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Deputy Matron

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£56,698 to £65,095 per annum
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint a new nurse leader to join the nursing team within the Private Care Services Division at the Royal Marsden. The role is a key part of the senior management team, working alongside the Matron of Private Care to provide clinical leadership to the nursing and administrative teams, maintaining credibility through practice and provide a high quality and safe patient service. Within this role, you will be responsible for all aspects of daily operational management of the private care inpatient and day surgery areas. The role has professional accountability for the workforce, service delivery, service strategy, clinical quality, governance, and safety.

The successful candidate will be an experienced nurse leader with the ability to motivate and inspire staff to deliver the highest possible clinical and professional standards. You will be a clinical role model and will be passionate about improvement and patient-centred care. You will possess the relevant professional qualifications and management knowledge, acquired through training and experience.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Patricia Oliveira, Matron for Private Care,

Main duties of the job

The Royal Marsden Private Care has dedicated private in-patient and a Day surgery unit located on the Chelsea Site. As a specialist cancer centre, we have the clinical expertise, facilities and technology to provide leading private care service. Leadership qualities across the clinical and non-clinical aspects of an international service model will be required to ensure service excellence, which exceeds patient / customer expectations. Chelsea Private Care Services will link in with the three other hospital sites Sutton, Cavendish Square and a Medical Day Unit at Kingston Hospital.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read job description for further information.

Provide and sustain a high-quality specialist nursing service to patients and their families within own area of expertise.
  • Advise the Matron Private Care Services on the formulation and revision of relevant policies and to regularly review this following change/implementation. To work within the procedures and policies of the Trust.
  • Continuously review the Nursing Service to ensure an appropriate level of nursing intervention, so that patients referred and supported by the appropriate specialist.
  • Where appropriate, to participate in the establishment/maintenance and support of nurse led clinics whereby the problems and needs of patients and their carers are appropriately channelled. To review the effectiveness of these clinics on a regular basis.
  • Supporting the Patient pathway teams to co-ordinate private in-patient bed allocations, management of international patient diverted to other facilities.
  • Provide support and advice to patients and their carers relating to all diagnostic and treatment pathways.
  • To liaise with relevant members of the multi-disciplinary team to optimise the smooth transition through the various aspects of the treatment pathway.

Person Specification



  • Registration (NMC)
  • Diploma or Degree level study (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Master's degree or equivalent job-related experience or post grad calibre


  • Qualification in oncology
  • ILS
  • Recognised teaching qualification
  • Leadership qualification
  • Experience in accreditation processes



  • Significant post registration nursing experience in oncology or speciality to be confident and competent in using the required skills to do the job.
  • Current experience in managing the deteriorating oncology patient, including the safe transfer of patients
  • Experience in Clinical Management and leadership at band 7 or equivalent .
  • Experience in a large complex NHS organisation and private care.
  • Good understanding of the clinical and non-clinical aspects of an international service model
  • Success in achieving substantial organisation change and implementing highly complex projects
  • Experience of participating in change initiatives within and operational and clinical teams
  • Experience of participating in projects involving clinicians and clinical leaders

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills with particular ability to liaise with multidisciplinary team members
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality issues
  • Evidence of understanding the NHS policy
  • Computer Literacy (e.g.: Microsoft Word and Outlook)
  • Able to lead Root Cause Analysis investigations to facilitate staff in identifying and embedding areas for improvement in the provision of high quality and safe care
  • Able to manage multiple and complex projects including tracking of plans and actions
  • Able to present confidently and persuasively to small and large groups
  • Able to present complex information appropriately to the Trust's Governance Committees
  • Ability to lead audit activities to assess and monitor the quality of care and identify areas for improvement
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly proficient in the use of standard office software packages
  • Ability to think innovatively in a work context

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Chelsea

Fulham Road



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