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Clinical Nurse Information Officer (CNIO)

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Band 8b (Subject to Agenda for Change)
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO)/ Chief Clinical Information Officer is a senior leadership role responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of clinical informatics initiatives in the organisation. The role will collaborate with nursing and AHP staff, IT teams, and other stakeholders to optimize the use of information and digital technologies in clinical practice, with the goal of improving patient care, enhancing patient safety, and driving innovation.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for clinical informatics initiatives, aligning them with the overall strategic goals of the organisation
  • Develop and implement clinical information systems, electronic health records (EHRs), clinical decision support systems, and other relevant informatics tools and technologies
  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure successful implementation and ongoing optimization of informatics initiatives
  • Collaborate with clinical staff, IT teams, and other stakeholders to assess informatics needs, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement evidence-based practices that enhance workflows and patient care outcomes
  • Drive innovation in practice through the use of technology, including evaluating emerging trends and technologies, and leading pilot projects and initiatives to test and implement new informatics solutions
  • Promote the use of standardized terminologies, data analytics, and other informatics tools to facilitate data-driven decision-making, quality improvement, and research in clinical practice
  • Provide leadership in change management efforts related to clinical informatics initiatives, including addressing resistance to change, managing stakeholders, and promoting a culture of continuous improvement

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About us

At Bridgewater, our PEOPLE values shape how we deliver our NHS services in your local community.

They help us deliver our mission to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve.

After all, values are about people and they were created in partnership with our staff to reflect what they felt was important to them

Here at Bridgewater our shared values flow through the organisation.

P- Person-centred-We are passionate about individual needs and promote independence in the healthcare we provide..

E- Empowered- We empower our people and encourage new ideas to deliver and create improvements in community care.

O- Open and Honest -We behave in a way that develops relationships based on trust, openness, honesty and respect.

P- Professional-We support our people, so everyone has the right skills and training to deliver outstanding patient care.

L- Locally Lead -We are always learning about our communities and show great pride in being a local provider of health and care.

E- Efficient -We use our resources wisely to provide sustainable and value for money healthcare for our patients.

Unfortunately, we do not hold a sponsor licence for working Visas.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Will support and contribute to credible, effective, and visible professional and clinical leadership across the organisation and will make a corporate contribution in achieving implementation of the NHS England/NHS Improvement strategy and vision for Nurses and Allied Health Professions, and The Long-Term Plan.

To support the Trust in the deployment and use of Electronic Patient Records and will lead and advise on the clinical implementation of specified clinical systems projects within the Trust.

To be responsible for ensuring the effective clinical implementation of the projects in accordance with overall project plans. This includes project definition and monitoring with reference to local readiness, workflow analysis, local configuration of the applications, infrastructure and procurement and installation, interfacing, data migration, training, user support, benefits realisation, applications testing and commissioning.

To communicate, co-ordinate and assist with implementation of projects across a range of clinical services, utilising consistent standards and system technology.

To collaborate with wider CNIO groups, both regionally and nationally.

Will direct and role model to the clinical workforce in developing new ways of working harnessing digital technology, and actively strive to unblock resistance to digital enablement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure that implementation of specified clinical systems programmes support the redesign and development priorities for the Trust.

Ensure projects, services and initiatives are delivered on time, to quality & Safety standards and in a cost-effective manner, adjusting plans as required.

Determine short-, medium- and long-term business plans, achieving safe quality outcomes.

To assist the Project Managers, Programme Manager and Trust Information Services in defining and delivering project objectives, whilst providing clinical safety advice.

To work as part of identified project and programme boards, project teams and user groups, adhering to the appropriate standards, policies, and procedures.

To develop and establish systems for active clinical engagement within services.

To provide timely and appropriate clinical advice to projects and their ongoing implementation.

Work with Clinical teams and Service Managers to facilitate business process review to meet identified local change and development needs.

To work with clinical services to plan and implement significant change management programmes.

To effectively manage a defined implementation budget within the Trust Standing Financial Instructions, including acting as an authorised signatory for goods and materials.

Ensure all assigned project issues are organised, managed, and monitored, according with project management methodologies.

To develop, produce and provide reports to, the Chief Nurse, Assistant Director of Digital Services and project boards, teams and user groups as requested.

Work with EPD to develop and maintain training plans in order to manage the delivery of application specified training.

To develop, organise and chair meetings and clinical user groups ensuring actions are completed.

To establish and maintain appropriate communication networks with clinical service managers and frontline staff.

To develop and maintain a risk, quality, and issues log in relation to clinical system implementation and safety standards and take action to escalate or resolve issues as appropriate.

To acquire and maintain a detailed working knowledge of the systems/applications and clinical implementation to ensure that enquiries and issues can be appropriately and effectively addressed.

To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the software and system and its opportunities for improvement and development within clinical services.

To develop and provide formal presentations and workshop sessions for boards, user groups and staff on the future implementation and functionality of systems.

Ensure that all clinical templates, letters, care plans developed on the system comply with clinical safety standards as set out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Review and check all clinical templates and care plans by carrying out a hazard assessments to ensure clinical system safety.

Support workforce optimisation within the Digital Nursing Programme.

Provide specialist advice and prepare strategic reports and briefings for directors and stakeholders.

In depth analysis, interpretation, and production of complex and multiple reports.

Influence service delivery across all care settings promoting digital as a tool for improving safety and quality.

Determine the strategic planning of service projects, identifying interdependencies across projects/functions, potential impacts on the wider organisation, resource requirements and building in contingency and adjustments as necessary.

Support the shaping of new models of patient care that fully integrate the use of the digital health record and lead to more efficient, safer, and high-quality services.

Promote innovation and champion the development of a clinically appropriate information culture across the organisation. Promoting the effective use of data for nursing outcomes, knowledge, and technology to support quality improvements and nursing/AHP informatics research, which will benefit service users in their recovery and support carers.

The Chief Clinical Information Officer/Chief Nurse Information Officer will support a sustainable governance framework for the review and development of evidenced based clinical content for Electronic Patient Records.

Will provide the Trust digital leadership, will direct the programme of work undertaken by the directorate Clinical Safety Officers. The person, along with the Clinical Safety Officers, will form a digital governance structure and work with Clinical leaders across the organisation to deliver strategic digital enabled change. The Chief Clinical Information Officer/Chief Nurse Information Officer will be actively involved in the national digital strategic nursing agenda and lead the development of patient facing digital approaches.

Will support the Trusts provision of an efficient, effective, and high quality professional and well-co-ordinated Digital service capable of meeting all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements ensuring alignment with the activity of the organisation.

Communicates and provides highly complex information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. (verbal, written and numerical)

Present highly complex information about projects, initiatives, and services to a wide range of stakeholders in a formal setting.

Commit to working and engaging constructively with internal and external stakeholders on a range of contentious issues.

To maintain clinical competence, credibility, and consistent professional visibility, including working clinically, within their scope of practice, across the organisation.

Staff Management

The post holder will:

Provide management responsibilities including recruitment, induction, appraisal, development, and retention of identified staff groups.

Be responsible for developing and motivating staff through effective personal leadership, ensuring views and decisions are communicated both up and down the management structure.

Develop workforce plans which anticipate service changes and developments and which address recruitment, retention, and workforce supply issues to minimise the impact of these on service delivery.

Lead and support organisational change to ensure efficient service delivery and productivity and compliance with Trust requirements.

Manage delegated budget responsibilities for the services, ensuring adherence to agreed budget plans, identifying cost improvement savings, and implementing plans to reduce costs safely.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional with extensive clinical leadership experience and current active registration.
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Clinical Safety Officer trained and accredited
  • Coaching and/or mentoring qualification or equivalent experience
  • Post registration qualification in Informatics/Information Management/Digital Leadership or willing to work towards


  • Training qualification
  • Dual registration

Job Specific Requirements


  • Provide training during unsocial hours
  • The ability to travel independently across the Trust
  • The ability to work flexibly in accordance with service needs
  • To participate in the Tactical on call rota
  • Do you have the right to stay and work in the UK without sponsorship (share-codes will be checked if applicable)



  • Demonstrable experience in a senior leadership position.
  • Previous experience of NHS environments and working practices.
  • Significant demonstrable project Management post qualification.
  • Experience of organising & delivery.


  • Benefits and change management.

Skills and Knowledge


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