Associate Director of Nursing and Allied Professionals

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 a year incl. HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
The postholder will provide professional clinical leadership for nurses and APs relating to professional standards, patient safety, patient experience, effectiveness and clinical pathway excellence.

This post will focus on key trust-wide clinical areas such as, safeguarding, mental health advice and liaison and the development of safe staffing methodology.

This post will work closely with the Deputy Chief nurse in supporting the nursing/AP workforce to align and embed the aims of the workforce transformation agenda and assist the heads of nursing and professional service to deliver a workforce that is aligned to the Trust's strategy.

The post will provide senior clinical leadership to the Trust's Advanced and Enhanced Practice programme.

The postholder will provide nursing/allied professional leadership in the transition to Oriel.

The postholder must form highly effective working relationships with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.

The postholder will update board sub committees on progress and present to the senior leadership team. They will be required to represent the Trust at system and sector meetings.

They will form strong links with the Directors of Quality, Clinical support services, and with the Deputy Medical Directors, lead(s) for Allied Professionals/ Nursing and Chief People Officer to align improvement, quality and transformation agendas.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Nursing and AP leadership team, the post holder will drive change pertaining to the clinical workforce, focussing on developing and supporting delivery of the safer staffing agenda and to align with the Trust-wide strategy.

The post holder will implement change towards enhanced and advanced practice as per the NHS workforce plan, and lead on nursing and AP elements of the Trust's recruitment and retention plan, including International Recruitment, professional nurse advocacy and the equivalent for Allied Professionals

With the Associate Director of Organisational Development and Culture, the postholder will lead the anti-racism agenda for nurses and allied professionals.

They will take responsibility for the corporate nursing risk register andwill manage mental health and interpreting service contracts for the Trust, and will manage the safeguarding and integrated support service counselling teams.

The work will be aligned to the Trust's strategic objectives and will support the longer- term goal with the move to project Oriel.

The postholder will support the chief nurse and executive director of APs to provide professional visible leadership across the organisation to ensure that senior staff understand the contribution required of them to meet professional standards and Trust objectives.

The postholder will promote professional leadership and foster a culture of professionalism, compassion, and excellence in all aspects of delivery of patient care.

About us


This post will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

During the probationary period, your suitability for continued employment will be assessed and provided a satisfactory standard is achieved and maintained, your employment will be confirmed.The probationary period may be extended or your employment terminated either during or at the end of probation, in line with the trust Probationary Policy. For the duration of the probation period, the notice period will be in line with contractual obligations on either side.

Based in the vibrant and fast developing high tech quarter centred around City Road, Hoxton and Shoreditch, we have:
  • A lively working atmosphere
  • Easy and quick transport links
  • Career development opportunities for staff at all levels
  • A range of attractive benefits that include eye care, generous holidays, and an excellent pension scheme

Our core belief:People's sight matters

Our purpose:Working together to discover, develop and deliver excellent eye care, sustainably and at scale

Our Values are:Excellence - Equity - Kindness

Job description

Job responsibilities

Safe staffing and Workforce
  • Working with the Executive Leads, support the trust to develop a strategic workforce plan, leading on the nursing and AP components, that deliver the new clinical pathways and models of care, this will include clinically benchmarking services against peers and best in class models, such as the ophthalmology GIRFT programme.
  • Lead on the clinical aspects of workforce infrastructure projects such as improving our use of and consistency of approach to ESR, Bank, appraisal systems etc
  • Work, where required, with non-clinical teams to drive the safety and safe staffing agenda as part of business planning process.
  • Lead on producing a Safer Staffing model for the Trust, ensuring that the unique position of a specialist Ophthalmic Trust is recognised, leading the way in recommending a staffing model that works in this arena.
  • As required, advise the CN on staffing requirements for safety associated with new Oriel building or other new sites developed at Moorfields.
  • Contribute towards the planning, design, and delivery of a range of training and development interventions that support recruitment and retention and improved culture for nurses and APs.

Clinical Innovation and leadership for patient experience and engagement
  • Seek out innovation from external organisations and independent sector services and develop a best in practice repository to support clinicians and specialties to become cutting edge in their delivery of services. Support evidence gathering, publication and knowledge sharing from the initiatives taken within our trust.
  • Work closely with corporate executive directors, divisional general managers, clinical directors, and heads of professional groups to establish priorities for service delivery.
  • Agree ways of working that ensure that resource is aligned to strategic objectives and supports the delivery of high-quality patient care.
  • Lead the clinical elements of change required to improve patient experience, engagement and education with a particular focus on delivering the AIS requirements.
  • Provide non-medical clinical leadership for delivery of an effective system for issuing Certificates of visual impairment.
  • Provide clinical leadership working with the Oriel development team for
  • patient engagement,
  • ways of working in non-clinical patient facing areas,
  • development of policies, processes and SOPs as appropriate.

  • Strategic contribution
    • Working closely with the Chief Nurse/ Deputy and other relevant leads, support ongoing work, to embed nurse and allied professional, education and research, quality, and digital technology strategies.
    • Lead on embedding clinical excellence within the Trust Excellence Programme to ensure that clinical excellence supports the Trust long-term strategic objectives.
    • Using clinical and management expertise in quality improvement, to work closely with the director of service improvement and director of quality to embed improvement methodology and support the adoption of QI process in project delivery.
    • Development of staff skills and expertise to create a culture of continuous improvement which ensures future embedding of delivery.
    • Provide expert clinical advice and use influence to motivate senior clinical leaders on improvement issues.

    Managing Information, analysis and evidence
    • Using own expert analytical skills, ensure that data is used to support and monitor clinical quality and performance and enable continuous improvement.
    • Lead on delivery of key initiatives or a series of initiatives as required to support the implementation of the Trust Strategy.
    • Produce business cases needed to deliver the change outlined by the Excellence Programme and assure projects deliver to agreed measures of success, quality, experience, and value.
    • Support the clinical aspects of delivery of Excellence programmes to build high quality, sustainable services, including new clinical pathways or models of care.
    • Support the Chief Nurse/ Deputy to establish priorities nursing and allied professionals to deliver excellent, kind and equitable care.
    • Agree ways of working that ensure that resource is aligned to strategic objectives and supports the delivery of high- quality patient care.
    • Effectively manage and lead SLA and budgets.
    • Provide reports to committees and boards within the organisation as required.

    Professional Development in Advanced and Enhanced Practice
    • Collaborate and adapt practice from other ophthalmic providers and other healthcare providers to explore changes to roles, incorporating other professional roles.
    • Lead the ongoing expansion of the Enhanced and Advanced Practice agenda within the Trust.
    • Work collegiately with external stakeholders such as professional bodies and unions to understand the key drivers (and potential blockers) for change in the professions.
    • Contribute to Trust employee relations including being part of a hearing panel where necessary.
    • Ensure that new roles are incorporated into a competency and educational framework, that accurately reflects accountability and responsibilities.
    • Work in partnership with the Trusts Joint Associate Director of Education to support delivery of education and training required for nonmedical workforce reflective of new ways of working.

    Quality Risk and Governance
    • Ensure there are appropriate systems of governance in place that comply with internal, national, or legal requirements and adhere to best practice.
    • Lead on the development of clinical practice standards and chair the clinical standards committee.
    • Work collegiately with the multi-disciplinary team and heads of nursing in the development and implementation of clinical standards, policies and guidelines.
    • Lead and manage the lead nurse for safety and innovation in monitoring the nursing key performance indictors and addressing improves as necessary.
    • Identify and monitor risks within the corporate nursing service and manage the risk register.
    • Ensure that PSIRF methodology is embedded in order to prevent medical errors and adverse events.
    • Call upon own clinically based knowledge and experience changes to support the Trusts Quality agenda, including supporting the quality team to embed PSIRF into the Trust.
    • Leading and collaborating on the development quality information for triangulation in line with safer staffing principles.
    • Support the chief nurse and director of APs, medical director and director of quality and safety in working with the care quality commission, contributing to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of their essential standards.

    • Act as a visible and credible role model as a professional leader, and when required deputise for the Chief nurse and director of APs/ Deputy Chief Nurse at internal and external fora. Visibility should include a range of Trust sites.
    • Promote a culture which focuses on the provision of high quality, compassionate, safe, effective care and continuous improvement which allows staff to maximise their potential and is underpinned by honest, open communication.
    • Be familiar with national nursing and AP strategies and the objectives set out in the NHS long term workforce plan.
    • Support nursing/ AP leadership to implement infrastructure (policies and procedures) that supports the nursing/ AP community.
    • Develop and maintain standards of care that inform evidence-based practice, quality of care, patient safety and clinician workflows.
    • Lead on Nursing and AP clinical policies to ensure consistency and regular update and review.

    Person Specification



    • Hold a relevant clinical qualification and current registration with a professional clinical body (eg, NMC - GOC)
    • Expert and relevant knowledge gained through further post qualification specialist training or experience and evidence of post-qualifying and continuing professional development and leadership qualification.


    • Educated to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant area or equivalent experience.



    • Experience of developing large scale trust-wide change and supporting delivery and experience of working at senior management level for at least 5 years.
    • Evidence of delivery of highly effective services and significant experience of managing teams


    • Evidence of presenting complex concepts to a clinical audience.

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Ability to manage complex HR cases.
    • Experience in making or advising on complex decisions involving
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