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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/08/2021.

ICU Matron

Job Reference: 415-E21-382

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum pro rata

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a clinical matron within the critical care department at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT). This is your chance to lead a successful and highly motivated team delivering care to some of our most unwell patients. You’ll provide strong leadership and wellbeing support to our staff whilst further developing the department and ensuring the highest standards of care. In return we will take good care of you, supporting your ongoing development and career progression whilst demonstrating why NDHT is consistently voted as one of the best Trusts to work for.


As matron, you will work as part of the senior leadership team within the critical care unit working closely with the multidisciplinary team to drive change and innovation. The unit boasts a strong and experienced nursing workforce with exceptional collaboration with all AHP teams that work in our speciality including therapy, pharmacy, and dietitians. Your role will be pivotal in ensuring collaborative working from all disciplines who work in the unit. The clinical lead works very closely with the unit matron to ensure joined up thinking from our nursing and medical teams.


You’ll act as an autonomous professional leader with strategic responsibilities for critical care and wider operational responsibilities in line with other clinical matrons across the Trust. Your role will cover critical care nursing teams providing expert clinical leadership as well as professional development and wellbeing support to the team, alongside professional supervision to the inpatient pain nurses and outpatients lead nurse. You will lead the clinical governance agenda within critical care alongside your clinical lead and oversee the nursing education and practice development on the unit alongside the experienced clinical educators. As matron, you will be responsible for leading your senior team to achieve consistently high standards of quality, compassionate care for our patients.


The ideal candidate will have a critical care background, evidence of wider experience at senior nurse level and experience of managing complex workload areas. This role requires a visible, credible senior nurse, accessible to all staff, patients and families for assistance and support. The successful candidate will be accountable for maintaining patient safety and the quality of patient experiences. They will be responsible for managing the provision of nursing services and the clinical, managerial and professional leadership of the nursing teams. If applying for this post your portfolio will include strong clinical knowledge, pervious management experience and demonstrate experience in influential leadership, negotiation and change management skills.


At NDHT we do things differently. We are a small, innovative and friendly Trust making a big difference to people’s lives in North Devon. We value our staff and pride ourselves on the learning, support and development available to all. This role is an excellent opportunity to develop your management skills and work with a young, motivated team. It’s an opportunity to develop your leadership ability in a supportive environment and is an amazing next step for someone who has been clinically based and has an eye to work in management in the future.

Closing Date: 27 August 2021

**As this post is in a shortage occupation code it qualifies for the Trust’s Recommend a Friend Scheme, please find further information on the attached link**

This post is being offered as Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust continue to develop our long standing partnership with a view to becoming a single integrated organisation across Eastern and Northern Devon. Working together gives us the opportunity to offer unique and varied careers across our services combining the RD&E’s track record of excellence in research, teaching and links to the university with NDHT’s innovation and adaptability.

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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