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Clinical Matron

Band 8a

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Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Rosanne House
Welwyn Garden City
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Salary period
03/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity for the post of Clinical Matron (Primary Care Mental Health) is now available within North Hertfordshire and East & South-East Hertfordshire Community Mental Health Services and Primary Care Networks.

You’ll have substantial clinical nursing experience within the NHS, and significant experience of working with clinicians and multi-disciplinary teams to achieve service improvement. We’d like to see a real passion for community mental health services, and the difference placing practitioner in primary care can make to service users and carers.

The Trust itself is a leading provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be one of the leading providers in the country. We’ve been rated ‘outstanding"  by the CQC and believe we are on the path to become Great. We’re a strongly values-based organisation, so that you – and anyone that comes into contact with our services – will experience consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional treatment.

Main duties of the job

Under the guidance and direction of the Head of Nursing and the Senior Service Line Lead you will be the professional/quality lead for the nursing staff within their specialist areas and responsible for providing clear leadership and support to all clinical teams.


You will support new initiatives and projects that will enhance service user care and outcomes and provide a platform to inform, train and develop staff to provide a positive service user experience. Furthermore, you will strive to support the teams to recognise and embed standards of excellence, through increased teamwork and the promotion and facilitation of shared learning.

As a member of the senior team within the Strategic Business Unit (SBU), you will act as a professional role model to all nursing staff and will promote a just and inclusive culture whilst upholding the standards required of the Trust and the profession.  You will also be required to act up in a professional capacity as required and appropriate.


Working for our organisation

“Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.


The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:


Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…”

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will ensure that service users’ experience safe and effective care delivered in partnership with them and their carers, inspiring both service user and public confidence. This will be achieved through high visibility, accessibility and surveillance.  You will be expected to be a visible presence within your specialist clinical areas providing support, leadership and expertise, highlighting and taking appropriate action where there are concerns and deficits in care.

  • Be responsible for leading the development, with clinical and informal supervision and support, of the primary care mental health nursing workforce - particularly ARRS practitioners
  • Provide evidence-based interventions
  • Advise on and develop EPMHS policies and strategies.
  • Provide specialist advice to other professionals, multi-disciplinary and multiagency groups including GPs
  • Respond to referrals for Matron opinion 
  • Exercise the highest degree of professional autonomy in clinical decision-making relating to provision of enhanced primary care mental health services
  • Maintain NMC standards of communication and record keeping
  • Keep abreast of national and local guidance, ensuring assimilation into practice and strategy


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse on NMC register
  • Educated to Master’s degree or currently working towards a Master’s degree
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development
  • Leadership course evident or working towards


Essential criteria
  • Wide knowledge of developments in the NHS impacting on the Trust, including comprehensive understanding of current NHS initiatives and targets
  • Confident with HR policies and procedures and demonstrable evidence of managing significant numbers of staff
Desirable criteria
  • Accreditation (CQC, AIMS) and revalidation knowledge and experience

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Advanced IT skills and ability to use a variety of software packages, such as windows, able to manipulate spread sheets
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Mrs Isabel Worsley
Job title
Senior Service Line Lead - E&N Hertfordshire
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