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Matron for Children and Young People

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton in Ashfield
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Sherwood Forest Hospitals are looking for a Children and Young Person Matron who is passionate about leading change and adding value to patient care. The post holder should be an experienced paediatric nurse leader who is enthusiastic, dynamic and keen to make a positive impact on nurse training, education, professional development, patient experience and continuously improving key performance indicators and improving the quality of patient care.

The post holder will work closely with the corporate nursing team and the triumvirate to monitor KPI's and identify service improvements. Our successful candidate will be supported to achieve their performance/personal objectives through appraisal and supervisory support from our Deputy Divisional Director of Nursing for Women and Children Division and Matron peers, creating opportunities to grow and develop to be the best they can be.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for managing the provision of the nursing service to a specified range of specialties within the division. Provide clinical, managerial, and professional leadership to children's inpatient and outpatient areas, NICU, specialist nursing teams, play services and divisions across the trust where children and Young People may receive care.

Assist the Divisional and Operations Service Managers to resolve capacity issues, as required. Oversee and ensure the effective assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of optimal quality patient care ensuring that nursing and health care standards are upheld. Be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing and corporate strategies and standards within the division.

Be responsible for the effective management of human and financial resources in order to achieve the performance management targets of the division. Work in collaboration with other agencies/organisations to deliver national, regional, and local agendas relating to their directorate. Advise the organisation on relevant issues regarding their division. Be responsible for the effective implementation of the responsibilities outlined in The Matron's Charter.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service and consistently demonstrate Sherwood Forest Hospital's shared values and behaviors and dedication to delivering outstanding care.

About us

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Sherwood is nationally recognised as being an excellent place to work and deliver care. We are rightly proud of the 5,500 colleagues who work here, and we are the Health Service Journal's Trust of the Year in 2020.

The Care Quality Commission rated King's Mill Hospital Outstanding and Newark, and Mansfield Community Hospitals Good. Overall, we are rated Outstanding for care.

For the last three years, we have been ranked as the best NHS Trust to work for in the Midlands and in 2020 we were the third best Acute/Community NHS Trust in England.

Happy colleagues deliver better care. Our teams work in a supportive, inclusive environment, which nurtures wellbeing and has opportunities for development and progression. We do not just care for our patients we also care for you.

Our culture of learning, compassion and taking a person-centred approach are at the roots of our organisation. We would love you to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • RN/RM registration with the NMC
  • First level degree or equivalent knowledge
  • Qualification in teaching and assessing or equivalent
  • Demonstration of on-going professional development
  • Additional professional/management qualifications


  • Working towards Masters qualification or equivalent



  • Extensive senior paediatric nursing experience within a complex organisation / NHS
  • Proven track record in leadership and management
  • Evidence of participating in and leading organisational change that has led to changes in quality
  • Experience of operating and communicating effectively with clinicians and Directors
  • Experience of working with external agencies and influencing internal change
  • Experience of initiating, conducting and evaluating risk assessments and investigations
  • Experience of leading and managing staff


  • Experience of working towards Care Quality Commission and the NHS Resolution standards.
  • Complaints Management
  • Experience of service improvement methodologies



  • Good working knowledge of contemporary health care issues and professional standards within children services
  • Proven knowledge of the broader nursing, education and professional issues
  • Understanding of the complex dynamics of a multi-professional environment.
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and action planning
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Computer literate


  • Sound general management experience - budget management skills, business case preparation, staff management
  • Evidence of operational and strategic development of patient safety initiatives and strategies
  • Experience in education and professional development.

Further Requirements


  • Highly motivated and resourceful with a proactive approach to innovation
  • Ability to act autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Exposure to clinical areas and patient contact
  • Carry Trust bleep and undertake on call duties

Employer details

Employer name

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


King's Mill Hospital

Mansfield Road

Sutton in Ashfield

NG17 4JL

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