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Matron Inpatient Forensic Services

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year PA inc. HCAS
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide senior nursing leadership and be responsible for overseeing the clinical care within inpatient wards. To secure and assure the highest standards of clinical care are provided to our patients. To oversee 6 physical health clinics within River House, supported by Physical Health Champions.

There may be an opportunity for a second appointable candidate to act up into another Matron position.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver on the Matron's 10 responsibilities:o Leading by exampleo Making sure patients get quality careo Ensuring staffing is appropriate to patient needso Empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical taskso Improving hospital cleanlinesso Ensuring patients' nutritional needs are meto Improving wards for patients (to include supporting ward in identification of ligatures and management plan regarding existing ligatures)o Making sure patients are treated with respecto Preventing hospital-acquired infectiono Resolving problems for patients and their relatives by building closer relationships

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close-knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package, which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through several programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Car lease,our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars.
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit from keyworker housing which is available on selected sites.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through the Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket load
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job 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 obs. 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 nursing forums 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 Forensic Services 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 the Trust wide Physical Health Care Committee. To support ward nurses with issues relating to tissue viability and wound care 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. Undertake a review of relevant Datix incidents as directed by Deputy Head of Nursing and highlighting any gaps in practice to improve patient and staff safety. Contribute to complaints and SI investigations as required or directed by Head of Nursing and Quality. Work with the Head of Nursing and Quality to identify specific trends with regard to incidents and lessons learnt.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 re 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 (inc. temporary staff) 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 and implementing. Set and maintaining protected mealtime projects and dining room experiences. To take a lead role in the establishment of effective administrative / support systems for clinical catering services.Empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical tasks To work with the Deputy Head of Nursing & Quality and Ward / Unit Managers to ensure that practice reflects current clinical developments and is evidenced based. To oversee Perfect Ward audits and action plans are completed. To conduct competency assessments of clinical staff, as required To provide support and direct input to newly registered band 5 nurses during Preceptorship. Support the rollout and implementation of Nursing Associates, Assistant 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 wards 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 service trac 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 adhoc assessments and inspections of all patients environments they are responsible for. Contribute to Trac Audits 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 Safety Huddles. 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 respond 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 and Covid vaccination programmes including training and delivery. Be a member of the on-call trust infection Control rota.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)/ Registered Nurse
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice
  • Experience at a senior management level, including managing change
  • Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care
  • Current experience of relevant clinical practice
  • Able to negotiate and influence in order to achieve objectives without direct line management
  • Ability to problem-solve, identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework.
  • Ability to negotiate and reach compromises in a manner, which inspires confidence and respect from others at all, levels both within and outside the organisation
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation and policies associated with Mental Health Care including MHA, CPA Procedures and Human Rights Act
  • Understanding of risk issues including Clinical and Health and Safety
  • Higher degree
  • Experience of racial awareness/diversity training
  • Experience of managing non-clinical staff and other professionals
  • Experience in working in Forensic Service

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