Modern Matron Older Adult Mental Health In-Patient Services

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a senior nursing leader to join a team of motivated practitioners supporting the quality, safety and best practice on our acute wards in SHSC. We are keen to welcome interested and dedicated nurses to join us in building on best practice, developing the best care for people using our services and their families.

The matron role will work over 2 Older Adult wards, one dementia care and one Older Adult MH ward, providing support, leadership and best practice guidance to teams and influencing quality care of people using their services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver on the Matron's 10 Key Responsibilities; Leading by example. Making sure patients get quality care. Ensuring staffing is appropriate to patient needs. Empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical tasks. Improving hospital cleanliness. Ensuring patients' nutritional needs are met Improving wards for patients (to include supporting ward in identification of ligatures and management plan regarding existing ligatures). Making sure patients are treated with respect. Preventing hospital-acquired infection. Resolving problems for patients and their relatives by building closer relationships. Communications and Working Relationships:

This post is responsible and professionally accountable to Head of Nursing for the directorate. The Matron provides professional and clinical supervision to Clinical Nurse Specialist and Ward Managers. The Matron provides line management to Clinical Nurse Specialists, where appropriate.

About us

You will be joining SHSC at an exciting time! We are designing a new and ambitious nursing strategy , building on developments in good practice and offer opportunities to develop your career through investment in your education and learning.

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Values are a series of behaviours that everyone at the Trust is expected to live and breathe.

We are proud to live our values each and every day.They outline how we will act to ensure we provide the very best care to the people we support.

Our values are:
  • Working together for our service users
  • Respect and kindness
  • Everyone counts
  • Commitment to quality
  • Improving lives

In 2021 we worked with our staff to review and relaunch our values to ensure they reflected the behaviours we expect from everyone at Team SHSC.

Our values underpin all of the work we do, including ourvisionandstrategy.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key responsibilities Leading by example & securing and assuring the highest standard of clinical care. To have knowledge and skills pertaining to the relevant specialist area. To co-lead on the regular and systematic evaluation of care standards via formal audit or other ensuring that any necessary changes in implementation are actioned i.e. risk assessment and care planning, post rapid tranquilisation observation & engagement and e-observations. To provide strong effective and decisive clinical leadership to Ward Managers to ensure a high standard of patient care is achieved. To contribute clinical leadership to relevant and nursing, MDT and site forums, which includes contribution to a leadership on-call system. To contribute to Trust wide nursing strategy formulation, and to work in conjunction with the Head of Nursing & Quality in the implementation of the strategy locally, monitoring and evaluating progress. To provide clinical supervision to senior nurses within the directorate, ensuring that standards of nursing advice are consistent. Lead nursing developments in accordance with the Trust Nursing strategy and Trust / Directorate objectives. To lead on the development and implementation of effective systems for monitoring and improving the quality of nursing care. To act as a clinical advisor role model for ward staff in the absence of the Ward Manger offering assistance, applying problem solving skills and support where possible. To lead on the development and implementation of new policies and protocols and review practices in relation to new NICE Guidance which improve clinical practice. To take a lead role the implementation of the Trust wide physical health care strategy which ensures that physical health care needs, are assessed, monitored and reviewed. To represent the directorate at Trust wide physical Health care committee. To work in partnership with the Trust Infection Control Team to ensure that the standards of hygiene on clinical areas are raised, monitored and maintained. Reducing restrictive practices leading on the implementation and development of promoting safe and therapeutic services within the directorate including monitoring of practice post use of rapid tranquilisation. To lead on the roll out of new medical equipment including; having oversight of reviewing, maintaining and renewing equipment. To work with clinical teams to support identification of clinical risks for patients and for the service and implement improved plans of care where necessary. To work with ward/unit managers ensuring that patients are treated with respect by supporting the protection of their privacy and dignity and making sure they are addressed in the way they choose. To undertake specific service improvement and development projects, as directed by the Head of Nursing of Nursing & Quality and Service Director using quality improvement methodology. Following up on incidents reported, highlighting and addressing gaps in practice. Contribute to complaints and SI investigations as required or directed by HN&Q. Work with HN&Q to identify specific trends with regard to incidents and lessons learnt. Ensuring people are safeguarded from harm and that all nurses understand their responsibilities to safeguard all in their care. Ensuring staffing is appropriate to patient needs. Support safer staffing via nursing recruitment, regular review of establishments and skill mix. Support the implementation of safe care and e roster in inpatient areas. Identification of rota management issues local resolution or escalate as appropriate. Offer advice and support re shift management during times of constrained staffing. Listen to nursing feedback regarding work-based needs, work collaboratively to develop local solutions escalating risks to Head of nursing. Supporting recruitment & retention processes as required i.e. interview panels, induction of new staff. Identify gaps in skills -of staff and provide support and development as required Ensuring patients nutritional needs are met.To work with senior nurses in monitoring the nutritional needs of patients. To take a lead role in the establishment of effective administrative / support systems for clinical catering services, where required. Empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical tasks. To work with the Head of Nursing and Ward / Unit Managers to ensure that practice reflects current clinical developments and is evidenced based. Implement audit and conduct competency assessments of clinical staff. To provide support and direct input to newly registered band 5 nurses during Preceptorship. Support the rollout and implementation of Nursing Associates, Advanced Clinical Practitioners and the Care Certificate. Delivery of teaching Improving hospital cleanliness. Support nursing staff to develop systems for maintaining clean environment 24hrs a day. To ensure ward are clean through direct liaison with Housekeepers and contracted domestic staff. To take a lead role in the establishment of effective administrative / support systems to ensure that minimum standards of ward cleanliness are maintained. This includes the completion of regular audits in conjunction with the cleaning provider, and ensuring that measures to remedy identified shortcomings are promptly implemented Ensuring and improving the patient environment. Lead on identification of ligatures and develop solutions and management plans regarding existing ligatures. To liaise with the Facilitates Manager to ensure that the clinical environment is safe, secure, clean and serving the needs of patients and staff. To work with the ward / unit manager and staff to identify facilities problems and attempt rapid resolution. To work together with other professionals to develop an organisational culture that ensures the clinical environment is fit for purpose. To take a lead role in developing systems of reporting / escalating concerns regarding the patient environment to appropriate services. To conduct monthly and ad-hoc assessments and inspections of all patients environments they are responsible for. Contribute to PLACE assessments as required across the Trust. To meet regularly with support service/ contract monitoring leads to ensure that performance standards agreed are being met and that problems are resolved quickly. To take a lead in the development of the Housekeeper role in clinical areas. To take a lead in developing systems in consultation with key stakeholders on site to support and improve site co-ordination across hospital sites. Resolving problems for patients and their relatives by building closer relationships. To be visible and accessible to patents, relatives and staff in order to provide immediate assistance, advice and support, this also includes liaison with Patient Advice and Liaison Service. To participate in the ward / unit patient community meetings. To set up opportunities to enable patients to discuss particular issues of concern for example surgeries. Support the development of systems to support relatives and carers. To liaise with service users and carers, to ensure that their experience influences the work of nurses in the Directorate. As required deal promptly with concerns raised by carers / relatives and from ward community meetings feeding back to relevant managers and personnel. Work sensitively with relatives and carers where dissatisfaction is expressed with services and resolve concerns locally as far as possible. To be actively involved in the investigation of complaints. Be available on wards to identify problems raised by patients updating them as to the progress of their complaint/ concerns. To work with complaints, incident and Mental Health Act services in the Trust to ensure local implementation of policies, and adherence to Trust procedures. This may include contributing to the training of nursing staff, monitoring of reporting and investigation, and the production of reports for the Directorate Executive team. To work with the executive team and operational managers to ensure that the findings of investigations are considered, and action is taken locally to learn from incidents and complaints. Preventing hospital-acquired infection. Take the lead on infection control policy implementation. Take the lead on the annual flu vaccination programme including training and delivery. General requirements All employees are expected to comply with statutory requirements and the Trusts employment policies while carrying out their work. The post is one of continual development and the post holder will be encouraged to develop skills and capabilities, including participation in projects and training events. Accordingly, the range of duties and responsibilities outlined above may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the organisation. Professional standards and performance review Maintain consistently high professional standards and act in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct. Employees are expected to participate in the performance review process. Performance management The post holder will support individuals to develop and to deliver their objectives and where necessary will utilise the performance management structure to support improvements. Code of Conduct The post holder is required to adhere to the standards of conduct expected of all NHS managers set out in the Code of Conduct for NHS managers. This job description will be subject to regular review and adjustment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered nurse mental health
  • Education to degree level
Development Essential
  • Evidence of learning and continued professional development
Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of the current policy context and the implications for mental health nursing. Knowledge of current professional developments in nursing and nurse education. Working knowledge of relevant legislation and policies associated with Mental Health Care including MHA, CPA Procedures and Human Rights Act. Knowledge and understanding of current policy issues and their implications for clinical environments.
  • Knowledge of the matrons handbook and ability to put into practice
  • Sound understanding of Human Rights, equality and inclusion
  • Experience of leading organisational change or quality improvements
  • Leadership and management experience
Experience Essential

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