Associate Director of Nursing

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success.

We are looking to recruit an Associate Director of Nursing to join the Senior Triumvirate within the Medicine Care Group for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will work to provide nursing and clinical governance leadership to this large care group and will contribute to the senior nursing leadership structure of the Trust. They will be expected to create a nursing culture within the Care Group which strives for excellence and promotes the reputation of the profession and the Trust.

Main duties of the job

As one of the most senior nurses in the Trust, the Associate Director of Nursing will be a clinical leader who will be empowered to make decisions that improve outcomes for patients.

The Associate Director of Nursing will be accountable for the nursing workforce within the Care Group. They will develop and implement a workforce plan within the care group that ensures effective leadership and succession planning and will have autonomy to be able to flex that workforce within an agreed standard and funded establishment.

County Durham and Darlington will reward you with an employee benefits scheme, annual leave entitlement and many other benefits including salary sacrifice car and bike purchase schemes.

A presentation and assessment centre will be included as part of the recruitment process for this post.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Associate Director of Nursing is appointed to provide expert, experienced, proven strategic nursing leadership within the Care Group. The post holder will report to the Associate Director of Operations and together with the Care Group Director will provide strategic vision, clarity of purpose and oversee a clinically safe and cost effective service within the Care Group.

The Associate Director of Nursing is responsible and accountable for providing comprehensive and robust professional leadership, guidance, advice, support and direction to nurses, midwives and SCPHNs within the Care Group to ensure that patients are managed and cared for effectively, efficiently and safely. The Associate Director of Nursing is expected to work in accordance with objectives agreed with the Care Group Director and Associate Director of Operations, and professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing.

The Associate Director of Nursing will be accountable for the nursing workforce within the Care Group and have autonomy to be able to flex that workforce within an agreed standard and funded establishment.

As part of the Care Group managerial triumvirate the Associate Director of Nursing will be accountable for the delivery of the full business agenda of the Care Group and on behalf of the Care Group will lead the infection prevention and control agenda, the Regulatory/Quality Commission compliance agenda and will progress all elements of the clinical governance agenda.

The Associate Director of Nursing will work with the Deputy Director and Director of Nursing to develop and implement the strategy for nursing within the Care Group and oversee local delivery of nursing services. The Associate Director of Nursing will oversee the redesign of models of nursing care ensuring that the nursing service is flexible, responsive, compassionate and high quality

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse/Midwife with current NMC registration
  • Degree in Nursing/Health related subject
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Management Qualification
  • Evidence of Financial and Performance Management
  • Ability to write reports and business plans
  • Evidence of specialist knowledge in a particular relevant area (preferably surgical)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Sound knowledge of current nursing issues both nationally, regionally and locally
  • Evidence of safeguarding knowledge and skills for children young people and vulnerable adults
  • Knowledge of developments in healthcare which affect patient care
  • Evidence of implementing innovative practice
  • Evidence of professional leadership
  • Evidence of developing new roles
  • Evidence of working with external stakeholders to improve patient care
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and manage financial, service and manpower data and respond accordingly



  • Significant experience at a senior nurse level (band 8 and above)
  • Experience of multi-professional team working
  • Record of successful change management
  • Record of dealing with highly complex, emotive and sensitive information

Statutory Registration


  • Current NMC Registration

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Good knowledge of Microsoft packages, especially Word and Powerpoint, Excel and Access
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation and externally
  • Good presentation skills
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Strong management and organisational ability
  • Problem solving approach
  • Good delegation and empowerment skills
  • Innovative and creative, able to think laterally
  • Ability to make logical operational and strategic decisions
  • Adaptable and flexible and able to deal with unpredictable situations and work patterns
  • Ability to negotiate and influence across all levels and disciplines
  • Self-starter and attention to detail; change agent
  • Able to deliver through others
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Assertive and decisive
  • Excellent time management
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Sensitive to staff issues
  • Confident in own abilities
  • Able to adapt to rapid change
  • Able to work well under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Resilient and tenacious
  • Good knowledge of current NHS issues
  • Ability to deal with ambiguous situations

Special Requirements


  • Ability to fulfill the requirement to join the on-call rota
  • Ability to travel independently across
  • Trust sites and attend meetings nationwide

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