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Lead Matron- Specialist Medicine

Band 8b

Main area
Specialist Medicine
Band 8b
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£53,168 - £62,001 pa
Salary period
14/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

A new opportunity has arisen at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) within Specialist Medicine to join the team as Lead Matron. As part of the management team within specialist medicine your role will be fundamental in developing the focus of the patient experience and the quality agenda. This role will be pivotal in the planning, implementation and delivery of specialist pathway services. 

The specialist medicine care group covers a variety of services including endoscopy, dermatology, hepatology and managed care. You would be joining a strong care group management team including a Care Group Manager, Matrons and Operations Manager.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. 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

In this role you will lead on development of nursing, advanced clinical practice and allied health professional leadership roles to transform services to meet rising demand.

You will support strategic planning led by the care group manager to focus on the future development of the Specialist Medicine services, improving care and integration with the community and local providers.

This post will lead on quality, safety and culture change within the care group to improve patient safety across the different specialist and service delivery areas of the care group.

Your role will be to drive consistently excellent clinical quality standards by providing inspirational and visible clinical leadership to the clinical team and supporting them in assuring the delivery of a contemporary, high quality, progressive, effective and evidence based nursing service. You will be a key member of the care group management team working to innovate and change care pathways and develop and deliver on other workforce, financial performance and capital strategies for the benefit of patients and the trust. 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, inspirational leadership skills, with evidence of change management including culture and clinical service transformation resulting in enhanced patient safety and care.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st Level Registered nurse AHP on relevant part of the NMC/HPC Register
  • First degree or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Masters
  • Leadership training
  • Management training


Essential criteria
  • Extensive knowledge of National and Local 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


Essential criteria
  • Excellent high level leadership skills
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • 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

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work flexible hours and fulfil commitments of on-call / site management role


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Applicant requirements

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.

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Collette Byelong
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