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Matron - Theatres

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a nurse/ODP to join our Senior Leadership team in Theatres as a Theatre Matron. You will be working alongside the current Theatre Matron, Clinical Service Manager and our Surgical Matrons as part of the Surgical Directorate leadership team.

Yeovil Foundation Trust (YDH) and Somerset Foundation Trust. merged in 2023. Whilst this post is based at YDH there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will work across site at both YDH and Musgrove Park Hospital (MPH).

At YDH there are 9 theatres, 4 in out main theatre suite, 2 in day surgery, a stand alone modular theatre and 2 in our women's hospital. You will work alongside our Band 7 team leaders to provide safe patient care and efficient utilisation of the theatre capacity. Our specialties include Orthopaedic, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT, Maxillo Facial and Maternity. The Theatre Matron role requires you be highly self-motivated possess strong clinical leadership skills with a knowledge base in theatres or one that is highly transferable.

Our workforce development plan includes a 'grow your own' approach to providing a stable, well established and skilled workforce, including apprenticeship programmes and post graduate development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to:
  • have excellent negotiation, influencing and communication skills and be able to demonstrate mature problem solving skills.
  • To act as a clinical expert to the Theatre services providing expert, professional, strategic and clinical operational support and advice on complex issues
  • Play an active role in the Theatre senior leadership Triumvirate and work collaboratively with the Surgical Directorate Triumvirate in the continued development of the future Theatre Strategic Plan.
  • To provide professional and comprehensive advice to Clinical managers and staff across the Theatre services which supports the day to day running of theatres and performance improvement.
  • To be called upon to project manage and monitor specific projects to support service development within the Theatres.
  • You will be responsible overseeing staffing needs, managing establishment requirements, supervising the work of the practice development team to provide a safe skilled theatre team.

About us

In 2025 we will see the opening of a 5th theatre in our main theatre suite in YDH. In MPH also in 2025 our new Surgical Centre housing 8 new theatres including 2 Integrated Interventional Radiology theatres to complement our other 12 theatres within the Acute Trust will open.. This will be a fantastic opportunity to be part of the team delivering new and innovative ways of working in this brand new facility.

As part of the benefits of working in Somerset you can soak up all that the idyllic countryside has to offer with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You get to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust we share a mission to deliver outstanding care through a culture of continuous improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Matron your role is to provide excellent standards of patient care within the resources available. The Matron will be supported by key members of the Directorate Operational Team, and will provide clinical leadership to ensure the delivery of high quality services to all services users in accordance with agreed objectives, targets, quality standards, controls and resource constraints.

To work in collaboration with the Surgical and Critical Care Triumvirate, Clinical Service Managers, Clinical Matrons, Clinical Nurse/OPD Managers and the governance team to provide clinical leadership to programmes of work aligned to nursing clinical / professional standards and governance within the Surgical Services.

Take delegated responsibility for ensuring compliance with national / regulatory standards for effective complaints and patient experience management and all activities related to patient experience.

To provide clinical and managerial leadership to the surgical directorate governance support team to ensure effective systems and processes and programmes of work are in place to ensure the most efficient uses of resources are delivered in alignment with national and local guidance.

Work collaboratively as a Matron group across both acute sites providing consistent clinical leadership presence, this may involve working at another Trust site other than that of your substantive base.

Uphold the values of the organisation and associated behaviours through visible transformational leadership.

For further details please refer to full Job Description

Person Specification



  • ODP/RN
  • Master's level qualification or working towards or evidence of advanced practice
  • Evidence of leadership development
  • Evidence of postgraduate study



  • Experience of leading and managing change.
  • Significant experience of leading and managing teams.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Clear understanding of statutory and mandatory responsibilities regarding governance, risk and complaints management.



  • Effective Budget management experience.
  • Proven ability to use highly developed specialist clinical knowledge and experience to analyse complex issues
  • Understanding of CQC fundamental standards

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Yeovil District Hospital

Higher Kingston


BA21 1AT

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