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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/01/2022.

Job Reference: 317-2021-50-12-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 POD Management - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£47,126 - £53,219 per anum

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Newcastle Eye Centre is delighted to offer an exclusive opportunity for an ambitious and influential senior nurse looking to progress their career to join the team as our new Matron.

Widely regarded to be one of the country’s leading ophthalmology centres, our staff assess and treat well over 100,000 patients in our outpatient clinics every year, many of which are led by our highly skilled nursing practitioners.

In a constantly evolving clinical field, our eye specialists offer an extensive range of diagnostic and treatment pathways for both common and less frequently seen ophthalmological conditions, with many leading the way in revolutionary techniques such as limbal stem-cell and corneal transplantation.

This service’s pioneering spirit has seen the rapid establishment of a state of the art three theatre ‘hub’ dedicated to cataract surgery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This purpose built clinical facility is capable of performing up to 1,000 cataract procedures a month offering patients personalised care overseen by a dedicated nurse who checks and stays with the patient throughout their treatment journey. You can find out more about the new centre in our video.

How we work

Ophthalmology sits within a multi-service directorate including ENT, dermatology and plastic surgery, overseen by a resilient, experienced management team working closely together sharing skills and expertise. This approach allows colleagues to consolidate their leadership and management aptitudes in a friendly and supportive environment.

Enabling our workforce to be the best they can be by liberating their potential is a key priority for our organisation. There is a multitude of development opportunities available, in particular around leadership and empowerment, and we run bespoke talent sessions tailored especially for our Matrons.

Developing our nurses and other non-medical practitioners including the enhancement of skillset across the sub specialties is of equal importance, and a corner stone to our service model. As Matron, you will play a leading role in shaping the service for the future, as well as expanding the role of our ophthalmological nursing workforce, building on the strong foundations already in place here in Newcastle.

Who we are looking for

An inspirational, clinical leader, you will need exceptional, authentic communication skills and be able to demonstrate experience of operational delivery, team management as well as working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

We are seeking a ‘go-getter’, who relishes a challenge, thrives in a fast paced environment where nothing stands still, and is armed with a natural aptitude for juggling ever changing priorities to meet operational need.

In return we offer unparalleled development opportunities in an exciting, progressive environment working alongside friendly, talented colleagues who enjoy long and successful careers here at the Newcastle Hospitals.

Experience of working within Ophthalmology is desirable but not essential.

Sound like the job for you?

If you want to find out more about the role or arrange an informal visit please contact:

Claire Pinder, Directorate Manager on 0191 282 9124 or

Hloni Mpofu, Matron for ENT, Plastics, Dermatology 0191 282 9192

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
  • Contribute 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 7 within their areas.
  • Deputise for the Directorate manager and other members of the Directorate team
  • Contribute to Directorate wide activities

The Department

The Ophthalmology Department includes an Eye Emergency Department, out-patient facilities both at the RVI and multiple out-reach sites, an imaging hub, in patient ward and stand-alone cataract surgical centre.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week

Additional contact information

Matron Hloni Mpofu: 0191 292 9192

Head of Service Narayanan Krishnamoorthy: 0191 282 0467

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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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.

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