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Lead Nurse - Specialised Clinical Networks

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 8A
Part Time
Fixed-Term Opportunity, 3 days pw (minimum hours available 22.5 hrs) until end of March 24

The Network requires a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual who wishes to work as lead nurse in a team dedicated to the transformation of children and young people's services across the East Midlands. This post will continue the work that has already taken place and will build on existing and historical relationships in the region, helping the network to achieve its strategic and clinical goals as set out in the relevant NHS England network specifications.

The successful candidate will work closely with the network Clinical Leads,the shared Network Manager and Data Analyst, as well as the wider team within the University Hospitals of Leicester and our Network Partners. You should be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal and communication skills and have the ability to forge and maintain relationships with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff, the ability to build, develop and lead effective teams, work to tight deadlines with a 'can do' attitude.

The post holder will be employed on a short-term contract until the end of March 24. Secondments to the role will be considered. The post holder will be directly line managed by the Network Manager, with accountability to the Network Leadership Team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Lead Nurse - ODNs, Clinical Leads and Network Managers to facilitate and support the transformation of relevant services across the East Midlands region. With support, supervision and guidance from the Lead Nurse and Clinical Leads, they will identify, lead (where appropriate) and oversee other specific projects/ work streams related to the designated Clinical Networks. These will be guided by general and/or broad national or regional policies where the post holder will be responsible for interpreting their required impact and implementing them accordingly.

The post holder is responsible for helping ensure that national and local targets are delivered, that the quality of care is of the highest standard and that resources within the service are managed efficiently and effectively. The post-holder should feel confident to provide clinical expertise and deliver all nursing-related objectives and work stream projects as well as drive nursing-related strategy and service improvement across the Network. At times the role may also require travelling to other hospital sites within the Network footprint so the candidate should be willing to travel within the East Midlands area as and when required

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical Focus

  • The Network Lead Nurse will:
    • Maintain clinical experience and provide expertise in the specialist area of Paediatric Critical Care to patients, families and professionals.
    • Interface with other health professionals and agencies regarding the care and treatment of patients requiring Paediatric Critical Care and/or Surgery in Children.
    • In collaboration with regional education leads, develop dedicated training specific to the Network and ensure a development training programme is in place for nurses and other professionals who may care for children requiring Paediatric Critical Care and/or Surgery in Children.
    • Develop dedicated guidance, SOPs and protocols in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing as relevant to the development of the Network
    • Work to ensure that transitions in care for example, between childrens and adult services, or between neonatal and paediatric care are as seamless as possible and that information to support the experience of the whole transition process is accurate and readily available.
    • Provide support to patients, their families and professionals around end of life care and unexpected death, working closely with the childrens and adult palliative care services. In particular, work to ensure a consistency of approach and management of expectations for this sometimes very unwell patient group.
  • Patient experience & quality of care

  • The Network Lead Nurse will:
    • Work with parent/patient representatives and other health personnel to improve patients and family experience throughout their journey.
    • Provide advice and clinical support during investigations into specific patient complaints where appropriate.
    • Work with the Network Data Analyst to coordinate the provision of local information, data and intelligence to support performance monitoring and the strategic development of the service e.g. key performance and quality indicators.
    • Work collaboratively to help lead the development and practice of audit, research and evidence-based Paediatric Critical Care
    • Work with provider organisations to ensure that best practice models of care are embedded.
    • Advocate on behalf of parents and other service users to ensure high quality care is available and accessible to those who need it across the network.
    • Take a whole system approach to ensure the delivery of safe and effective services across the patient pathway.
    • Ensure the delivery monitoring and future planning of Paediatric Critical Care services is in line with National Standards, NICE guidance and other relevant Service Specifications.
    • With the Network Manager and Lead Clinician, develop a risk register and to support risk management across the Network(s)
    • Support the management of robust clinical governance arrangements for the Network.
    • Support the development and implementation of Network protocols and standard operating procedures for Paediatric Critical Care.
    • Work with provider organisations to ensure that best practice models of care are embedded.
    • Support the development and delivery of an annual audit programme.
    • Support the reporting of incidents to the Network (including within the paediatric critical care transport services) and sharing learning between and across organisations.
    • To act as a champion for parent and carer representatives to understand system issues and develop improvement plans, embedding parents and public involvement in policy development and decision-making of the Network(s).
    • Support investigations into specific patient issues when appropriate.
    • Work collaboratively with other Paediatric Critical Care Network Lead Nurses to achieve national goals and to share learning between Networks.
  • Management

  • The Network Lead Nurse will:
    • Be responsible for management leadership with the Network Manager and Lead Clinician, delivering the relevant standards through collaborative working with provider organisations and commissioners.
    • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders in all centres across the Network.
    • Support the Network Manager in producing:
      • a communications strategy, to include engagement with relevant Strategic Clinical Networks, Academic Health Science Networks, charitable organisations, parent/family representatives and members of the public.
      • a strategy for engagement with children and young people, parents and carers. Provide regular monitoring and reporting on the implementation of a service user engagement strategy.
  • Operational Delivery

  • The Network Lead Nurse will work with the Network Manager and Lead Clinician to:
    • Focus on improving cross-organisations multi-professional clinical engagement and patient/carer engagement to improve pathways of care.
    • Ensure Paediatric Critical Care services in the East Midlands are coordinated and follow agreed pathways.
    • Support the provider Trusts to deliver Paediatric Critical Care services through the sharing of information and the bringing together of people and ideas in order to effect improvements to the patient pathway.
    • Ensure that commissioners are informed of any issues associated with the delivery of Paediatric Critical Care across the East Midlands.
    • Enable the development of consistent provider guidance and improved service standards, in order to ensure a consistent patient/family experience.
    • Work collaboratively with clinicians to ensure that patient pathways provide optimal use of limited specialised Critical Care capacity.
    • Coordinate provider resources to secure the best outcomes for patients across a wide geographic area.
  • Governance and Risk

  • The Network Lead Nurse will:
    • Work with the Network Manager and Lead Clinician to ensure that patient safety is at the centre of the delivery of patient services.
    • Ensure that within the service area, governance and risk management are seen to be everyones responsibility.
    • Support systems to record and monitor governance and risk information.
    • Help make the case for resources where necessary for submission to the Host Trust Management team and local Specialist commissioners.
    • Contribute to the production of an annual Governance Plan, including relevant clinical audit activity.
    • Work with the Network Data Analyst to promote clinical information for benchmarking and audit to improve the patient experience.
  • Education and Teaching

  • The Network Lead Nurse will:
    • Organise and participate in Network Educational events.
    • Support the development of a Network Educational Strategy.
    • Promote learning opportunities in a wide range of formats to improve multi-disciplinary and flexible working.
    • Promote a culture of lifelong learning, ensuring that training is accessible to all staff, recognising the diverse needs of the workforce.

    Person Specification

    As outlined in JD


    • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours
    • Registered nurse.
    • First degree or equivalent Experience.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Minimum of five years post-registration experience in Paediatric Critical Care.
    • Leadership and management of a clinical team.
    • Reputation for professional excellence with a track record of practice development.
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
    • Leadership style which promotes collaboration and open two-way communication.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
    • Capacity to work with colleagues across all disciplines and at every level within the organisation
    • Approachable, reliable, decisive, tactful, respectful and supportive
    • In-depth specialist knowledge of Paediatric Critical Care
    • Understanding of Networks
    • Evidence of management development and leadership development
    • Understanding of clinical governance and risk management concepts and techniques.
    • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.
    • All staff are expected to engage in compassionate and inclusive leadership in the provision of high quality care and interactions with others
    • A team player, with a flexible approach


    • Master's Degree in a health- related discipline (or demonstrable evidence of working at Masters Level). Leadership / management training / qualification. Teaching qualification
    • Experience of leading complex projects to redesign and improve clinical services.
    • Experience of working in a strategic role as a senior nurse leader.
    • Experience in clinical research
    • Understanding of critical appraisal techniques
    • Experience in Change
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