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Modern Matron

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
24 Dec 2023

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Band 8A
Full Time
Matron (CAMHS Medium Secure Unit) -- 12-month secondment (maternity backfill)

Would you like to lead and develop an established and well supported Medium Secure Unit that supports the recovery/discovery of young people who present as a risk to others and sometimes themselves? If so, then the Matron role at Bluebird House might be for you.

We are seeking an experienced manager with excellent clinical skills and an ability to engage young people with mental health difficulties, families, system partners and stakeholders, to join our established team for 12 months to cover maternity leave. The secondment will begin in early January 2024, before the current Matron begins her maternity leave, to provide a comprehensive handover period and induction to the service.

Set in picturesque grounds at Tatchbury Mount on the edge of the New Forest, on the same site as other secure services, Bluebird House is a purpose build hospital with excellent facilities and resources to ensure that it is a therapeutic environment for those young people requiring an admission.

The Matron will be responsible for the delivery of all aspects of the service, and the post is well supported by the Specialist Services Divisional leadership and business support team, embedded performance and quality governance structures, and well-resourced clinical and administrative teams.

Please contact Alison Vasey, Head of Clinical Services, at for further information or an informal discussion.

Main duties of the job

The primary role of the Modern Matron is to lead the operational and clinical delivery of the inpatient service.

Bluebird House is a 14-bedded Medium Secure Unit (MSU) for young people aged 12-18 years.

Working with a wide range of Southern Health business and clinical colleagues, as well as community-based health and social care partners, the role will ensure the effective implementation of the NHSE Service Strategy and the Divisional Business Plan in order to improve the young people and carer/family experience, improve outcomes for young people, and to provide services which are value for money.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bluebird House

Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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