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Mental Health Matron - PICU (*with £3000 welcome bonus/relocation)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Norwich, Norfolk
AfC Band 8A- £47,126 - £53,219
Closing date
8 Jul 2022

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Are you looking to take the next steps in your nursing career? We’re seeking an inspirational leader to join our collaborative team as Matron, running our newly refurbished PICU here at NSFT…

We’re looking for a special person to join us to build and lead a team alongside the MDT; this is a highly respected post that would receive the guidance of a supportive, visionary management team who have pledged to work together, to make sure that we do all we can to help deliver outstanding care to people admitted to our inpatient units.

As Matron of PICU you’ll be at the heart of the ward, leading from the front with a level head and a flexible, energised attitude. This is a key role and we’re committed to supporting the successful candidate; you’ll have an individualised development plan which includes the option to access leadership programmes.

Rollesby will work in conjunction with our PICU based in Suffolk to ensure our PICU pathway is lined up. As Matron of our Norwich based PICU, you’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the wider pathway e.g. our Mother and Baby Unit, our low secure unit, and our other inpatient areas based at Hellesdon, to ensure we have a joined up approach to supporting those in our care.

Main duties of the job

We will be welcoming a Matron who will be supported to deliver care specific to the population, nurturing the skills of the team in supporting people at their most unwell, whilst creating a therapeutic, safe environment.

The team will consist of a variety of highly skilled professionals including nursing, medical, psychology and OH colleagues. You will work closely with all of them to ensure the care is not only outstanding but that the team is well developed and supported.

We are looking for an experienced nurse, preferable with PICU experience with a can-do approach, who is aware of the operational pressures of a rehabilitation unit. We are looking for a strong and proven leader who can take responsibility for decisions and support junior members of the team. 

Communication is key.  We are looking for someone who can communicate in a professional manner with a wide spectrum of people to achieve the best outcome. Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills are a must for this role as you will be working in an environment where creativity on how to approach situations is key.

We are also looking for someone who has the confidence in their own conviction, this role does involve making decisions which can be very difficult to make.

However most importantly we are looking for someone who has exceptional people skills as this role requires you to make difficult decisions whilst having to maintain professional relationships.

Working for your organisation

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you’ll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We’re an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are looking for a clinically driven, proactive matron who will be excited to be part of something new and very special. We want creativity, innovative ideas and passion towards providing excellent patient care.

If you want to make a difference in people’s lives and change it for the better, we want you to be part of our fantastic team! 

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.


“I am proud to work with some absolutely fantastic patients, as well as many dedicated, caring and compassionate nursing colleagues.” – Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Mental health nursing is an incredibly privileged and rewarding career which brings with it the chance to make a huge difference to people’s lives. 

To provide the absolute best care you need to be supported in your career, you need to be given the opportunity to be listened to and have your opinion values. 

Our Trust vales of Positively, Respectfully and Together sum up perfectly what our roles encompasses. 

You will need to be enthusiastic and conscientious and do everything you can to provide the best care to our service users. We are looking for nurses who display compassion, empathy and sensitivity in their approach to people who may be distressed or have a challenging manner.

“We are expecting ambitious people to apply for our roles and will support any continued academic learning.” – Mike Seaman, Deputy Chief Nurse

We have Specialist Nurses, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Prescribers as well as Matrons and Practice Education Facilitators.  We employ Mental Health Nurses and also Registered Nurses who have physical health skills but an interest and passion for Mental Health Nursing.

Our nursing teams are compliments by a wide variety of roles such as Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers as well as Psychologists.  All play a vital role and are valued members of our teams.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk?

Norfolk and Suffolk are some of the safest places to live in the UK with low crime rates, making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

Big blue skies - The beautiful countryside and coastline is quickly and easily accessible from anywhere in Norfolk and Suffolk. Norfolk county is home to the world-famous Norfolk Broads, a National Park with more than 125 miles of man-made, lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside, and home to picturesque towns and villages.   Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. It's full of charming villages and medieval towns and is the home of Constable Country.

For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport.

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