and implementing the Maternity Service strategy and vision in line with the Trust's vision, values and strategic goals. The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the effective delivery of services and staff within the Maternity In-Patient areas and Bereavement at the John Radcliffe Site.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • be accessible and visible to staff, patients and visitors
  • manage the delegated budget by monitoring the use of resources (pay and non-pay), investigate areas of overspend and take prompt action to ensure that the highest standards are delivered within the resources available to the department
  • ensure maintenance of statistics and contribution to activity reports
  • develop systems to ensure all activity within the defined clinical areas is recorded and appropriately funded
  • contribute to the Midwifery Leadership Team On Call Rota, which provides 24 hour cover for the maternity service across all maternity areas within Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust site
  • participate in the Day-to-Day Operational Manager shifts (Bleep holding)
  • work closely with the Midwifery Leadership Team to ensure excellent standards around the environment, infection control practices, high standards of cleanliness and compliance with national and local standards are met
  • work closely with the wider multidisciplinary team across wider maternity services, Directorate and Division.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel. Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families. For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management and Leadership:
  • Promote and contribute to the development of evidenced based practice
  • Ensure compliance with agreed guidelines and standards for maternity care in collaboration with midwives and the multi-professional team
  • Engender a culture of respectful relationships
  • Provide management and leadership to the team based in the areas of responsibility
  • Be actively involved with all aspects of Clinical Governance, including investigating and implementing actions related to complaints
  • Ensure that investigation action plans are implemented
  • Support managers with staff development plans
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Trust Policies and Guidelines
  • Liaise with Director of Midwifery Services, Deputy Heads of Midwifery, Consultant Midwives, Consultant Obstetricians, Midwives and Sonographers in the development of evidence-based practice
  • Identify areas for audit that address national and local strategies and guidelines
  • Contribute to local and national audits
  • Ensure staff who come into contact with vulnerable adults or children during the course of their normal duties are aware of their responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults

Clinical Responsibilities:
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues to promote a customer focused culture that enhances the patient experience
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Lead, ensure that Clinical Governance, Risk Management and Quality Assurance initiatives are achieved within Maternity Services
  • To ensure strategies are in place to effectively manage emergency situations in the clinical areas
  • In collaboration with the Governance Team, ensure that any necessary action plans are implemented as a result of internal or external reports
  • Communicate/present complex information to key stakeholders (CCG, BOB LMNS, University, Leadership Team, staff, birthing families)
  • To demonstrate use of excellent communication skills in all aspects of work, whilst ensuring strategies are in place that promote effective working relationships at all levels
  • To raise the profile of the Maternity In-patient and Bereavement service areas at Local, National and International level
  • To manage conflict promptly and effectively and to ensure that strategies are in place to support staff
  • In collaboration with the Governance Team, facilitate the implementation of an effective Risk Management strategy whilst ensuring that all Trust Policies / Procedures are both adhered to and implemented and that all relevant training and mandatory updates are provided for all staff
  • Work with the PMR lead as part of the governance process.
  • Demonstrate how user feedback can facilitate change.

Personnel Management and Organisational Development:
  • Ensure that all performance, attendance and disciplinary matters are dealt with promptly and effectively utilising guidance from the Human Resource Department
  • Provide support to the Midwifery Leadership Team in dealing with complex management issues
  • Ensure that plans are in place for all staff to have timely annual appraisal and appropriate person development plan
  • In collaboration with the Midwifery Leadership Team ensure the implementation of an effective Recruitment and Retention process and provide innovative potential solutions to overcome any difficulties
  • To implement and support quality initiatives within the clinical areas
  • To provide overall direction regarding the implementing and auditing of local and Trust Policies/Protocols/Guidelines for all areas
  • To play a key role in the areas of responsibility ensuring agendas are relevant, that time is utilised efficiently and that any action plans are agreed and recorded
  • To communicate on a regular basis with all staff ensuring they are up to date with Directorate, Divisional, Trust and National issues
  • Develop and support the Band 7 midwives in the day-to-day coordination of the clinical areas
  • Assist with the selection and recruitment of staff in conjunction with the Director of Midwifery, the Deputy Heads of Midwifery and the Midwifery Leadership Team
  • Manage and support all staff in line with Trust HR policies and guidelines
  • Support staff to complete Statutory Mandatory training in line with Trust policy
  • Comply with all Trust Policies and Procedures

  • In conjunction with the Practice Development Midwives (PDM), maintain an effective learning environment for all staff
  • Help identify training needs of staff
  • Liaise with the Director of Midwifery, the Heads of Midwifery and the Practice Development Midwives to provide a programme of in-service training. Ensure appropriate monitoring systems are in place
  • Implement appropriate management and leadership training and development programmes in conjunction with the Director of Midwifery, Heads of Midwifery and the Midwifery Leadership Team. Participate in multidisciplinary educational programmes as appropriate.

Financial and Performance Management:
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Lead, agree the annual budget for the clinical areas and act as an authorised budget holder
  • Effectively manage the pay and non-pay budgets for the areas of responsibility
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Lead oversee the procurement of all equipment/consumables for the unit, ensuring processes are in place to effectively manage stock levels, that relevant bids/business cases are submitted to meet evolving service need and that Trust policy is adhered to in relation to managing trials and company representatives
  • Promote and contribute to the development of information systems within the areas of responsibility
  • Manage the use of temporary staff and implement appropriate monitoring/action plans
  • To assist in the development of appropriate business cases
  • Develop systems to ensure all activity within the defined clinical areas is recorded and appropriately funded

Person Specification

Essential Criteria


  • Registered Midwife
  • Educated to MSc level or equivalent level of experience
  • Good knowledge of Maternity Services and Issues
  • Good evidence of leading a team and change management
  • Evidence of good communication skills
  • Evidence of good writing skills


  • Management/ Leadership qualification
  • Evidence of audit and research
  • Evidence of managing a budget

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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