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Assistant Director of Nursing, Quality and Professions

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
1 x 37.5 hours

Are you interested in a key leadership role in a value driven and caring organisation? Do you want to work in an improvement focussed Trust that provides compassionate services in mental health, community physical health, learning disability and forensic mental health?

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is recruiting to the role of Assistant Director of Nursing, Quality and Professions. The successful applicant will work closely with the Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Professions, and will support the Deputy Director of Nursing, Quality and Professions to provide overall strategic direction, vision, leadership and management for the directorate and its work in the Trust.

Applications are welcomed from registered Mental Health Nurses, registered Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Social Workers.

The interview will be undertaken in two parts, a stakeholder panel, and a formal interview. Candidates will need to be available on both the 5th and 6th December 2023.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

The work of the directorate includes quality improvement, governance, regulatory oversight, professional standards, safeguarding, patient safety, patient experience, and infection prevention and control. Recent changes within the structure and personnel of the directorate provides an opportunity to discuss and determine portfolios based upon areas of interest and expertise.

This exciting role will suit an experienced leader who enjoys working as part of a team to achieve the best outcomes for our service users, their carers and families and our wider communities. The appointed individual will strongly contribute to the clinical governance and professional leadership agenda across the organisation and will help bring others with them on the journey to excellence. Applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate the impact they have had at a senior level within a large and complex organisation, together with experience of partnership working with external agencies.

Please note the job includes an out of hours on call element, supporting the operational teams as part of the senior manager on call rota. This is typically a one day in 10-12 days rota, which is subject to salary enhancement.

If you have the right values for our organisation and you would like to have an informal discussion please contact Sarah Whiterod, Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Professions on 07919 216881 or

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will support the Directorate in ensuring the Trust has robust systems and processes in place to meet all regulatory and compliance requirements to support clinical teams in the achievement of clinical excellence, patient safety and regulatory assurance.

The post holder will manage and lead a corporate function across the organisation and lead the managing senior professionals and managers as designated within the portfolio.

The post will have 4 main domains:

1. Care GroupGovernance Partner

2. Professional Leadership

3. Corporate Function Leadership

4. Senior Level Partnership Working

The post holder will work to provide assurance with regard to the above areas and take effective action where necessary. The post holder will develop systems for governing and delivering high quality clinical services.. The post holder will support the Executive team in providing leadership and strategic direction and provide the interpretation of strategy and policy into operational delivery.

The post holder is required to be part of an on call rota, supporting the senior manager on call rota for the Care Groups. This is typically one day in 10-12 days. A salary enhancement is available to support this.


Lead the development of a culture of high quality clinical practice that both meets the needs of the service users and provides assurance across all services, ensuring that quality and governance is owned by all staff.

Contribute to the process of ensuring regulation and compliance agenda is fully embedded within the organisation.

Support the development of a strategy that fosters a culture of ownership and accountability whilst encouraging innovation and staff empowerment.

Contribute and lead the development of specified Trust policies and procedures to ensure practice governance issues are fully represented.

Contribute to the overall financial management of the Trust, utilising influence to ensure services are delivered efficiently, effectively and represent good value for money. This will include deploying financial and other resources to achieve maximum benefit for patients and applying principles of financial governance.

Support the trusts commitment to service user, carer and public involvement in the way services are planned, developed and provided and to incorporate this approach in a way which respects issues of equality and diversity in all aspects of work.

Make recommendations to the Trust on training needs as appropriate. This will include liaising with the appropriate specialist advisors in the identification of skills/knowledge gaps delivering training specific to practice governance.

Undertake the role of Care Group business partner. Develop and maintain effective business partner relationships with Care Groupdirectors, senior managers, clinicians and other key stakeholders. Work closely with the Care Group to provide expert advice on regulation risks, professional issues and safety.

In partnership with directorate colleagues lead on the development of local nursing practice and AHP policies to reflect national and local initiatives/ legislation and best practice ensuring these are integral to the culture and strategic direction of the Trust.

Ensure Care Groupreceive practical support in improving the quality of the service delivered.

Line manager responsibility for respective teams.

Ensure learning that is identified in serious investigations, clinical and disciplinary are implemented in clinical practice.

Communication & Relationship Skills

Ensure that through highly effective networking, relationships are established and developed with senior leaders (Internal - Board members, Directors , senior managers and clinicians External Commissioning Consortia, Local Authority, CQC, NPSA etc) to ensure alignment of Trusts goals with national, regional and local governance requirements.

Establish and maintain effective communication and relationship system with Care Groupkey stakeholders, colleagues, service users and partners relevant to the work being undertaken.

Provide and receive complex and sensitive or contentious information (financial, analytical and performance) which may have significant barriers to acceptance. Translate into practice through strong interpersonal and leadership skills i.e. through persuasion, influence and negotiation.

Present complex or contentious information to large formal groups (Trust Board, Executive team, colleagues, partner organisations and service users & carers) where acceptance of and delivery of content is critical to compliance with the practice governance agenda.

Maintain confidentiality during communication, consistent with agreed standards.

Produce and communicate a wide range of information, e.g. project plans, reports and performance information.

Analytical and Judgement Skills

Manage, monitor, analyse, review and evaluate the delivery of the key strategies to ensure that it is implemented effectively within agreed timescales and meets identified outcomes.

Through critical reasoning identify risks or constraints to deliver against the Practice Governance Strategy. Risks may arise through financial or human resources issues, governance, planning, knowledge and information management, external influences or partnership and engagement. Some will be made up of several components and stretch across multiple parts of the organisation and may be in conflict.

Formulate and recommend solutions for the mitigation and management of these risks to Executive team/ Trust Board/ Clinical Governance and Clinical Safety Committee.

Interpret a broad range and significant volume of complex information, preparing intricate performance analyses, evaluating a range of alternative options and proposing solutions.

Produce reports and summary reports of activities, actions and outcomes for Trust Board and Executive team.

Planning and Organisational Skills

Lead the development of a performance framework for the Care Group.

Develop a robust Care Group strategic plan (operational framework) that encompasses the needs of each individual Care Group within the Trust and considers the needs of partner organisations external to the Trust with clear objectives, milestones, robust resource plans and risk management strategies.

Co-ordinate and facilitate the delivery of the Care Group teams and project plans , ensuring that priorities are set and resources are available on time to enable the delivery of objectives.

Develop effective systems for tracking progress against Care Group strategy, ensuring that any slippage is highlighted quickly and action taken to address it. This will also involve ensuring that project plans remains focused on the realisation of the agreed strategic vision.

In partnership with senior managers ensure that effective governance structures are established in clinical areas of responsibility.

Responsibility for Patient Care / Client Care

Provide specialist advice, concerning the provision of care or treatment of service users, to clinical teams regarding physical and mental health

Occasional contact with service users.

Ensure clinical teams are involving service users and carers sufficiently in their care to meet governance standards and provide quality care.

Develop links with patients/carers in supporting a culture of recognising and rewarding good practice within the Trust.

Responsibility for Policy / Service Development

Ensure mechanisms are in place to deliver a high quality service of the designated corporate function, that can be performance managed at board level.

Identify clear benefits, goals and processes for physical health and communicate these effectively to services. The post holder will support individuals to Identify key performance indicators for that service/ Care Group and assist the service to be successful in achieving agreed indicators.

Identify key priorities and areas, develop and implement a programme of evaluation, monitor outcomes and produce reports for the Board, Executive team and Clinical Governance and Clinical Safety Committee.

Ensure systems in place for monitoring quality are used by all services.

Constructively challenge current culture and ways of working.

Explore and develops innovative ways of working.

Drive change through the change management process within realistic timescales, ensuring measurable outcomes are achieved.

Reinforce developments, improvements, successes and achievements within the organisation and encourage recognition opportunities outside of the organisation.

Link the development of knowledge, ideas and practice to the role, function and interests of others within the organisation.

Link closely to the Director of Nursing, Clinical Governance and Safety, Deputy Director and Assistant Directors within the directorate to identify actions for continual quality improvement.

Train and support staff to embed tools and techniques which support the practice governance strategy.

Utilise social movement approaches to gain commitment, motivation and mobilisation of improvement ideas.

When commissioned undertake a service review and make recommendations on safety, effectiveness and quality to the lead commissioner.

Take the lead in developing practice governance relating to physical health in relation to Care Group Partner Policy and Procedure.

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

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