CHYPS Matron

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£45,753 to £51,668 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity to be the Matron at Chalkhill, our general adolescent inpatient and acute care unit Are you ready to take your next step in your nursing career? Do you want to enjoy a role that blends the best of all worlds - leadership development, an opportunity to drive service change, clinical contact with young people and families and a real focus on staff wellbeing and retention?

We are looking for an experienced Mental Health Nurse leader who is caring, compassionate and committed to lead on providing excellent care for young people and their families. In this role you will be responsible for managing, developing and supporting our acute care provision (Tier 4) in Sussex CAMHS. Chalkhill GAU is based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. It is Sussex's own 16 bedded adolescent inpatient unit including a Health Based Place of Safety.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

As a clinical and operational leader you will be working alongside a multi-disciplinary team including RMNs, RGNs, Psychiatry, family therapy, psychology, medics, OT's , social work, nursing associates, support workers & students . Responsibilities include:
  • Leading & supporting the ward managers and specialist clinicians.
  • Taking an active role in the day to day leadership of the ward and day hospital.
  • Ongoing development of the Nursing team and clinical governance of Nursing and supporting medical standards.
  • Consulting into the care of young people in acute ward settings across Sussex who are waiting for a Tier 4 admission.
  • Lead Nurse for CAMHS Acute Care
  • Quality improvement initiatives such as care pathways; improving engagement of parent/carers whist working closely with the multi-disciplinary team.

The post will be supported by our Acute CAMHS Nurse Consultant, the senior MDT and the trust wide senior nursing group to guide acute care and quality standards at a broader level.

To be successful in this role you will need to be an excellent communicator, a credible and motivational role model for nurses and keen to work in a challenging and rewarding environment and to work effectively in a team. Some travel across your designated area is also part of the job.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages/seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed.
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London.
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there's plenty of opportunity for adventure.

We would love you to join our organisation, rated 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Along with 82% of staff from our recent staff survey telling us they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work.
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team.
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles.

The Trust supports staff in the delivery of high quality services as well as promoting research, innovation and co-production. As a university teaching Trust, we encourage and support research working with Brighton & Sussex Medical School and there are opportunities to get involved in research, teaching and management or leadership.

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC with relevant career experience.
  • Experienced in acute care - either inpatient or community crisis settings.
  • Experienced as a ward manager, team leader or equivalent.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role.
  • Able to lead others to deliver high quality care.


This post has a responsibility for operational line management and service delivery within Chalkhill, our inpatient and day patient centre for CAMHS. This includes line management responsibility for:

16 inpatient beds, associated Nursing, Medics and all other members of MDT, including Psychology, Family Therapy and Occupational Therapy and future Day Service Plans and the Health Based Place of Safety. The unit is approaching an exciting period of time there is an appetite for change due to the changing needs of the community we serve and there will be an opportunity to be part of the development of this role which will include supporting young people waiting for a Tier 4 admission either within their own homes or an Acute Paediatric bed

This post has lead accountability for the delivery of objectives outlined below and included within the area of 'patient experience'.
  • Promote and deliver the Modern Matron agenda, as defined by the Department of Health.
  • Provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence in clinical settings and related forums, to patients, carers and staff, demonstrating clear and effective clinical leadership and developing clinical practice.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of care are aspired to and achieved within the resources available.
  • Deliver effective governance, achieve performance targets, use information and data effectively to improve quality and minimise risk.
  • To work alongside the provider collaborative to develop, support and manage any new initiatives in terms of alternative provisions to hospital admission.
  • Making sure patients receive high quality care that includes positive inpatient and day patient experience, coordinated care and smooth transitions, privacy and dignity, nutritional, spiritual and cultural needs are met.
  • Ensuring staffing levels are appropriate to patient need.
  • Empowering nurses and other clinical staff to take on a wider range of clinical tasks.
  • Ensuring that clinical environments are maintained at a high level of cleanliness.
  • Preventing hospital-acquired infection.
  • Facilitating the early resolution of patient problems and complaints to reduce the need for escalation and improving the experience of patients.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to minimum diploma level with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of CPD
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of and demonstrable achievement in clinical practice
  • Experience of providing professional support/supervision and motivation of staff
  • Understanding of Health and Social Care Governance
  • Experience of managing staff

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