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Modern Matron

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Modern Matron, Band 8a Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

Location: Green Parks House , Princess Royal University Hospital site, Bromley

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced mental health nurse to join our senior management team within the Acute and Crisis Directorate to manage the delivery of high quality, evidence based inpatient care within Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. It is also an exciting time to join us in Oxleas and be part of 'Our Next Step', as we create our strategy to improve services over the next five years.

The Modern Matron will provide clinical leadership to in-patient areas, with a highly visible presence to ensure service users and their carers receive high quality care. They have personal responsibility and accountability for delivering a safe and clean care environment and ensuring that action is taken at all levels by nurses to maintain and provide high standards of care. The post holder will be accountable for standards and quality, patient experience, patient safety and clinical effectiveness in in-patient services

Main duties of the job

This role provides clinical leadership for nurses and other health professionals providing care in an inpatient setting. You will be available to ward staff, patients and carers and be responsive to their experiences of care and concerns about the ward environment.

The post holder will be responsible for the management of 3 acute mixed sex wards.

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate effective communication skills, clinical expertise, a flexible problem-solving approach and to lead Quality Improvement projects to improve patient care. The ability to work with adult and older people with acute mental health problems and with all members of the multi-disciplinary team is essential.

The successful applicant will need to have management experience, project management experience and an ability foradaptive leadership skills to manage this challenging role. The matron holds a key role as a member of the leadership team for the unit/units they are responsible for, alongside psychiatry and allied health professionals. In addition to this they will contribute to the governance of care and lead on the improvement and development of nursing care with a strong focus on quality improvement, including ensuring that Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards are met and exceeded.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly visible, professional leadership promoting a culture of high professional standards
  • Provide visible and authoritative presence in ward settings to whom service users and their families can turn to for assistance
  • To lead the quality agenda focusing on service user safety, experience and clinical effectiveness
  • Provide effective professional and clinical leadership and be accountable for the nursing service in their area of responsibility
  • To work within the Modern Matrons Charter to ensure good standards of infection control, privacy and dignity, cleanliness, and health and safety and report back on action taken to the Service Directorate and Nursing Directorate
  • In conjunction with the Unit and Service Manager, develop the service in line with national and local requirements ensuring the delivery of performance targets, development of best practice, and modernization agenda
  • Support the professional aspects of recruitment and deployment of people within in-patient services.
  • To enhance clinical skills and competencies through supervision and teaching qualified and unqualified staff including students.

Person Specification

Essential & Deseriable


  • 3 years Management experience & 5 years Nursing experience


  • Masters Level qualification



  • Experience in management in an inpatient setting.



  • Advanced knowledge of policies, procedures and national standards relevant to mental health, social care provision and infection control


  • Knowledge of Government policy and its impact on health and social care provision



  • Excellent communication and writing skills and an ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and succinctly
  • Ability to provide leadership within own profession and beyond
  • Able to prioritise workload and manage stress in self and others

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust



Pinewood House , Pinewood Place



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