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Senior Matron

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum plus HCA
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Matron 8b Directorate of care of older adults, stroke, specialist medicine and palliative care:

Due to reorganisation within the division a very exciting opportunity has been developed, The Senior Matron post is a new senior leadership post

The post holder will work in collaboration with the matron team and the Head of Nursing to maintain high levels of quality and safety and to provide high level support and leadership to our high functioning teams.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Matron's key responsibility is to provide viable, accessible leadership to all clinical areas within their given areas of responsibility,

The Senior Matron will support the Wards and Senior Nurses to promote excellence in nursing care to maintain and improve clinical standards and support the flow of patients across the directorate. The post holder will ensure that all patients are treated with compassion, dignity and respect placing value on the diversity of the local community and beyond. He/she will promote best practice in the prevention of infection through ensuring a clean and safe environment, and that clinical practices are in accordance with Trust policy and best practice guidelines to minimise the risk of infection.

The Senior Matron will ensure that the patient experience is of the highest quality inspiring patient and public confidence. This will be achieved through high visibility, accessibility, and surveillance. The post holder will be expected to work clinically for an agreed 20% of their time and where required will be a specialist in their clinical area.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Care Provision

    To always manage the quality of the provision of nursing care, within their wards / departments by:
    • Holding the Departments/Wards, Matrons, Sister/Charge Nurse to account for delivery of their key performance indicators in clinical areas on Tendable.
    • In conjunction with the Directorate's Divisional Director of Nursing and Head of Nursing ensure effective action is taken where nursing performance is at risk of falling below expected levels and standards are not maintained.
    • Ensuring that the Trust's Nursing and Midwifery priorities are implemented locally.
    • To lead and ensure action is taken on issues of staff discipline, grievance, poor performance and sickness, including dismissal.
    • To assist in the role and maintenance of the Trust Compassion in Care project

    Risk & clinical governance:
    • Ensure patients are cared for in a clean and safe environment, including the appropriate decontamination of multi-use equipment, taking remedial action if standards are not maintained.
    • Be champions for driving the infection prevention and control agenda and challenging poor practice.
    • Take the lead on managing and monitoring complaints and adverse incidents, including serious untoward incidents. Liaise with the PALS Department regarding informal complaints and where possible actively diffuse complaints to avoid escalation and implementing action plans to prevent reoccurrence.
    • Undertake root cause analysis and develop action plans, ensuring that this leads to change in practice.
    • Ensure Risk Assessments are undertaken, and action plans implemented in the Emergency department and Ward areas within their remit.
    • Lead on the implementation of patient safety strategies such as Tendable Ward audits, ITAP and CQC
    • Share best practice and drive improvements in patient care through the Matrons' Forum.
    • In conjunction with the ED Head of Nursing, the Senior Matron will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining excellent clinical standards within the clinical teams.

    Professional leadership and staff management:
    • Be a visible leader who is accessible to patients, visitors, and staff.
    • Provide professional and clinical leadership within the Emergency Department and acute wards.
    • Take forward and develop, the nursing and midwifery contribution to excellent service provision.
    • Develop Departments Sister/Charge Nurse in leadership and management.
    • Ensure that nursing staff comply with Trust-wide policies and procedures.
    • Represent the Trust at local and National forums promoting achievements in patient care.
    • Ensure that all staff working within the ward / department will receive education in infection prevention and control in line with Trust policy.
    • Deputise for the Head of Nursing in their absence.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Registered nurse qualification Degree or equivalent clinical/advanced practice with significant post registration experience
    • Masters Degree or working towards


    • Evidence of post registration/ qualification Management/Leadership qualification



    • Clinical expertise relevant to the post Experience of managing staff Significant experience of working at Band 7 or equivalent in an acute setting.
    • Leadership of clinical governance and patient safety Achievement of high quality patient care through evidence based practice Management of finances within a budget, including delivery of cost improvements
    • Management/Clinical Leadership experience Experience of successfully leading and implementing change Experience in analysing complex problems and implementing workable solutions



    • good understanding of the changing NHS environment Highly developed written and verbal skills
    • Ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships A strong sense of personal and team accountability coupled with a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority


    • Ability to work on service development projects

    Personal Qualities


    • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills High level of work organisation, selfmotivation, drive for performance and improvement Flexibility in approach and attitude

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University hospital Lewisham

    Lewisham high street


    SE13 6LH

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