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Theatre Matron

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum Pro rata
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Senior Nurse / Senior Operating Department Practitioner to join our leadership team to lead and further develop our UHS Operating and perioperative medicine department. Able to demonstrate key attributes of compassion and empathy, integrity, a critical thinker, who is collaborative and evidence of team building, is dedicated to excellence, and is open minded.

We have recently expanded our theatre capacity and are in the progress of commencing our second phase of expansion. The current service is a cross site facility at Southampton and Lymington, involving the UHS services of peri operative medicine, pre-operative assessment, the Surgical Day Unit, 35 Operating Rooms and 7 Recovery areas. The multiple specialties include General Surgery, Orthopaedics, ENT/ OMF, Cardiac and Neuro. We also support services external to the theatre department including interventional radiology, CT, MRI, A& E trauma response. We are developing our Robotic service and exploring advanced roles in recovery, anaesthetic practitioner, and scrub.

We are a major trauma centre and support 24hour emergency care. You will be part of a nursing / ODP leadership team, leading and supporting a team of 700wte staff, supporting pioneering emergency and elective surgical pathways of care with an excellent national and international reputation.

This is a full-time permanent post with the option of a fixed term role for the successful candidate.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We welcome applications from leaders who are innovative in their practice and passionate about the care given to our patients and staff. The post holder will work closely with the team of Matrons, the Care Group Manager and Divisional Head of Nursing and Professions to ensure our patients and staff are our top priority and will influence practice by working amongst the operational and clinical teams.

As a provider of UHS theatre services, our focus and aim is to further improve and transform, to deliver an effective, responsive and efficient service for our surgical services to utilise 24/7. You will hold the relevant qualifications and have previous experience to provide pioneering solid leadership to the theatre team, creating an environment which is always proud in the care they provide to all.Your leadership will guarantee delivery of high-quality care, working within the framework of the Modern Matron principles your key role will be to ensure clinical quality standards are achieved consistently by providing inspirational and visible clinical leadership and support the assurance of the delivery of a contemporary, high-quality evidence based patient care. Working with other Matron colleagues and other key staff in the Division and across the Trust, as the custodian of the patient experience, you will ensure patients, staff and the Trust have confidence in your areas of responsibility.

You will require a high level of organisational skill and have a resourceful and professional approach to work. You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and can forge and maintain relationships with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff. We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • 1st Level Registered nurse on relevant part of the NMC Register / HCPC Registration
  • First degree or equivalent
  • Ability to work at Masters level and evidence
  • Specialist qualification
  • Leadership training
  • Management training
  • Masters or equivalent experience

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Extensive knowledge of National and Local NHS and N& M agenda
  • Extensive experience in the acute healthcare setting in clinical leadership/clinical management position
  • Evidence of advanced leadership qualities
  • Staff and resource management experience
  • Experience of introducing change to clinical environment
  • Report writing skills and experience
  • Budget management experience


  • Understanding of specialist area

Understanding of specialist area


  • Excellent high level leadership skills
  • Articulate with highly developed communication skills with the ability to network and build relationships at all levels, including interpersonal skills, liaison and negotiation skills. Writing and presentation skills
  • Advising and influencing
  • IT skills and ability to develop these skills further
  • Ability to prioritise work and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Able to develop and implement policy, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Professional role model
  • Inspirational leader
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Team Player
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Assertive yet approachable
  • Personal drive and initiative
  • Able to work independently and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Able to demonstrate work/life balance


  • Project management skills
  • Interests and activities indicating teamwork, leadership and stress management

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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