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Job Reference: 317-2020-37-28-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 POD Management - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our Directorate team as Matron across our Plastics, Dermatology and ENT Departments.

As Matron you will join a friendly, experienced and highly successful multi-disciplinary teams as a clinical leader: supporting operational delivery, leading in nursing developments and clinical governance. You will also join the Senior Management Team in the Directorate which delivers ENT, Plastics, Dermatology and Ophthalmology services.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

We are the largest and most advanced centre for ENT problems in the North of England with eighteen consultants, providing a comprehensive range of emergency and non-emergency services for both children and adults. Our teams based at Freeman Hospital are at the leading-edge of ENT healthcare and are committed to ensuring patients receive the best care possible, in a professional and friendly team environment.

Our ENT Department includes the Northern Head and Neck Cancer Unit, where our surgeons perform complex head and neck tumour surgery, with a fast-track system that guarantees patients are seen within two weeks with specialist Macmillan head and neck cancer nurse support.

We are home to the Northern Ear Implant Centre, dedicated to hearing restoration and the sole providers in the North East for state-of-the-art Bone Anchored Hearing Aids.

We also provide a regional Speech and Language Therapy Service for patients with voice, speech and swallowing problems.

The department boasts its own dedicated Audiology Department which provides specialist testing, hearing aid fitting as well as tinnitus and dizziness services in clinics held at Freeman Hospital and a number of outreach locations across Tyneside and Northumberland.

Inpatient beds are provided on ward 10 at Freeman Hospital.

Dermatology and Plastics

Both services are based at the RVI, both have a significant outreach presence from the Scottish Border to Cumbria. The Dermatology service, is a leading provider of specialist healthcare and advice on skin conditions for both adults and children in the North-East of England.

The Dermatology department has nineteen consultants, seeing over 10,000 patients a year and is supported by a team of highly skilled specialist nurses and surgical nurse practitioners. It provides expertise in a number of specialist clinics including melanoma screening clinic, biologics, phototherapy, eczema, psoriasis and wound management. The department also undertakes the ground-breaking Mohs microscopic surgery in its dedicated surgical unit and is the only provider in the north-east offering this service.

Ward 5 is based in the New Victoria Wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), and provides care for a range of specialised Dermatological conditions.

The Plastic Surgery team comprises of nineteen consultants, supported by associate and nurse specialists. The department provides a range of specialist services including the regional trauma service, cleft lip and palate service and head and neck surgery. Another key component of the department is the regional burns service based on ward 37 which provides high quality care for patients of all ages who have suffered a burns injury.

The breast reconstruction service offers the full range of reconstructive options, from implants to free tissue transfer and is based on Ward 47. Breast nurse specialists provide aftercare following reconstructive surgery, including performing minor procedures including nipple tattooing.

Paediatric plastics work is also undertaken at the Great North Children’s Hospital.

The Matron role:

  • Provide direction and support to the team to maintain standards that are in keeping with the requirements of the NMC and Trust
  • Provide direction to the clinical teams and be the catalyst in monitoring and guiding quality to ensure safe and effective care
  • A key contributor to clinical governance practice and processes across the Directorate
  • Ensure environmental standards and cleanliness are maintained in line with national and Trust Standards across the Directorate
  • Effectively manage the Directorate nursing resource and budget
  • Provide direction in regards to training and education for the nursing team within the clinical services to ensure that care is evidence based and the team continue to develop
  • Support and contribute to the development of patient care and nursing practice within the Trust, leading on specific projects where required
  • Provide appropriate support and supervision for senior nurses at Band 6 and Band 7 within their areas.
  • Deputies for the Directorate Manager and other members of the Directorate team
  • Contribute to Directorate wide activities

Interview Date: 9 October 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

If you want to find out more about the role or an informal visit please contact: Claire Pinder Directorate Manager on 0191 2829124/ , Vicki Platten Assistant Directorate Manager 0191 2829626 /

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