Head of Nursing & Quality - MHLD

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Head of Nursing who wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

The Head of Nursing for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (HoN MH& LD) is responsible for the professional leadership and management of Nursing/ other professional clinical staff in the Division.

They are a key member of the Divisional senior leadership team, working closely with the Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and the Deputy Director of MH& LD.

The successful candidate will have joint responsibility for the effective delivery of quality, financial and operational performance of the Division including ownership of key clinical quality performance targets and measures for the service. Service specific aims, objectives and KPI's will be detailed in each post holder's personal appraisal.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of safe, clinically and cost effective and compassionate care within the MH& LD Division providing assurance evidence in this regard to the Director of Nursing. This includes but is not limited to restrictive practice, health care acquired infection, privacy and dignity including single sex accommodation, care planning, safeguarding of adults and children, patient involvement and engagement, learning and improving service quality by learning from incidents and complaints, and embedding a Quality Improvement approach in services.

As part of the Divisional Senior Leadership Team, the HoN drives the strategic direction of the Division which must be consistent with the organisations Strategy and Partnership arrangements.

The HoN has line management responsibility for The Quality Improvement Leads and Quality Manager, and responsibility for the delivery of quality nursing services within the Division.

The HoN establishes and fosters an effective working relationship with colleagues from the multi-disciplinary team across the services managed within the Division, utilising their negotiating and influencing skills to secure and support change and improvement in care and service delivery.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Knowledge


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (relevant to the field of practice of the Division)
  • Educated to first degree level in nursing and midwifery or evidence of working at the equivalent level
  • Management qualification or relevant experience
  • Quality Improvement/ Service Development experience
  • Extensive experience of clinical/ operational management at a senior level
  • Expert knowledge of nursing and understanding of related clinical services providing clinical advice, planningandservice developments
  • In depth knowledge of the clinical governance agenda including safeguarding, health and safety, clinical risk issues and quality initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and other legal and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualise problems and identify solutions.
  • Ability to understand and contextualise complex information for dissemination to all levels across the Division.
  • Experience of people management covering a wide range of issues, working in close partnership with HR advisors to set targets and monitor standards.

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


Isle of Wight

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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