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Matron - Theatres

Job Description

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West. With 8,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services, working in nine hospitals in the centre and to the south of Bristol, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol and beyond.

Our hospitals include: Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, University of Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

The city of Bristol is an exciting place to live and work whether you are looking for culture, shopping, eating out or sport, it’s all here for you.

Trust values: Respecting everyone, Embracing change, Recognising success, Working together

Everyone at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is valued, whatever their role. We are looking for people that live our values to help us make a difference to the thousands of patients who come to us for treatment every year. Being a member of staff here means treating everyone with respect. It means working together and embracing change to achieve excellence in every part of the hospital. Most of all, it means encompassing a desire to take personal responsibility for ensuring our patients get the highest quality care they deserve.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce.

Matron, Band 8a Full Time leading the Adult Operating Theatre Department at University Hospital Bristol, NHS Foundation Trust

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dedicated individual to join our team as the Theatre Matron at University Hospital, Bristol.

Our Division offers a range of specialist surgery and operates from a number of theatre complexes including Hey Groves theatre (10 theatres including cardiac surgery, general surgery and trauma), Queen’s Day Unit theatres (2 day case theatres), St Michael’s Hospital Theatres (5 theatres including Obstetrics), and Bristol Eye Hospital Theatres (4 theatres).

Experience of practicing within an operating theatre will be advantageous, having the ability to combine your clinical expertise with managerial responsibilities. You will hold relevant qualifications and have sufficient experience to provide strong, knowledgeable leadership. You will work closely with the General Manager to ensure the effective operational management of the operating theatres, whilst supervising and coordinating all departmental activities.

You will work closely with the Head of Nursing and your leadership will guarantee delivery of high quality nursing care from admission to discharge. Working within the framework of the Modern Matron principles, your key role will be to ensure clinical quality standards are achieved consistently by providing inspirational and visible clinical leadership to the Sisters/Charge Nurses and their nursing teams and supporting them in assuring the delivery of a modern, high quality, safe, effective and evidence based nursing service.

Working with other Senior Nurse/Matron colleagues, General Managers and other key staff in the Division and across the Trust, as the custodian of the patient experience, you will ensure patients, staff and the Trust have confidence in your areas of responsibility.
You will require a high level of organisational skill and have a resourceful and professional approach to work. You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and have the ability to forge and maintain relationships with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff.

As a member of the senior nursing team, you will also lead on key nursing projects and will be required to participate in the Duty Matron rota.

Provisional interview date - Wednesday 16th November 2016

For further details / informal visits contact:
Miss Juliet Cox, Head of Nursing,  ( Phone number removed )  email: ( Email address removed )


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