Executive Director of Nursing

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Brierley Hill
Depending on experience
Closing date
26 Jun 2023

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Job summary

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS FT serves a population of 5.6 million people covering an area of more than 5,000 square miles. The West Midlands is a hugely diverse area and covers the second largest urban area in the country (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country) while over 80% of the area is rural. We are also the second most ethnically diverse region in the country after London. With approximately 7000 staff we serve the population from our 15 preparation hubs across the region, responding to around 4000 999 calls every day, as well as providing almost 1 million non-emergency patient journeys each year.

We are a fast paced and ambitious organisation, with a reputation for delivering high quality services, which includes being the UKs only CQC Outstanding rated ambulance service. As we continue to evolve and progress as an organisation, we have an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join our Board as the Director of Nursing.

As the Executive Director of Nursing, working 2 days per week, you will be the lead for all aspects of Health and Safety, Clinical Information, Safeguarding, clinical risk and risk management, and infection prevention and control. This is a broad clinical strategic leadership portfolio to ensure the continued provision of high quality, safe, and sustainable patient care, working closely with the Medical Director and Patient Safety Director.

Main duties of the job

This is a unique opportunity for a current registered Nurse, with strategic leadership experience and professional knowledge in a range of disciplines, to provide clinical expertise to the long-term strategic planning of the Trust. A skilled communicator and natural team player, you will have a demonstrable track record of delivering strategic programmes of work in partnership with a range of stakeholders, and be adept at influencing both within an organisation and externally across the health and social care landscape. You will be highly proficient in regulatory standards and have experience of implementing clinical system and practice redesign. Most of all, you will share our values, be committed to developing a diverse and inclusive organisation and be focused on continuous improvement and innovation, as we strive to continue delivering an outstanding service to our communities served.

We want our Board to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we look for individuals who bring lived experience that equips them both for the leadership aspects of the role, but also brings an understanding of some of the challenges faced by our local communities

About us

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West Midlands Ambulance Service positively welcomes diversity and aims to be a truly inclusive place to work. We are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds that care about making a difference.

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of people from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities. Selection will be on a basis of merit. The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy. To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

If you wish to discuss and adjustments that you may need for the role of the assessment process prior to your application, then please do not hesitate to contact the recruitment team

The Trust is proud to support our Armed Forces community and have signed up to the Step Into Health initiative. We welcome applications from Armed Forces Veterans and Service leavers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors you will contribute to corporate management across all aspects of the Trusts activity, and provide strategic leadership and clinical advice to the Trust Board in the following key areas:

Controlled drugs accountable officer (CDAO)

Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO)

Director of Infection prevention & control (DIPC)

Maternity care



Clinical risk and risk management


1- Corporate Responsibilities:

Support the Chief Executive and Directors in the overall delivery of the Trusts aims and objectives.

Actively contribute to the successful team working of the Trust Board and executive team, and assume joint responsibility, with other directors, for corporate performance and the achievement of the Trusts strategic objectives.

Contribute to the development of corporate strategy, policy decision making activity.

Conform at all times to the Trusts Policies and Procedures, its Standing Financial Instructions and Standards of Business Conduct.

Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are in line with legislation and are reviewed as required.

Ensure that management processes are open and transparent and encourage the confidence of staff, the public and other agencies.

Establish effective networks and partnerships with other organisations to enable the trust to continuously improve and learn from best practice.

Promote a positive organisational image

Contribute to Patient and Public Involvement activities and events.

2- Clinical and patient safety

Provide strong clinical leadership at all levels (strategic, tactical and operational) throughout the Trusts including the ability to undertake personal delivery of clinical care.

Provide clear and direct clinical advice and direction to the Board of Directors regarding clinical standards, appropriate treatment and our statutory duties with regard to clinical care.

Provide clinical advice and leadership in the implementation of national policy.

Ensure that the clinical advice and direction reflects the guidance received from expert national bodies and ensure that the Trust is fully informed where local implementation differs from national guidance.

Actively explore clinical risk reduction to patients through risk management, complaint resolution and incident investigation ensuring lessons learnt from experience.

Maintain a current awareness of all developments and trends in clinical practice related to pre-hospital activities

Manage complaints to the organisation

Support the maternity lead and report to the board as champion for maternity services

Report to the board and undertake statutory responsibilities as controlled drugs accountable officer

Undertake statutory responsibilities as chief clinical information officer.

3- Working with External Stakeholders

Liaise with other health care providers, social care departments, ICSs, Primary Care Networks [PCN] and Commissioners to facilitate the management of patient care across healthcare systems to maximise patient benefit.

Ensure that the Trusts provide specific ambulance clinical advice and Partnership working.

Support the Trust by providing, as requested, a media presence and informed comment to journalists

4- Directorate Management & Nursing

Provide strong and visible leadership to the Directorate.

Actively manage the directorate budget within financial management regulations, ensure financial balance.

Develop the role of nurses within the Trusts activities, acting as the professional lead within the organisation.

5- Infection Prevention and control

Hold statutory responsibility for infection prevention and control as the named Director for this area

Interpret and assess the relevance of international, national, regional and local policy and guidance in relation to Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C).

Ensure the provision of IP&C meets statutory and regulatory requirements

Provide guidance and support to the Trust regarding implementation and ensure effective systems for demonstrating the effectiveness of IP&C.

Work with the IP&C Manager providing strategic support to develop and promote innovative and creative approaches in order to maintain and improve the legislative IP&C requirements establishing targets, actions and scope for continuous improvement.

Setting, implementing and auditing standards of infection prevention and control, ensuring they are evidence based and reflect best practice.

Lead the IP&C Manager in the management of outbreaks of infection and provide expert advice to reduce the impact on Trusts business.

Lead the infection prevention and control service in the development and evaluation of policies/guidelines/protocols for clinical practice and take responsibility for updating and monitoring polices/guidelines/protocols specific to the role.

To provide an annual report, quarterly and monthly reports and regular assurance as required.

6- Safeguarding

Hold statutory responsibility for ensuring the Trust meets its Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults accountabilities.

Develop robust responses to child protection and vulnerable adults issues and ensure the Trust meets its statutory obligations

Manage the safeguarding department, working with the safeguarding manager

To provide professional advice, support, leadership and supervision to the Safeguarding Manager.

Provide specialist advice and guidance to the Executive Team and board on all matters relating to child, young people and adults at risk.

To monitor the provision and quality of safeguarding systems, policies, procedures, professional guidance, supervision and training programmes across the organisation

7- Any other duties

To promote and observe all the employers policies including human resources, health and safety, equal opportunities and to co-operate with any queries arising under such policies.

To undertake any other duties which are commensurate with the post and within the postholders clinical competence.

Key Relationships

Requirement to communicate across a broad range of areas, where information is highly complex and highly emotive where there may be some hostility to messages being given.

Chief Executive Officer

Trust Board members

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officers

Managers and Staff

Council of Governors

NHS England/Improvement

External organisations including ICS and Local Authority

Third Sector organisations

Independent Sector organisations

Patient/Public representative bodies

MPs and other political leaders

Staff side organisations and representatives

Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE)

Person Specification



  • BSc / Masters level degree (or willingness to work towards) and additional in-depth professional knowledge in a range of disciplines (e.g. clinical, patient safety, performance management, information systems, strategy, policy formulation)
  • Registered Nurse

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust


Ambulance Headquarters

Waterfront Business Park

Brierley Hill

West Midlands


Employer's website

https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/ (Opens in a new tab)

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