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Matron Acute Paediatrics

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Matron Acute Paediatrics
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

The post holder will provide clinical, management and professional leadership to nursing staff at all levels within a paediatric inpatient unit, Short Stay Unit, Outpatient Department, and Ambulatory Care Unit, ensuring that nursing care is delivered to a high standard and that the nursing resource is managed effectively.

The post holder will support the implementation and maintenance of effective governance arrangements whilst ensuring that nursing care is of the highest possible standard at all times with particular emphasis on dignity and compassion.

The post holder will spend at least 20% of time in clinical practice

Main duties of the job

The post holder will also undertake the key functions of the matron role ensuring the attainment and monitoring of quality and clinical performance indicators and ensuring that any aspect of Directorate service delivery is underpinned by the patient and service user experience. 

The post holder will contribute to the on-going implementation of the nursing and midwifery strategy, in close liaison with the Associate Director of nursing and Allied health Professionals (ADON & AHP).

The post holder will play an important role in the development of services.

The post holder will line manage departmental, ward sister/ charge nurses and clinical nurse specialists 

The post holder will deputise for the ADON & AHP

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Provide a visible presence within the clinical areas and be responsible for leading the delivery of high quality care.  

Ensure that the needs of patients are placed at the centre of care delivery, thus achieving trust and national standards for clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

Be accountable for all aspects of quality management related to the nursing and clinical area.

Lead the workforce and financial planning for nursing and support services within own areas of responsibility and where appropriate, work collaboratively across the trust to support these initiatives.

Lead the implementation of improvements in nursing practices within own areas  of responsibility in line with local and national agenda and patient feedback 

Person specification

Education and Qualification

Essential criteria
  • • Registered Nurse(Child)
  • • First degree /or equivalent knowledge and skill
  • • Recognised Mentorship qualification
  • • Evidence of on-going professional development
Desirable criteria
  • • Educated to Masters level or working towards
  • • Evidence of management and leadership development

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • • Demonstrate advanced clinical expertise
  • • Evidence of political awareness and professional issues in nursing
  • • Experience of managing and sustaining change
  • • Experience of developing and implementing new policies and guidance
  • • Evidence of clinical standard/ guideline setting
  • • Evidence of understanding professional issues in nursing
  • • Thorough understanding and knowledge of key indicators of excellent quality care
  • • Highly effective communication and relationship skills
  • • Evidence of involvement with patient/user groups to develop patient centred care
Desirable criteria
  • • Skilled in staff selection and development
  • • Demonstrates skills in IT systems and use of word, excel and PowerPoint

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • • Significant experience in area of Speciality
  • • Current experience of line management of staff
  • • Evidence of teaching and developing junior staff both formally and informally
  • • Evidence of leading a change management initiative which improved Patient care.
  • • Proven experience of managing budgetary resources

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • • Evidence of recent personal development activity
  • • Demonstrates an ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • • Highly professional role model
  • • Able to work to work under pressure.
  • • To be flexible and approachable
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Jeanette Barnes
Job title
Associate Director of Nursing
Email address
Additional information

Rose Hensman - Deputy Associate Director of Nursing


If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241