Divisional Head of Nursing

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We are inviting applications from ambitious, exceptional Registered Nurses with strong leadership & managerial skills to join CUH as a Divisional Head of Nursing for Division B, supporting the chief nurse delivering on our strategy.

With 2900 members of staff Division B is the largest Division within the Trust operating across a number of key services including Cancer, Pathology, Genomics and Imaging, Outpatients, Pharmacy, Therapies & Dietetics, Medical Physics, Radiation Protection and Clinical Engineering. It's an exciting time to be joining the team as we prepare for the building of our new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital as well as key moves for Pathology and Clinical Support Services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will line manage senior nurses within our Division, including the Deputy Head of Nursing. You will provide strategic and operational leadership, expertly managing professional issues, developing teams and ensuring we have the right staff with the right skills across all our services.

As a member of the Triumvirate you will support the Division in achieving excellence in patient safety, patient experience and clinical governance. As a member of the Trust's Senior Nurse Leadership Team you will be setting nursing priorities and contributing to strategic nursing discussions as well as leading on delegated aspects within the Chief Nurse's portfolio.

You must able to demonstrate a proven track record of inspirational leadership and development. You will be self-motivated with the passion, drive and the adaptability needed to be able to respond to continuously changing services and priorities and serve as a Role Model. You will have a proven track record of facilitating your teams to deliver high quality patient care and patient outcomes.

You will have excellent communication skills, be visible and accessible with high quality outcomes as your priority. You will need to be flexible and resilient in order to cope with the demands of the role. In addition you must be able to influence and negotiate in order to deliver our plans. Evidence of continuing professional development is essential.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 24 September 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 6 October 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • First level registered Nurse
  • NMC registration
  • A degree in Nursing
  • Working towards or achievement of a Masters level qualification/post graduate management qualification



  • Broad senior clinical and managerial experience relevant to the post.
  • Successful implementation of a range of clinical governance initiatives to develop practice.
  • Management of clinical risk.
  • Leadership of multidisciplinary teams
  • Development and delivery of training and development interventions
  • Professional nursing issues
  • Nurse education and development
  • Detailed knowledge of NHS practices and procedures, and experience of implementing new policies across a service
  • Diversity and equal opportunity issues and how they translate in practice.
  • A good understanding of Risk and Clinical Governance to lead the Trust Clinical Governances agenda at divisional level.
  • Service Improvement techniques eg Lean, Process Mapping, Root Cause Analysis
  • Demonstrable previous success in leading and delivering change and performance with and through clinical teams, by engaging them in the strategic direction and delivery plans, establishing clear work priorities with them, delegating effectively, ensuring a capability to deliver, monitoring performance and giving feedback.
  • Research experience



  • Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them.
  • To collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working.
  • To be able to set and monitor standards of care that ensure this is delivered to an exceptional standard
  • Well developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams across the Trust
  • Be able to articulate the evolving vision for the future of nursing and be able to demonstrate opportunities this can bring to the Trust.
  • Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, a diverse interest groups, and common sense in knowing when to brief up the line.
  • To have a clear understanding of Workforce, Education, Standards and research issues within the NHS
  • Able to set and lead the Nursing and Midwifery agenda.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and communication skills
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement and flexibility in approach and attitude.
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role.



  • Highly motivated
  • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets
  • Reliable and supportive
  • Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions
  • Able to participate in a senior nurse on-call rota

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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