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Associate Matron Band 6 - Virtual and Rapid Response

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Ambulatory Care Unit
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum excl HCAs
Salary period
02/11/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Associate Matron - Virtual and Rapid Response, Band 6

The Rapid Response and Virtual Ward service supports sub acutely ill patients to remain at home. Clinicians work across acute and community settings preventing admissions of  patients and also reducing length of inpatient stay at Whittington Hospital.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our rapid response and virtual ward service  at Whittington Health in London. Clinicians work across acute and community settings preventing admissions of sub-acute patients and also reducing length of inpatient stay at Whittington Hospital.

Are you an experienced nurse with a passion for high quality nursing care? Perhaps you have a background in Acute medicine, Emergency Care or Community Nursing. Could you deliver high quality acute nursing interventions whilst the patient remains in the comfort of their own home? 

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.


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.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. Clinical/ Professional Role:
 Provide specialist, high quality, expert nursing care and support for patients who are
suitable for Rapid Response Virtual Ward (RRVW) care in liaison with the
multidisciplinary teams (MDT) through assessment and care planning.
 Initiate agreed range of diagnostic tests
 Refer to other disciplines/professions when required
 Support patients to self-manage, monitor their condition and make informed choices
 Act as a named nurse for designated patients within the service
 Ensure that nursing documentation is maintained to required standards and to be a
competent user of and participate in the ongoing development of the Trust’s planned
Electronic Patient Record
 Promote the development of evidenced based practice. 

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • RGN
  • Current NMC Registration
  • 1 years experience
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration education in a relevant area
  • BSc or equivalent level of experience

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent clinical and holistic assessment skills
  • Good knowledge of infection prevention and control
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to motivate staff
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of need for effective team work
  • Ability to demonstrate personal management skills
  • Advanced nursing skills
  • Excellent time management
  • IT skills
  • Ability to participate in training of Nursing staff, students and junior doctors
  • Effective people management skills

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Portfolio of varied Clinical experience
  • Knowledge of current issues in the NHS
  • Experience in Community/ A and E/ Care of the Elderly/ITU
  • Nurse Prescriber (or willing to work towards)
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Audit/Change initiatives
  • Understanding and insight into Ambulatory Emergency Care
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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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sue Gibbs
Job title
Lead Community Matron
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Susan Gibbs - Lead Nurse for Virtual Ward and rapid Response Service on 0207 288 5940 susan.gibbs3@nhs.net , 07824 406890