Lead Matron – Patient Pathways

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:£56,164 - £65,262
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Lead Matron – Patient Pathways Band 8b

Main area

Divisional Management Team


Band 8b




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£56,164 - £65,262 pa

Salary period



06/02/2023 23:59
Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Nurse/AHP to become a Lead Matron within Division B at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We are looking for someone to lead on enhancing and transforming our clinical patient pathways to help improve flow; someone who has the ability to lead a variety of diverse teams, collaboratively work across care groups and have an understanding of the enhanced and advanced practice agendas. This role will mainly work core hours, with a requirement to undertake some on-call shifts as part of the duty manager rota.

You will be part of the divisional management team and work closely with a range of teams and services. Division B comprises of Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Specialist Medicine, Pathology, Cancer Care and HIOW. You will have an opportunity to work across care group boundaries to support in transforming patient pathways.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

In this role you will demonstrate inspirational and visible clinical leadership to ensure pathways are embedded to deliver high quality care for our patients, and ensuring our patients have a voice within transformation of pathways.

You will support the strategic planning to improve quality of care through same day emergency care and admission avoidance initiatives, reducing extended hospital admissions and integration with the community and local providers.

You will provide senior nursing leadership to the advanced clinical practice agenda across the division.

In this role you will be a core member of the divisional Matron team and you will be required to support with core matron duties such as the staffing hub rota, matron walkabouts and clinical accreditation scheme.

The role will also have professional leadership oversight of a variety of clinical teams across emergency medicine/acute medicine care groups and Phlebotomy. You will also be required to lead and support the divisional governance team and recruitment and retention manager. This offers a great opportunity to enhance your leadership ability particularly strengthening skill in working across boundaries, influencing and negotiation and decision making.

You will be a key member of the divisional management team, working to innovate and change care pathways, as well as support our financial performance and NHS long-term strategies for the benefit of patients and the trust.

What we're looking for

You will require a high level of organisational skill and have a resourceful and professional approach to work. You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and have the ability to forge and maintain relationships with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff.

You will be able to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, with evidence of change management including culture and clinical service transformation resulting in enhanced patient care and outcomes. Experience of managing inpatient services is hugely desirable.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Nurse/AHP looking for career development, who is keen to further develop their leadership skills on a larger scale.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th Feb 2023.

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • 1st Level Registered nurse/ AHP on relevant part of the NMC/HPC Register
  • First degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of study at Masters levels
  • Leadership training
  • Management training
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Extensive knowledge of National and Local Emergency Care, NHS and N&M agenda
  • Extensive experience in the acute healthcare setting in clinical leadership/clinical management position
  • Evidence of advanced leadership qualities
  • Formal and informal teaching experience
  • Staff and resource management experience
  • Experience of introducing change to clinical environment
  • Report writing skills and experience
  • Budget management experience
  • Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of specialist area
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Excellent high level leadership skills
  • Articulate with highly developed communication skills with the ability to network and build relationships at all levels, including interpersonal skills, liaison and negotiation skills
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Advising and influencing
  • IT skills and ability to develop these skills further
  • Ability to prioritise work and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Able to develop and implement policy, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Desirable criteria
  • Project management skills
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil commitments of on-call / site management role
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    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
  • Job Description (PDF, 265.3KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 152.7KB)
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    Suzy Pike

    Job title

    Divisional Head of Nursing

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    023 8120 6246
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