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Head of Nursing

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year per annum plus HCA
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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

The Head of Nursing role is a key position within the Divisional Management Team, responsible to the Divisional Director of Nursing and Governance with a prime focus on the day-to-day delivery of high standards of patient care across integrated care pathways and services, delivered across the Trust including the community. This post covers the acute directorate which includes Emergency Department, Same day Urgent Care, Medical Admissions Unit and acute ward based respiratory and cardiac wards.

Main duties of the job

The post holder supports the Divisional Director of Nursing and Governance and other senior managers in the day to day delivery of the clinical business of the Service, and assumes delegated functions of corporate nursing or midwifery development programmes, nursing recruitment and retention, measuring and improving standards of care and the patient experience, in accordance with agreed objectives, targets, quality standards, controls and resource constraints.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a community focused provider of local and acute care, providing high quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley. With a turnover of around �700 million, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham and a range of community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

As an organisation, we've made significant improvements for patients and staff in the last two and-a-half years. This is reflected in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection (from February 2020), which found improvements across the organisation and gave us an improved rating of \Good in the Well-Led and Effective domains, in addition to the rating of \Good that we had already achieved in the Caring domain. Our staff culture change programme has been key to the Trust's improvement journey, as we've stabilised our workforce by reducing vacancy rates and improving staff retention. We've also significantly increased the representation of minority ethnic leaders across our clinical and corporate teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work with the Divisional management team and service leads to provide professional and clinical leadership to the Division, ensuring that a framework is in place to ensure all nursing, midwifery and AHP staff are appropriately managed and are clinically and professionally developed so that they are, therefore, efficient, effective, engaged and highly motivated. Main key performance indicators are staff recruitment and retention, quality indicators, and access targets.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • RN (part 1 ) Post graduate training in Clinical Specialty, or Business or NHS Management in progress or completed
  • Formal education to first degree level or equivalent ability Master's degree or equivalent ability/evidence of skill



  • Minimum 3 years operational management in an acute NHS Trust, including senior level experience & management of specialist services
  • Minimum 3 years staff management, including senior level experience Minimum 3 years management
  • Management of change Familiarity with basic IT applications

Knowledge & Skills


  • Has the drive and energy to make things happen; frequently goes \above and beyond the call of duty Shares leadership with and is respected by clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Is action oriented and adaptable to changing circumstances Thinks and solves problems creatively and from a position of inquiry (versus advocacy)
  • Provides authentic and clear communication and direction even in times of uncertainty/ambiguity
  • Has effective strategies for dealing with and managing own limitations

Personal Qualities


  • Flexibility Resilient, even in the face of setbacks

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