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Senior Lead Nurse Occupational Health

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Oh Occupational Health and Wellbeing is the Occupational Health department for Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and other organisations including Royal Papworth Hospital (RPH). Supporting a workforce population of around 20,000 Oh aims to improve the health, safety and general wellbeing of all staff, striving to create a healthier working environment for all.

We offer a range of high quality services including infection screening and immunisation, infectious outbreak contact tracing, fitness for work assessments, advice on sickness absence management, advice on stress management, assessment for long-term disability benefits or ill-health retirement, health surveillance, health promotion, training and education.

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Lead Clinical Nurse for Occupational Health & Wellbeing. We are looking for someone who is a natural role model, who consistently demonstrates the Trust values with a passion for supporting and developing others while providing visible leadership to motivate and inspire their teams.

This post provides opportunities for flexible working (Mon-Fri with no rostered out-of-hours working and no on call requirement) as well as opportunities for research and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This is an onsite based clinical post with some working from home.

Due to CUH major internal incidents you may be required on occasion to work outside of your contracted working hours.

A fixed term/secondment would be considered.

Main duties of the job

To provide an impartial, clinically safe, confidential and expert Occupational Health and Wellbeing service to the employees of Cambridge University Hospitals and external clients.

To provide professional and clinical leadership ensuring a high quality, customer focused, efficient and cost-effective service delivered to the highest professional standards.

To be responsible for the assessment, planning, diagnosis implementation and evaluation of care, as an autonomous practitioner with highly specialist skills.

Undertake clinical activities according to service needs, and responsibility for the management of complex cases.

As an integral member of OH senior leadership team, be involved in the strategic review of clinical services as appropriate.

As a professional lead in Occupational Health & Wellbeing, will provide professional and clinical leadership, influencing and shaping change, whilst ensuring a high quality, customer focused, and efficient service. You will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and be responsible for the assessment, planning, diagnosis, implementation and evaluation of care as an autonomous practitioner within this highly specialist area.

Where there is specific OH related training required for the role, we will look to support and fund this for the successful applicant.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 21 November 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 29 November 2023

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Postgraduate qualification in Occupational Health
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills
  • Management/Leadership skills qualification, training and/or development


  • Non-medical prescriber
  • OH research module
  • Advanced communication skills or counselling qualification
  • Masters degree in OH or other relevant discipline e.g. public health or willingness to work towards
  • Teaching and coaching/mentoring qualification



  • Significant clinical experience as a nurse specialist in the OH speciality (including case management, vaccination programmes, triaging referrals and health surveillance)
  • Recognised as an expert in the field of practice with the ability to clinically assess and diagnose.
  • Line management including recruitment and selection, induction, continuing professional development and performance management
  • Operational service management including developing, monitoring and reporting on activity targets and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Risk management
  • Understanding of clinical governance and management of complaints and investigations
  • Sound knowledge of relevant OH and staff health and safety legislation
  • Experience in project management
  • Evidence of leading service change.
  • Managing resources
  • Managing and or leading a team


  • Practical experience of policy and process development
  • Audit or research experience
  • Experience of Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) standards and accreditation processes
  • Broad range of OH experience both within an NHS OH setting and/or the private sector
  • Infectious incident management
  • Experience of leading Staff health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Experience of using NHS Occupational Health records systems



  • Advanced clinical skills in OH specialty
  • Advanced communication skills including interpersonal skills, liaison, influencing, and negotiation skills, writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously as an independent practitioner.
  • Proven effective leadership and team leading skills with the ability to empower others
  • Proven ability to manage and progress own professional development.
  • Able to respond to change and apply themselves to development in practice.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Confident to manage complex sensitive negotiations to deliver service change and improvements
  • Good organisational skills and proven ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • Good IT skills - MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Additional Requirements


  • Highly motivated and proactive to find solutions
  • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets
  • Reliable and supportive
  • Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions
  • Able to occasionally work outside of core office hours and at weekends when required for service delivery e.g. vaccination programmes and major incident responses
  • To be primarily based on site with occasional home working.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Corporate

Hills Road



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