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NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Older Peoples Medicine
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum
22/09/2019 23:59

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:.


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here..? Click here to find out more about our Hospital and what we have to offer


Older Peoples Medicine has been revolutionised at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, come and join us and be part of something ground breaking. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for any Matron looking to gain either new skills and experiences or any current Band 7 seeking the opportunity to take on more responsibilities in one of the most innovative departments at the 6th largest Acute Hospital in the UK.

This role has been created as a response to our ever changing service.  As Matron you will be part of the OPM Matron team responsible for the 4 existing wards plus our new OPM ward due to open early 2020.

Older Peoples Medicine is an innovative and dynamic specialty supported by a suite of advanced and forward thinking services.  We care for around 200 inpatients at any time across the services and our award winning teams provide compassionate, person-centred care for older people in hospital, working closely alongside multidisciplinary colleagues. 

Our teams love the diagnostic challenge of working with older patients with complex needs and the benefit of sharing skills with clinical colleagues from other specialties. On our OPM wards you’ll have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the needs of older people, build experience of the wider healthcare system and take advantage of a variety of professional development opportunities. 

There’s a variety of exciting projects to get involved in as we further enhance our services for the future. We’re developing our frailty pathways, building on our Dementia Friends programme and investigating new ways of providing the best care for our patients through dedicated rapid assessment clinics. We’re also a major teaching and research hospital and are passionate about developing nursing educational pathways across the department. 

NNUH was the first hospital in the UK to open a dedicated Older Peoples Emergency Department which allows us as a team to assess our patients from point of arrival in the hospital.  It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making our service as forward thinking and innovative as we can.

What are the skills we are looking for?

  • We are looking for an experienced nurse with a level head who is aware of the operational pressures of Older Peoples Medicine in a large acute hospital.
  • 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.
  • We are also looking for someone who has the confidence in their own conviction, this role does involve making decisions which are best for the whole hospital and can be very difficult to make.
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills are a must for this role as you will be working at a fast pace trying to reach the demands of many conflicting areas.
  • However most importantly and in keeping with our PRIDE values we are looking for someone who has exceptional people skills as this role requires you to make difficult decision whilst having to maintain professional relationships.


Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a beautiful, purpose built, modern hospital with bright and airy atriums flooding the building with beautiful Norfolk sunshine.  In a recent survey, 97% of friends and family would recommend NNUH to a family member; this is a direct result of out 7,500 strong multi-disciplinary workforce working together in a constant effort to improve patient care.  With strong links to the University of East Anglia and Norwich Research Park we want to give our staff every opportunity and the support to achieve their potential. 

Why Norwich?

In Norwich a staggering 77% of people say they love their job.   Although less than 2 hours from London and serviced by excellent transport links , Norwich is one of few UK cities that still retain a strong local identity and with that a strong sense of community – people walk down the street and say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee order, you get to know about interesting local projects.

This strong sense of self along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the best city to work in. 

Wish you were here?

So do we…..

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Interview date: 2nd October 2019

Open for applications: 11th September 2019

Close for applications: 22nd September 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Suzanne Nurse - Senior Matron OPM

Tel: 01603 286286