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Deputy Matron Ward C8

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Respiratory Medicine
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 6 months (6 months)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (unsocial hours included)
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£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
15/07/2022 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

This is an exciting 6-month secondment opportunity for a highly motivated, enthusiastic nurse who has a commitment for delivering the highest standards of patient care, improving the patient/relative experience able to use excellent communication skills, inspire their nursing teams through positive role modelling and is passionate about the training and education of the nursing workforce. 

This is a unique role which will allow you to develop your leadership skills whilst being mentored by an experienced Directorate Matron with further support from the senior nursing team within Specialty Medicine. As part of your portfolio, you will be responsible for ensuring that robust systems and processes are in place to deliver and monitor the training and education of the nursing teams on the 4 respiratory wards.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have management responsibility (with the Band 7 ward managers) of the unit over the 24-hour period ensuring the delivery of high standards of safe, effective and personal nursing care.

Key responsibilities will include the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, be responsible for ensuring effective systems and processes are in place to facilitate the education and training of all staff on the respiratory wards.

Participate in the Band 7 out of hours shift system to provide adequate nurse management cover on the hospital site

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 


Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Liaising with Band 7’s with co-ordination of the unit on a day-to-day basis
  • Provide specialist knowledge to all nursing staff on the unit
  • Support the matron and Directorate senior sisters to ensures that staff develop a patient -centred approach that provides clinically effective and safe care to meet a wide range of needs for patients and their significant others.
  • Ensure that all existing procedures and protocols relating to the care of patients are reviewed and updated as required
  • Ensure effective communication with all groups of staff both within the Directorate and between other departments.
  • Collaborate with the Matron, Directorate Senior Sisters, specialist nursing services to support high quality induction and on-going development of nurses, liaising with the Respiratory Specialist nurses on RAU to provide specialist training relating to Respiratory
  • Demonstrate excellence in specialist knowledge and practice, by working clinically on the unit for a minimum of 3 shifts per Must also be available to work weekends if required
  • Exercise strong and effective leadership acting as an exemplary role model for the unit.
  • Support the Band 7 Ward Managers to maintain adequate staff cover and skill mix on the respiratory unit through effective use of electronic staffing
  • In collaboration with the Matron, implement the trust grievance/disciplinary policy with the aim of ensuring early identification of performance
  • Support the Ward Managers, monitor performance of staff ensuring that learning needs are identified through personal development plans, appraisal systems and supervised practice
  • Take an active role in the development of departmental and trust policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Participate in the selection, interviewing and monitoring of all new staff
  • Oversee with the ward Managers the sickness, absence and annual leave for all
  • Ensure systems and processes are in place to monitor records of all training activities including: local training, equipment specific training, safer handling training, Mandatory training etc.
  • Support the welfare, development and supervision of all staff and act as a mentor/assessor as required.
  • Support the Matron and Directorate senior sisters to promote and maintain a culture of continuous learning

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • First Level Registration Qualification in specialty to diploma/degree level, or willingness to undertake study Appropriate Teaching assessing certificate
  • Substantial management & Leadership experience post registration
  • Evidence of involvement in leading change & developing programmes of care
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills , able to make operational judgments involving complex facts/situations
  • Recognised teaching qualification or prepared to work towards
  • Expert experience of safety & quality initiatives, incident & risk management
  • Ability to lead and influence-evidence of persuasive & strong influencing skills & the ability to manage conflict
  • Flexible attitude to working
  • Able to motivate
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of workforce planning
  • Experience in setting establishments & using workforce tools
  • Clinical Leadership & Management qualification
  • Experience in clinical audit/benchmarking
  • Proactive involvement in the development of nurses & their practice

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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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Tracy Barnes-Clark
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01254 732821

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