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Modern Matron

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Inpatient Service Division for a Modern Matron post within the Mental Health Care Division in Mid Mersey Inpatients . Matron post is currently advertised for a fixed term or secondment contact to cover Inpatients within Halton & Warrington

The inpatient Modern Matron post is a key operational management post within our in-patient services and is an essential role in promoting leadership across our inpatient areas.

We are currently seeking confident, proactive professional leaders who will contribute to our vision for the future of Inpatient services. Managerial experience and an understanding of leading and managing a service is an essential part of the role. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills that will enable them to challenge, motivate, influence and inspire colleagues at all levels.

Applicants should be RN (MH)/or a qualified practitioner with experience at Band 7 level or above and have significant demonstrable inpatient/post registration experience, together with evidence of post registration study and continuing professional development.

Shortlisting planned for 29 July 2024Interview planned for 05 August 2024

Main duties of the job

1. To manage designated services within the Mental health Care Division in accordance with local, trust and national policy procedures and guidance.

2. To support the development of the services and take the lead role in the appropriate policy development and service evaluation.

3. To provide clinical and managerial leadership to staff in the services, ensuring the highest standards of clinical practice and risk management are maintained.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To provide professional, operational and clinical leadership to staff across services.

2. To facilitate the development and monitoring of non-clinical and clinical standards through the process of clinical audit and service review.

3. To carry out regular agreed audits that will identify areas of good practice or the need for action.

4. To monitor and take action ensuring national and local performance targets are achieved.

5. To actively seek the view of Service Users and Carers in the development and monitoring of services to ensure that a high standard is maintained.

6. To be a point of contact for service users carers and their families if they have any concerns about their care, and to offer reassurance or negotiate a satisfactory solution.

7. To utilise effective and well-established communication skills and to relay sensitive or contentious information to staff, service users or their carers.

8. To use well-established verbal and non-verbal communication skills to interact with staff, service users or their families where there may be barriers to understanding.

9. To provide verbal or written reports as requested by other departments or Service Leads on a variety of issues, e.g., complaints, incidents or investigations, ensuring investigations are completed within required timescales.

10. To maintain a high level of expertise/knowledge in the area of work ie, policies and procedures, clinical practice and staff management, in order to ensure delivery of high standards of practice in all areas.

11. To ensure that clinical and non-clinical risk is identified and dealt with appropriately. To report any risk that cannot be managed at an acceptable level without external support.

12. To exercise sound judgement skills to effectively manage the factors which have an impact on service delivery e.g. finances, resources, service user dependency and staff sickness/absence levels.

13. To manage the performance of staff members utilising the relevant trust HR policies and procedures in areas such as sickness/absence, disciplinary, and capability and any other relevant areas and report any concerns accordingly.

14. To identify areas for service development in the area of responsibility and liaise with other lead personnel to progress this development.

15. To be accountable for high standards of service delivery.

16. To contribute to developments across the workforce and new ways of working.

17. To contribute to the development and monitoring of the trusts framework for service governance that encompasses a process of continuous quality improvement.

18. To be accessible to service users, carers and staff in order to provide assistance, advice and support, including establishing links and open communication with relevant service user and carer forums.

19. To collaborate with training providers and academic institutions to plan, co-ordinate and deliver training programmes in line with evidence based practice.

20. To promote the mental and physical well-being of service users by ensuring health promotion, psychological, rehabilitation and educational needs are addressed, through the implementation of the recovery model and the delivery of service.

21. To participate in local implementation of trust policy and ensure it is adhered to within the Service and to provide feedback, as requested, on trust policies, to ensure that the views of local services are represented.

22. To manage the process of recruitment ensuring all relevant trust policies and procedures are followed. To ensure all new staff receives induction, participating as necessary. To ensure this is recorded on personal files.

23. To ensure that all staff within the sphere of responsibility, have an annual Personal Development Plan that incorporates their training and development needs and that staff participate in the supervision process in accordance with the trust policy.

24. To provide verbal and written feedback to appropriate individuals following formal meetings e.g., sickness and absence or performance issues.

25. To exercise judgement in the interpretation of policies and procedures influencing the role, seeking advice and assistance as appropriate and to contribute to the development of protocols and service specifications.

26. To contribute to the business plan and ensure it is cascaded to all staff whilst ensuring that staff have every opportunity to influence the process.

27. To work collaboratively with relevant others, to ensure that best practice and evidence based research forms the basis for the care and treatment of service users and carers.

28. To provide feedback, as requested on both Local Authority and Trust Policies, to ensure that the views of local services are represented. These policies include Health and Safety, data collection, confidentiality, recruitment and selection, sickness/absence, discipline and grievance for example.

29. To ensure that a system of caseload management is in place for all team members.

30. To contribute where appropriate to the organisation and management of the AMHP rota on a local basis and for Approved Mental Health Professionals to participate in the AMHP Rota.

31. To manage where appropriate the budgets relating to the Community Mental Health Team, including developed budget from Social Care. To manage the resources which may impact on this. Report to Community Services Manager issues which may have an impact on budgets.

32. Where appropriate to participate in the management of the Community Care Budget, prioritising funds for Community Care packages and maintaining relevant documentation and record keeping.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of 3 years clinical practice and care management experience relevant to the role at Band 7 or above (or equivalent grade).
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings.
  • Experience of Risk Assessment and Health & Safety Management.
  • Experience of working with carers, families and service users in community settings.
  • Experience of providing Clinical Supervision
  • Experience of budgetary management.



  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at degree level as RMN/AHP/ Social Worker
  • Working towards Masters degree


  • Relevant postgraduate professional qualification, PSI certificate/diploma or management qualification



  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills.
  • Clinical and management leadership skills.
  • High standard of verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work on own and to work to clinical and managerial deadlines and to meet objectives.
  • Able to work effectively with relevant professional networks in Mental Health/Child Protection.
  • Problem solving/decisionmaking skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to qualified and unqualified staff.
  • Experience of identifying training needs which are used to inform training programmes.
  • Performance management/appraisal skills
  • Ability to lead in Clinical Audit/effectiveness/standar d setting/service evaluation.
  • Knowledge of developments in community care and of mental health legislation
  • Knowledge of CPA.
  • Ability to influence


  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit.
  • Computer literate

Personal Attributes


  • Professional attitude
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to contribute to develop professional excellence within the community team

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Brooker Centre

Halton Hospital



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