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Matron - Emergency Department

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, A&E nurse
Band 8A
Full Time
Job Title: Matron - Emergency Department

Division - Medicine & Emergency Care

Care Group: Urgent and Emergency Care

Band: 8a

Salary: �50,952 - �57,349 per annum/pro rata

Secondment: 6 Months

We are recruiting for a Matron for the Emergency Department who shares our ambition and vision to deliver the Best of Care by the Best People and has the drive to take us forward, by ensuring that the Trust continues to be the first choice for patients and our staff.

Main duties of the job

This role will provide an exciting professional development opportunity for a highly motivated nurse to gain insight into the matron role and provide you with the ability to influence nursing practice as a key member of the senior emergency team.

The right person for this role is a senior nurse aspiring to increasingly influence emergency care delivery whilst being able to undertake a clinical and operational role.

The post holder will continue to build a robust response to patient needs including incident and complaint management.

You will lead a team of nurses and work in close collaboration with the department's existing clinical matrons on a 24/7 rota.

There is an intensive support and training program planned for the right candidate to facilitate the transition into this role.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Anna Antwi AEM Head of Nursing on

About us

Here at Medway, we pride ourselves on working together as one to ensure that our shared vision of Better, Best, Brilliant is achieved. Our culture and values are what drives the Trust and is the heartbeat of who we are as an organisation.

Our Trust is a great choice for people who want to develop their career in an ambitious environment.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us.

All of our substantive & fixed term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme.

We are taking positive action to ensure that we can attract, recruit and retain the best talent and would welcome more applicants from under - represented groups to support the Trusts commitment to a diverse, inclusive and an employer of choice workforce.

All staff at Medway comply the Trust's and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Board's policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Performance Management

To manage the delivery of all nursing aspects of the agreed outputs for their area of responsibility, by:

Holding Senior Sister / Charge Nurse to account for delivery of their objectives in clinical areas

Ensuring effective action is taken where nursing performance is at risk of falling below expected levels and standards are not maintained

Ensuring that the Trusts nursing and midwifery priorities are implemented locally

Risk and Clinical Governance

Ensure patients are cared for in a clean and safe environment taking remedial action if standards are not maintained

Be champions for driving the infection prevention and control agenda and challenging poor practice

Manage and respond to complaints and adverse incidents

Undertake root cause analysis and develop action plans, ensuring that this leads to change in practice

Establish and maintain effective communication with patients, relatives and staff to contribute to the active resolution of potentially complex situations, conflicts and issues Lead on the implementation of patient safety strategies such as Saving Lives and Patient Safety Thermometer

Share best practice and drive improvements in patient care through the Trust Nursing and Midwifery Strategy group and Matrons meeting

In conjunction with the Deputy Director of Nursing, the Matron will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining excellent clinical standards within clinical teams

Professional leadership and staff management

Be a visible leader who is accessible to patients, visitors and staff

Provide professional and clinical leadership

Take forward and develop the specialist contribution nursing and midwifery can make in the designated areas

Develop Senior 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

Departmental and staff organisation

Work in collaboration with the clinical teams on a daily basis. Monitor and action decisions in relation to clinical areas, ensuring an appropriate nursing skill mix in relation to activity and acuity. Manage and report any risk issues to the Deputy Director of Nursing, in a timely manner.

The Matron will:

Review skill mix and deployment of staff within the area of responsibility, working closely with other Matrons within the Division.

Ensure nurse rostering meets service demands and is cost effective and adheres to Trust guidelines.

Review and agree bank and agency requirements and usage, and control bank and agency spend.

Oversee recruitment processes and ensure they are adhered to in a timely manner.

Performance manages staff with direct responsibility for the continuous performance review / appraisal of Senior Sisters / Charge Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists (and Research Nurses where applicable).

Support Senior Sister / charge Nurse in managing staff absence and report trends in sickness absence to Deputy Director of Nursing Oversee the process of continuous performance review within the allocated area of responsibility.

Empower and enable staff to perform their roles effectively.

Strategy and Service Improvement

Collaborate with the Divisional Team in developing the Clinical Divisional service and business strategy.

Participate in service improvement projects or development programmes that contribute to the modernisation of patient services, providing both professional and clinical advice as necessary.

Work in close partnership with appropriate Clinical Leads and Service Managers to ensure all local, corporate and national initiatives and targets are met.

Where appropriate, support the Clinical Division as agreed with the Deputy Director of Nursing, and the senior Divisional management team: (i) to represent the Trust within the NHS and community, and with partner organisation, (ii) to work closely with them to institute integrated working in the best interests of patient care, (iii) to ensure appropriate public and patient involvement in assessing service quality and improvements.

Identify and take forward the specific contribution nursing and midwifery can make to the development of the service.

Financial Management

Act as an authorising signatory for nursing within agreed limits.

Monitor Ward and Departmental nursing budgets with the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse for each clinical area ensuring effective budget management.

Manage nursing resources on a day to day basis with particular attention to Bank and Agency expenditure.

Report monthly positions to the Deputy Director of Nursing. 1.7 R& D, education and training.

R& D, education and Training

Undertake training needs analysis in conjunction with Deputy Director of Nursing Support the development and implementation of education and training programmes within area of responsibility for nurses and midwives.

Be responsible for developing own skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of others.

Provide advice relating to approved R & D projects Work in collaboration with the Senior Sisters / Charge Nurses to monitor and regulate training and development of all staff to ensure:

All nursing staff are appraised.

All mandatory training is undertaken and recorded - Monitor and regulate study leave to ensure consistency and equality.

Ensure clinical environments are fit to receive students and are regularly audited.

All staff are competent in acute care skills and have passed their Medicines Management Test.

Support the Deputy Director of Nursing in implementing robust systems of audit.

Professional standards and patient experience

Promote excellent standards in all wards / departments through:

Promotion of a nurturing environment for patients, relatives, visitors and staff through monitoring, measuring and auctioning and evaluating.

Advocating for patients at all times.

Daily ward rounds and monitoring observations of care.

Implementing a system for gaining patient feedback, responding to adverse outcomes.

Driving privacy and dignity across all departments / wards.

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse
  • Broad clinical experience relevant to the post.


  • Evidence of a Masters level qualification in nursing or a postgraduate qualification is desirable but not essential, or evidence of equivalent experience and knowledge.



  • 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
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively, and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands.
  • 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



  • Demonstrable previous success in leading and delivering change and performance with and through clinical teams
  • 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.
  • A strong sense of personal and team accountability coupled with a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority.



  • Excellent interpersonal 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

Values Based Question


  • How would you ensure you represent MFT in a positive way?

Employer details

Employer name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Medway Maritime Hospital



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