Rapid Response Matron (Band 7) – Community – Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Job Details:

Main area Community Grade Band 7 Contract Permanent Hours Full time – 37.5 hours per week (The postholder will need to cover weekends and bank holidays) Job ref 199-5117103-SS-Y

Site Lennard Road Town Croydon Salary £45,024 – £50,806 per annum inc HCAS Salary period Yearly Closing 09/04/2023 23:59

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.

Job overview

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification

Main duties of the job

Living Independently for Everyone

Rapid Response Matron

The Rapid Response Service is an admission avoidance service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Are you a dynamic, flexible, innovative and motivated experience Community Nurse, Nurse practitioner with Community experience or Paramedic? 

The post holder will require advanced assessment skills and have the ability to prescribe a plan of care that will support patients with complex needs through an acute episode in the community in order to avoid a hospital admission. The candidates will need to be motivated and innovative with strong leadership and communication skills, to support the development of community services.

Please note that, should this post attract sufficient interest and we are inundated with applications, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage. If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact: Operations Manager, Aisling Vaugh on View phone number on click.appcast.io.

Working for our organisation

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. 

These include:
• Croydon University Hospital
• Purley Hospital
• The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath
• Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside
• A minor injuries unit in New AddingtonThe Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.Our Vision:“Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”Our 5 key ‘Here for you’ promises to the people of Croydon are:• You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff
• You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff
• You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians
• You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to home
• You feel it’s getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services 

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of “Listening into Action” as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to “Listening into Action” is new and different. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification

Person specification


  • Registered General Nurse with current NMC registration
  • Community nursing qualification e.g. DN, HV, Practice nurse or Advanced practitioner qualification.
  • Completion of or willingness to undertake Independent ( V300) prescribing study.
  • Research and Development


  • Awareness of current professional nursing and NHS issues
  • Evidence of up to date knowledge and skills in long term conditions
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Awareness of current healthcare issues, policies and implications for practice


  • Recent experience in Management of staff
  • leadership course and evidence changing practice.
  • Experience in the management telehealth within the community setting


  • Evidence of advanced clinical skills i.e. Physical assessment, decision making and psychological therapies.
  • Capable of working and making decisions under own initiative
  • Coach and mentor junior staff in clinical skills.
  • Evidence of innovative practice

Additional requirements

  • Car driver, current UK licence and access to car for work purposes.

We particularly welcome applications from black, asian and minority ethnic candidates as there is an under-representation at senior level within Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

We offer many flexible and part-time working opportunities and all of our substantive & Fixed Term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, including parking, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme. We value diversity and promote equality of opportunity.


Please note that no job offer or volunteer placement will be made until satisfactory references have been received. You are asked to provide email addresses for all referees, and ensure their accuracy before submitting your application.If you need to discuss any reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act, require the application form in a different format or would like advice in regard to the recruitment process, please email the South West London Recruitment Hub @

For Nursing:- View email address on click.appcast.io 

For Non-Nursing:- View email address on click.appcast.io 

In submitting an application form, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process, if applicable, should you be appointed.WE COMMUNICATE TO ALL JOB APPLICANTS VIA THE E-MAIL ADDRESS WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION FORM. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CHECK YOUR E-MAIL ON A REGULAR BASISDue to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications.If you decide to apply for this post, but do not hear back from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.


Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website. Please note, we are unable to sponsor a candidate for a visa on a bank contract.

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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.

Job Category: Health
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Croydon

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