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Borough Lead Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£75,853 to £86,574 per annum Inc HCA
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 8C
Full Time
Borough Lead Nurse.

The Borough Lead Nurse is a key member of the Directorate Management Team who is accountable for delivering nursing leadership and services of the highest quality in the Borough.

The successful applicant will be someone whose focus is on how the needs of service users can be met through the provision of high-quality nursing services. You will be joining a team that has enjoyed considerable success but also faced considerable challenges throughout the Covid period and beyond. You will be interested in the lives of people with mental health needs and how good services can make a difference to the quality and well-being of those people. You will actively seek to work with service users to that end.

Newham itself is a highly diverse area of London with considerable social deprivation. Professionals work closely with service users to improve and develop services. This is a key part of our local culture we want to be the service that people choose to use.

The Trust has also achieved excellent service ratings and as a Foundation Trust is committed to strengthening the capacity of our membership whilst developing the expertise of our workforce and our partnerships with external organisations.

You will need to demonstrate your partnership experience, your practical abilities in managing people and resources and your capacity to inspire, lead and drive improvements in our nursing services.

Main duties of the job

To provide professional leadership, manage and support nursing staff to enable improved inpatient care, develop nursing practice and clinical leadership at a local level.

The post holder will be the responsible lead for local induction of nurses entering the service and overseeing the education, training and professional development of the nursing work force for the designated area of responsibility. Support the Director of Nursing for London to provide visible nursing leadership, advice and support to nurses in the borough.

Ensure that all relevant statutes and professional guidance on nursing are reflected in local strategies, procedures and plans and that all nurses work within these statutory and regulatory frameworks.

The Post Holder will be responsible for budgets for the Newham in-patient unit including the PICU.

The post holder will be responsible for developing and implementing a performance management structure for all nursing staff with clearly defined, measurable objectives and will work with the Director of Nursing for London to keep the Borough's governance team informed on all emerging issues and progress on nursing performance and national targets across the borough. And strengthen the inter-professional working within the borough and the interface between the in-patients and community services

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education, training and qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Completed Clinical Supervision Training
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • Completed a recognised Leadership development programme


  • General Nursing Qualification Higher Degree Management course (e.g. CMS, DMS, MBA).

Previous Experience


  • Proven experience at a senior management level, including managing change and introducing new ways of working for mental health nurses
  • Demonstration of sound and effective leadership skills
  • Proven experience of leading a nursing team and/or senior practice-based posts with significant leadership functions.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with budgets and using financial and activity information to support the management of services
  • Experience of interpreting and analysing highly complex information and managing high complex circumstances
  • Experience of undertaking work requiring intense concentration in unpredictable circumstances with frequent interruptions.
  • Partnership working with other statutory and voluntary agencies
  • Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care
  • Experience of, or awareness of specific issues of working in a culturally diverse inner city area
  • Experience of preparing and presenting reports at Executive group level
  • Able to evidence ability to change practice, culture and outcomes of large nursing teams.
  • Experience of working with patients who have severe personality disorders
  • Experience of working across all directorates, able to enthuse and inspire others using advanced communication, presentation skills


  • Experience of working in community services
  • Project management

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to facilitate multidisciplinary debriefing, critical analysis meetings
  • Able to take the lead in highly volatile situations
  • Able to lead on integration of service development, theory and practice
  • Able to provide expert mental health nursing advice to the whole service
  • Able to manage time, so that deadlines are met
  • Able to manage change constructively
  • Able to negotiate constructively with all professions at all levels
  • Able to analyse and solve problems in a professional nursing context
  • Able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to develop and implement multidisciplinary training packages using emotional intelligence, transactional analysis and reflective practice framework


  • Computer skills



  • National performance targets for inpatient wards
  • Understanding of healthcare governance framework and its application in practice
  • Research, audit and quality improvement methodologies and their application
  • Theory and concepts associated with mental health practice and its application
  • System & Learning Theory
  • Principles of managing change
  • Current policy context and the implications for mental health nursing
  • Contemporary developments in mental health nursing


  • An understanding of the evolving ICS landscape in North East London
  • Current professional developments in nursing and education

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham Centre for Mental Health

Cherry Tree Way


E13 8SP

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