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Matron for Neonatal Services

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
The Liverpool Women's in partnership with Alder Hey are creating a specialist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Partnership brings together two world renowned NHS organisations, working together to provide seamless Neonatal Services for the city of Liverpool: Liverpool Women's and Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation trusts.

This is an exciting time to join the team. Our new 44 cot Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened on the Liverpool Women's Hospital site in Spring 2020 and a 22 cot Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will open on the Alder Hey Children's Hospital Site in October 2025. This new unit will consist of single-family rooms only and be the only unit of its type in the UK.

We are excited to be in a position to recruit a new Matron to join our team The post holder will carry primary responsibility for the continuing operational management of the surgical NICU on the Alder Hey site, whilst being accountable for providing professional nursing and clinical leadership. Under the Liverpool Neonatal Partnership, specialist neonatal staff from both Liverpool Women's and Alder Hey Hospitals are working together to change and improve how neonatal services are delivered to families across the North Westand provide the highest level of care for the most vulnerable babies in the region. This includes reducing the number of transfers of neonates between hospitals by 50%.

Main duties of the job

The post holder (Matron) will be a Registered Nurse and carry primary responsibility for the continuing operational management of the surgical NICU. However this will be a rotational post with the NICU at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Whilst being accountable for providing professional nursing and clinical leadership. They will set and monitor both clinical and non-clinical performance standards and where necessary intervene to secure an immediate remedy where these fall short of what is required. The post holder will be highly visible and accessible to families and staff and focus on improving the fundamental and essential aspects of care to patients, including cleanliness, improving clinical care standards, ensuring best practice in infection control, ensuring quality improvement work is implemented and sustained and ensuring all families are treated with respect and dignity. The post holder will contribute to the strategic direction of nursing across the neonatal service.

The successful candidate will be accountable for the operational management and development of the nursing team and healthcare support workers based within the surgical NICU, with a portfolio including quality, risk, complaints and nursing management. They will work closely with the Head of Nursing, Lead Nurse and Clinical Director to ensure the safe running of the unit, alongside the leadership teams at Alder Hey.

About us

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust delivers the highest standards of care for women, babies and families. Each year we deliver over 7,500 babies, carry out over 49,000 gynaecological inpatient and outpatient procedures, care for over 1,000 poorly & preterm new-borns, perform around 1,000 IVF cycles and have over 4,000 genetic appointments taking place. We believe that this along with a strong dedication to research & innovation makes us the specialist health provider of choice in Europe for women, babies and families.

We have some of the leading experts in their field, which has been showcased on national TV and news, making our teams famous across the world for professionalism, skill & compassion.

The Trust is constantly innovating and evolving its services to provide the most cutting edge and modern care possible. As well as developing services on our current site we have long-term aspirations for the future. We have recently launched a number of new strategies which provide a detailed long-term plan for our services.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Work in collaboration with the Facilities team to ensure that support services, including cleaning schedules are reflective of the needs of the clinical areas and that the environment is maintained appropriately. Act as familys advocate in promoting, and delivering the highest standard of care, and monitor compliance against current, relevant policies and procedures. Provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence to whom families can turn for assistance. Ensure the fundamental and essential aspects of care are met and measured by benchmarking. Lead clinical governance initiatives ensuring a process of quality improvement and driving up standards of nursing care. Take on an active role in the quality and risk agenda Contribute to developing and measuring and monitoring nursing performance Ensure that equipment is clean, well maintained and fit for purpose and that staff are trained in its use accordingly. Provide support and advice on issues relating to safeguarding children/protecting children/domestic violence and vulnerable adults for nurses/midwives and support staff in the Division. Contribute to Clinical Governance, CNST/ NHSLA, CQC requirements, and Research and Development initiatives, providing professional advice and Provide evidence for compliance and lead on action plans where gaps are identified. Review all adverse clinical incidents and investigate as needed, reporting and providing evidence of learning as appropriate Comply with Trust policy for management and administration of medicines, proactively working with clinical teams to reduce the severity of medicine related incidents Identify areas of special interest, practice development, and service improvement delegating to team members as appropriate Undertake clinical duties to maintain professional competence, authority and credibility.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Adult/Child/Midwifery
  • Degree in relevant health related subject
  • Qualification In Speciality
  • Extensive experience at Band 7 tertiary level.
  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching.
  • Leadership qualification


  • Master's degree



  • Knowledge of effective management of large budgets.
  • Broad range of clinical experience acquired through a minimum of 3 years practice at a senior level in an tertiary neonatal environment
  • Experience of leading clinical teams and holding colleagues to account.
  • Experience of operational management in an acute neonatal environment.
  • Proven ability to manage change in a complex environment.
  • Proven ability to achieve targets and objectives within a pressured environment
  • Experience of delivering the clinical governance agenda
  • Experience of risk management and quality assurance
  • Knowledge of effective management of large budgets.

Knowledge and Skill


  • Knowledge of the statutory framework governing nurses, midwives and care givers.
  • Ability to set a clear vision for NICU and bring others along to achieve that vision.
  • Understanding of national and local policy drivers
  • Ability to communicate complex information to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Highly developed problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to analyse a wide range of data and make decision from it.
  • Highly developed written and verbal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Women's Hospital

Crown Street Liverpool


L8 7SS

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