Director of Nursing

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Depending on experience VSM Competitive
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Full Time
We have proudly appointed a dual chief nursing officer for both Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and our community and mental health services provider Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust (CFT). The Director of Nursing, working to the Chief Nursing Officer, is responsible for the professional leadership of the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions (AHP) in RCHT. They will have delegated responsibility for the delivery of the Trust's safety, quality improvement and patient experience priorities. They will also be expected to lead on some across Trust/s and or system (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board - CIOS) priorities as agreed.

Main duties of the job

The role will require close working with our associate directors, heads of nursing and clinical matrons, to ensure that professional standards are met and maintained, and that the delivery of care is recovery focussed, patient centred and to the highest quality.

As a senior leader you will attend the executive leaders team meetings and by invitation of the chief nursing officer, relevant Board meetings, and act as a strong role model for all colleagues by demonstrating credibility, visibility, strong commitment to improving practice, celebrating success, and encouraging creativity, innovation, and excellence.

We are a values-driven organisation and expect the post holder to role model, provide curious and compassionate leadership at all times, to ensure we optimise patient safety, deliver great patient experience and the best possible patient outcomes. The postholder will assist the chief nursing officer in leading a just culture, focussed on learning and improvement, embracing new roles and workforce transformation.

As part of the interview process there will be a presentation and stakeholder panel.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael's Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of �380 million and 750 beds. We work with health and social care organisations -including NHS Kernow and NHS England- to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000- which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods.

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually develop clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a pivotal member of the senior leadership team, the director of nursing will take a lead role in the direction and leadership of acute adult, paediatric, maternity and allied health services. You will also work closely with system and regional partners to ensure that services are implemented in line with the core offer specifications and within the investment and efficiency parameters agreed.

The post holder will promote a professional culture that supports, recruits, nurtures, develops and retains compassionate, skilled, and flexible teams. You will proactively promote diversity in all its forms, addressing inequity, prejudice and bias.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications and Relevant Experience


  • Registered Nurse with evidence of extensive complex health organisation knowledge and an academic qualification of at least a Masters level
  • Breadth of experience of working at a sub board level in an NHS organisation.
  • Proven track record of transformational leadership of services and enabling culture change in teams.
  • Evidence of collaborative working with partner organisations resulting in successful innovation and change.
  • Able to articulate and demonstrate leadership that enables diversity in all its forms to thrive.
  • Evidence of delivery of complex projects from conception to delivery and evaluation.
  • Proven track record of successful and sustained management of patient pathways.
  • Knowledge of risk management, governance, and patient/carer collaboration within a regulated environment.
  • Demonstrate effective system working and excellent collaboration skills.
  • Experience in leading large scale operational delivery of clinical services which realise quality, resource, and delivery benefits.


  • Doctorate in relevant subject area

Skills and Aptitude


  • Skilled in strategic thinking and able to translate strategy into action.
  • Ability to build personal and professional credibility with board, senior management teams and staff.
  • Highly developed leadership, negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to motivate, challenge and engage individuals and teams.
  • Ability to set out a clear strategic direction, motivate others and assume a leadership position, together with an ability to transfer strategic objectives into deliverable operational plans.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with key partners and influence a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to bring about positive change. Demonstrates a patient / carer focus, leading to co-production and collaboration at all levels within services.
  • Highly skilled in collaboration and bringing together teams and organisations with strong relationships to deliver on the services for patients.

Knowledge and abilities


  • Proven ability to build enduring and effective stakeholder relationships acting as trusted advisor to the dual chief nursing officer, executive leadership team and board of directors as appropriate.
  • Demonstrable ability to evidence KPI outcomes through quality metrics from a variety of sources including patient data, workforce information, resource and quality data.
  • Must comply with individual Trust policies and procedures including infection control guidelines, ensuring methods do not constitute a risk of infection to either patients, staff, or any other person.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital



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