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Our Values

  •  W e are KIND
  •  We are OPEN
  •  We pursue EXCELLENCE
  • We are looking for applications from people who share our values to help make us a valued and trusted partner within our care system, that delivers safe effective care to our local population

    People for Patients. Our People, our Patients, our Priority

    Job overview

    Do you want to be part of an innovative and highly motivated senior nurse team making positive changes happen daily?

    We are seeking a confident and pioneering Matron to join our committed team at York Hospital to contribute to and help drive clinical care improvements for our patients.

    As Matron you will work within Care Group 1, taking responsibility for setting the standards and quality in the development, implementation and evaluation of patient care. Supported by the Associate Chief Nurse, Head of Nursing and additional Matrons you will form part of an inspirational and motivational nursing team who demonstrate the Trust values through all our behaviours and actions.

    You will work closely with the operations team across the Care Group to support our patients to benefit from a strong and vibrant multi-disciplinary team approach where patients come first in all we do, covering a rota including weekend work. As a role model you will influence further developments in nursing across the hospital, acting as a liaison point and contributing to the development of nursing across the organisation as a whole.

    You will have a passion for developing staff and creating a learning environment across your wards and department and demonstrate exceptional situational leadership enabling and empowering your teams. Your excellent communication and leadership skills will enable your team to embrace improvement as a continuum in order to enhance the patient experience in all they do.

    Main duties of the job

    You will be a registered nurse with 2 years in a leadership role, ideally within the acute hospital setting but this is not essential. You will create confidence in your staff and be comfortable working independently and also within your teams.

    The role will enable you to develop extensive skills in leadership, people management and finance within the clinical environment, whilst receiving excellent support for both your personal and professional development.

    This role would be pivotal in developing new ways of working and ensuring quality patient care within the Care Group. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the front line of new ways of working and ensuring the services at York Hospital offer the right care at the right time and in the right place.

    You will embody our values, have a passion for patient care and have excellent communication skills. A proven track record of innovation and success in a senior role is essential, including high levels of engagement with staff, patients and external partners.

    You will be accountable for the professional development of nursing staff. You will provide professional leadership that will enable, influence, negotiate and engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders to improve patient care and nurse leadership.

    As a Matron, you will work with the Chief Nurse to ensure that professional standards are maintained across the Trust in line with local and national guidance.

    Working for our organisation

    York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute hospital, community and specialist healthcare services for approximately 800,000 people living in and around York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale – an area covering 3,400 square miles, and which includes Scarborough and Bridlington.

    Our mission is to be a valued and trusted partner within our care system, delivering safe effective care to the population we serve.

    We’re situated in a fantastic part of the country: home to two national parks, a beautiful coastline, and the city of York, which is consistently voted one of the best to live in the UK.

    It’s our privilege to be the largest provider of healthcare in the region and we are incredibly proud of our 8,500 staff, working across 9 hospital sites, supporting safe, high quality patient-centred care on a day-to-day basis.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    For further details / informal visits contact:

    Caroline Dunn – Associate Chief Nurse 

    Email: caroline.dunn
    Telephone: 01904 724485

    For more information please see the job description attached

    Interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 25th November 2021 – there will be a presentation to be delivered on the day.

    The base for this role will be York hospital.

    Armed Forces Friendly Employer

    We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE – Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers. This means that York Teaching Hospital has provided its statement of intent to support all Defence personnel and we welcome their application to work for us.

    Disability Confident and Mindful Employer

    The Trust is committed to meeting the needs of employees and applicants with a disability or mental health condition. Our support for these schemes includes encouraging applications from people who are disabled or have a mental health condition, offering adjustments to make our application process accessible.

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Registered Nurse (Level 1)
  • Masters level qualification in health care leadership or in a relevant nursing speciality or equivalent qualifications or knowledge
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • At least 3 years experience at senior level in nursing
  • Additional Specialised Knowledge of healthcare leadership acquired through experience combined with demonstrable evidence of specialist work, short courses and extended self-study
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Budgetary skills
  • Change Management
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience in relevant speciality
  • Training

    Essential criteria

  • Willing to undergo training in relation to post
  • Desirable criteria

  • Project management
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Influencing & negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • Please be aware, we are planning for the Covid-19 vaccination to be made mandatory for all patient-facing staff in our organisation from 1st April 2022. This means that if you haven’t already, you will need to have had a first dose of the vaccine by 3rd February 2022 in order to maintain employment in a patient-facing role, (unless you have a medical exemption).

    Applicant requirements

    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship . It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found . Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

    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.

    Documents to download

    Further details / informal visits contact

    NameDonna JackJob titleHead of NursingEmail addressTelephone number01904 724076

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