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South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
There are so many reasons to join our team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.Aside from our fantastic staff, we have lots of exciting things going on.Our plans for ourEye Hospital in Sunderland are taking shape and will be our new home, with work having started this year. The new hospital means Sunderland will remain home to the regions only dedicated standalone eye hospital. It will strengthen our excellent reputation across the NHS, both regionally and nationally as a centre of excellence for ophthalmology care.

We also never stay still when it comes to discovering new and better treatments. As one of the few specialist eye hospitals in the country, research and using developing technology is a key part of our work. We encourage innovation and research in everything we do. There is always something to get involved in.If you share our vision for'excellence in all that we do', wed love you to join us!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced senior nurse to join the Ophthalmology Directorate on a permanent basis as our new Matron. We are looking for a dynamic and innovative individual who is as passionate about ophthalmology services as we are, to become part of our senior leadership team working as a triumvirate with the Clinical Director and Directorate Manager. The successful candidate will also be fully supported in their professional development by the wider senior nursing leadership team.

Main duties of the job

Applicants must be experienced as a Band 7 senior nurse, ideally within an ophthalmology environment, and possess excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills to be able to drive forward improvements in line with current operational and professional agendas. Candidates will be passionate about ophthalmic care and able to provide visible, compassionate and accessible senior leadership to support and develop the nursing team. Being able to work autonomously and with the multidisciplinary team to maintain a positive patient focused experience and environment is essential.

A flexible approach to work is required as well as the ability to demonstrate resilience to manage varying challenges in this demanding role. You must be able to provide professional direction, advocating excellence in clinical practice at all times and participate in a senior nurse rota to provide senior nurse cover across 7 days. Cross site matron cover to support care of other surgical services may also be required and you will be expected to support colleagues within the matron team.

Candidates wishing to know more about the post or to arrange an informal discussion / visit should contact: Fiona McKinley, Directorate Manager, Tel: 0191 5656256 ext. 46242 or email: Or Barbara Goodfellow, Head of Nursing, Tel: 0191 5656256 ext. 42243 or email:

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Matron will ensure at all times that the patient is at the centre of all our actions and act as a role model for clinical staff.

The Matron has 24 hour accountability for the wards/departments/areas in their Directorate for the efficient and effective operational management of the nursing workforce, guaranteeing provision of high quality evidence-based nursing practice which will be delivered within hospital, community and outreach settings.

The Matron will provide strong clinical leadership within the services and be highly visible and accessible to patients. Leading by example, the Matron will drive up standards of clinical care. They should have the responsibility and authority to get the essential components of care right for patients clean wards and departments, quality care, ensuring patients are treated with dignity and respect, resolving problems for patients and relatives and ensuring high standards are maintained and delivered throughout the services. They will have a particular responsibility to support the developments of Clinical Governance and Service Improvement, to modernise patient services and ensure the active involvement of patients and carers in the way services are developed, delivered and evaluated.

The Matron will contribute to identifying and managing issues of poor performance, risk and complaints. The Matron will promote and share best practice and encourage personal development.

In undertaking the duties for this post the post holder must comply with the NMC Code.

The Matron will uphold and ensure Trust nursing values are implemented and monitored to provide assurance that nursing/clinical staff behave in a professional manner.


Person Specification



  • Clinically credible with significant experience at senior nurse level in a relevant setting
  • Ability to manage conflict in the clinical environment
  • Experience of managing a clinical team including human resources management
  • Experience of managing difficult and complex personnel/people situations
  • Experience of policy critique and writing to ensure fit for purpose
  • Experience of successful budget management and evidence of achieving financial targets
  • Experience of leading and delivering significant programmes of change with an NHS setting


  • Experience of undertaking root cause analysis
  • Clinical experience within ophthalmology

Skills and Knowledge


  • Competent in IT skills and ability to operate Windows programmes and Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of participating in clinical audit
  • Knowledge of NHS Policies and strategies
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Well-developed report writing
  • Excellent verbal briefing and communication skills
  • Able to command respect of multi-disciplinary teams


  • Knowledge and experience of using project planning IT programmes and tools
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilise LEAN techniques

Physical skills


  • Travel between sites and off-site meetings as required
  • Ability to work flexible hours as well as support for major incidents
  • Able to participate in duty matron rota



  • First level NMC Registered Nurse (Adult) (RN Child for paediatric roles, RM for Midwifery)
  • Degree in nursing studies or relevant clinical degree.
  • Masters level study, or equivalent specialist study / experience
  • Recognised management or leadership qualification or relevant experience


  • Masters degree or working towards in relevant associated subject

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road



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