Lead District Nurse for Professional Development and Quality

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023
Job summary

Lead District Nurse for Professional Development and Quality

Band 8a

This is an exciting opportunity in Whittington health Adult Community Services, who are rated by CQC as Outstanding in 2020. We are looking for a candidate who will bring an enthusiasm and commitment to improving patient care across Haringey and Islington and an inclusive leadership style in line with our Trust values.

The successful leader will be responsible for the Professional Development Team and will work alongside the Lead District Nurses to enable the Student Specialist Practitioners, District Nurses, Community Nurses andHealth Care Assistants to develop their evidence based clinical skills, complex case management and clinical decision making.

Please note: All staff are required to be doubled vaccinated especially for clinical posts.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will lead on the continuing development of an innovative research and award winning culture across the service.To undertake research for national publication.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate records of ongoing clinical supervision arrangements for all staff across service, actively ensuring and monitoring that appropriate arrangements are in place for all nursing staff.
  • To lead on collation of data for the service key performance indicators and nursing quality indicators, ensuring that a plan is in place to continuously improve on results.
  • To represent the service at Whittington Health educational meetings and lead the service Learning Needs Analysis.
  • To agree with the team members performance objectives to reflect bothWhittington Health and national strategies and priorities.
  • To manage the team budget (pay and non pay) and be an authorised financial signatory.
  • To lead on this and the quality review of student placements for the DistrictNursing Services.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work

Please click here to see a video of what it is like to work in Adult Community Services, Whittington Health:https://vimeo.com/585737658

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will take an active part in continuing to develop new ways of working across primary and secondary care within Whittington Health and be an active member of the community nursing leadership group.Key relationshipsDistrict Nurse TeamsDistrict Nursing Service ManagerHead of NursingHead of Acute ServicesHospital Matrons and Discharge TeamsWH Professional Development TeamsVirtual Ward and Ambulatory care TeamsGPs and practice staffLocal Education ProvidersSocial ServicesRehabilitation ServicesSpecialist Nursing ServicesSafeguarding Lead

The post holder will provide support with
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Management
  • Education and Training
  • Quality
  • Research and Development
  • Professional responsibilities

  • Please refer to the Job description for detailed information.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse
    • Specialist practitioner qualification (preferably DN)
    • Community Practitioner Prescribing Qualification
    • Nurse Independent Prescribing Qualification (or willingness to undertake)
    • Advanced physical assessment qualification (or willingness to undertake)
    • Community Practice Teacher Qualification (AND willingness to undertake recordable teaching qualification
    • Management qualification (or equivalent experience)
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (willingness to work to/undertake work at Masters level)


    • Postgraduate degree relevant to the area of practice/postgraduate management qualification

    Knowledge & Experience


    • Experience of research and development
    • An understanding of Quality and Assurance and monitoring systems
    • Current knowledge of issues affecting the provision of health services
    • An understanding of team development and leadership
    • Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop practical and workable solutions to address them
    • Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines and within resources.
    • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its application to community services.
    • Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop practical and workable solutions to address them


    • Previous experience of managing community services



    • Ability to challenge traditional views and work practices
    • Ability to develop practice and give feedback to clinicians and managers at all levels
    • Able to act appropriately in stressful situations
    • Ability to work to deadlines and deliver agreed objectives
    • Time management skills
    • Ability to project plan and carry our clinical audit
    • Able to work flexibly and contribute to the programme of change using advanced negotiating skills
    • An understanding and ability to support change management processes
    • Commitment to multi agency working and approach

    Other Qualities


    • Commitment to working in an inner city environment

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