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Matron Surgery and Preassessment

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced leader to join our well established surgical team within the surgery Division. You will support the teams in the delivery of excellent, compassionate care whilst maintaining high professional standards.

Candidates must be a registered nurse with current NMC registration and have experience in an acute hospital setting.

The job is challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and you will require resilience, determination and the ability to see new solutions to old problems. We will provide full support to the appointed candidate - if you think this is the opportunity for you, and would like to join our friendly and welcoming team then we'd love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible and accountable for the overall clinical and operational day-to-day delivery of clinical standards of care and the management of the nursing workforce, in accordance with set objectives, targets, quality standards, controls and resource constraints, that ensures the delivery of a high quality, patient centered service that meets patient need.

Support the Head of Nursing to provide professional leadership and management for the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Strategy for Nursing & Midwifery.

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

    Ensure patients are cared for in a clean and safe environment, including theappropriate decontamination of multi-use equipment, taking remedial action ifstandards are not maintained.Be champions for driving the infection prevention and control agenda andchallenging poor practice.Manage and respond to complaints and adverse incidents, including seriousuntoward incidents. Liaise with the PALS Department regarding informalcomplaints and where possible actively diffuse complaints to avoid escalation

    Undertake root cause analysis and develop action plans, ensuring that thisleads to change in practice.Ensure Risk Assessments are undertaken and action plans implemented inwards and departmentsLead on the implementation of patient safety strategies such as Saving Livesand Clinical Performance Indicators.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Registered nurse qualification
    • Degree or equivalent clinical/advanced practice
    • Significant years post registration
    • Masters Degree or working towards
    • A proven track record of operational service management at a senior level in an acute hospital environment, including staff management, financial management and change management.


    • Evidence of post registration/ qualification
    • Management/Leadership qualification



    • Recent experience of working at Band 7 level or equivalent in an acute hospital setting.
    • Demonstrable previous success in leading and delivering change and performance with and through clinical teams, by engaging them in the strategic direction and delivery plans, establishing clear work priorities with them, delegating effectively, ensuring a capability to deliver, monitoring performance and giving feedback.
    • Leadership of clinical governance and patient safety
    • Achievement of high quality patient care through evidence based clinical practice
    • Management of finances within a budget, including delivery of cost improvements
    • Management/Clinical Leadership experience
    • Experience of successfully leading and implementing change
    • Proven ability to analyse complex problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them Ability to think and plan strategically, operationally and creatively and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands.
    • A strong sense of personal and team accountability coupled with a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority
    • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working.
    • A good understanding of the changing NHS environment

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Well-developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams, and have them understand the Trust's and your performance expectations
    • 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
    • Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, and diverse interest groups, and common sense in knowing when to brief up the line.
    • A commitment to improving the services through an ability to sustain a clear performance focus on achieving demanding goals

    Personal Qualities


    • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with good listening skills
    • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude
    • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role
    • Able to work with staff at all levels across the Trust
    • Able to work a full range of hours including some weekend working, where indicated.
    • Full time hours preferable but 'work-life balance arrangements will be considered.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham LGT

    High Street, Lewisham


    SE13 6LH

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