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Chief Nursing Officer and Allied Professions Lead (Chief Nurse)

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
We can now offer a unique opportunity to join our organisation as our new Chief Nursing Officer and Allied Professions Lead (Chief Nurse).

This role is critical in providing strategic leadership and strengthening our established Executive Team to enable our organisation to consolidate our performance and achieve our mission to become a centre of excellence for mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity. The post holder will be key in ensuring that quality, safety and responsiveness are at the heart of our services and you will help us seek-out opportunities for improvement in partnership with our service users, their carers and families and our staff.

Thank you for expressing an interest in the post of Chief Nursing Officer and Applied Professions Lead (Chief Nurse).

Please be advised, we are working with our recruitment partners Finegreen, and are directing all interest to them.

We recommend contacting Finegreen by email on to request a copy of the candidate briefing pack. The pack contains further details of the role, as well as full instructions on how to apply.

Again, thank you for your interest and we wish you well with your application.

Main duties of the job

Though our partner relationships and collaborative infrastructure, you will play an important role in in the transformation of NHS services in Devon. Working together at system, regional and Peninsula level to create sustainable, innovative models of care that address health inequalities and maximise our use of digital and new technology.

Devon also offers the opportunity of a fantastic lifestyle it is a beautiful place to live and work. Our communities are active, supportive and friendly. We also recognise the importance of balancing home and work life for our staff, actively supporting agile working in a variety of ways.

We hope you find this opportunity exciting and interesting, and would welcome a conversation with you. We are committed to being an inclusive employer and applications are encouraged and welcomed from all sections of the community.

Recruitment Timetable:
  • Applications Close: Sunday, 17 March 2024
  • Shortlisting Interviews:tbc
  • Final Interviews: tbc

To find out more about this post, please contact our recruitment partner, Finegreen.

To request a copy of the information pack, or for an exploratory and confidential conversation about the post please contact Joe Joyce and Natasha Parmar on

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust commissions and delivers a wide range of high quality mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services for the people of Devon, the wider South West region and nationally. Employing over 4,500 staff, with a turnover of �390m a year we serve a population of more than one million people and receive around 72,000 referrals a year.

With a CQC rating of Good, we use our expertise and resources, and through our partnerships, to successfully deliver high quality services that are safe, tailored to peoples needs and focused on their recovery. We are passionate about our vision of an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued.

Our Strategy for 2022-2025 was developed with our staff and confirms our strategic aims, underpinned by compassionate leadership and an inclusive, restorative, just and learning culture. We are also working closely with our partners nationally, across the South West region and within Devons Integrated Care System to provide joined-up care and improve peoples health and wellbeing.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

As a member of the Trust Board, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) has shared accountability with the Executive and Non-Executive Directors for the strategic direction, assurance, and continued development of Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) as it continues its journey to be an outstanding organisation and a great place to work. They will lead a culture that supports staff to challenge discrimination and promote diversity and supports the achievement of our mission, aims and objectives.

As a key system leader, the post-holder will work with our partners and population to deliver the Devon shared ambition to transform outcomes for people with mental health conditions by working collaboratively, at-scale, creating sustainable, new, innovative models of care, that address health inequalities and maximise our use of digital and new technology.

They will have a pivotal role in providing strategic leadership for the nursing and allied professionals workforce and ensuring the quality, safety and patient experience of all clinical services within DPT through visible, compassionate leadership.

Specifically, they will:
  • Lead transformational change that leads to measurable improvement in patient outcomes and delivers value for money, ensuring the co-production and involvement of people with lived experience, carers, and staff.
  • Lead the professional leadership, education and development of the nursing and allied professions workforce, ensuring that the care we provide is delivered with compassion.
  • Provide quality and safety assurance of our care and services with learning and improvement at its heart, through the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework, meeting external regulatory requirements e.g. CQC and the delivery of national quality standards.
  • Lead on non-medical temporary workforce, ensuring best use of resources.

The post holder will be the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for several key programmes of work and working with Executive Directors colleagues and other leaders within the organisation, is responsible for delivering the operational changes required under these programmes.

The CNO is:
  • The executive lead for Freedom to Speak Up (F2SU), overseeing the creation and implementation of the Trust F2SU vision and strategy.
  • Holds executive responsibility for infection prevention and control.
  • Is the Trust Caldicott Guardian
  • The executive lead for health and safety and security
  • The Nominated manager for CQC All DPT sites
  • The executive Lead for Safeguarding Child and adult and public Protection

Strategic and Corporate Responsibilities
  • Responsible, with other Directors, for leading the delivery of our vision and strategic aims, within a compassionate culture, free from discrimination.
  • Contribute to the delivery of Trust-wide statutory and non-statutory responsibilities, for the delivery of short- and long-term objectives, for organisational development and for establishing strategies, policies and plans including infection prevention and control to ensure future delivery of high-quality healthcare.
  • Contribute to the continued corporate development of DPT, coordinating key areas as directed by and agreed with the Chief Executive.
  • Contribute to the achievement of all DPTs objectives, including the quality, financial, workforce and performance targets within DPTs overall corporate governance framework.
  • Bring to the attention of the Chief Executive and the Board of Directors any professional issues which might affect DPTs performance or reputational concern.
  • Represents DPT in terms of PR and other media requirements, including the coroners court.
  • Participate in the executive management on-call rota.
  • Actively support the achievement of NHS Improvement Single Oversight Framework continuous improvement capability requirement in Leadership and Improvement Capability (Well-led) domain.
  • Holds a partnership role within Devon ICS in partnership with Devon CNOs.

  • Review of this Job Description

    This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing service needs. This job description is to be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder on an annual basis.

    General Information

    Equality & Diversity

    Devon Partnership Trust is an inclusive employer and is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce, reflecting the population we serve and the communities we work within. Applications are encouraged and welcomed from all people, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. The Trust expects all staff to behave in a way which recognises, respects and celebrates this diversity and challenges any form of discrimination.

    Part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported when operationally possible and reasonable adjustments will be made wherever possible.


    It is a requirement of all employees to have an understanding of the broad principles of the Recovery Approach and to incorporate them into every aspect of their work in support of the Trusts aim to provide services that support peoples recovery through being holistic and promoting social inclusion, self-management, personal autonomy and independence.

    Risk Management / Health and Safety

    Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out and maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.

    Records Management

    The post holder has responsibility for the timely and accurate creation, maintenance and storage of records in accordance with Trust policy, including email documents and with regard to the Data Protection Act, The Freedom of Information Act and any other relevant statutory requirements.

    Clinical Governance, Compliance and Performance

    The post holder will be responsible for proving that the Care Quality Commission outcome areas have been met in all registered/related activities for which the post holder is responsible. Where outcomes are not met the post holder is expected to put in place/recommend action to improve.

    The post holder will proactively seek and engage the support of the governance teams in the Compliance and Corporate Development directorate to gather information as required.

    The post holder will build an understanding of and adhere to the CQC guidelines as well as the Trusts guidelines on the approach to maintaining CQC registration.

    Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infection

    The post holder is expected to comply with Trust Infection Prevention and Control Policies and conduct themselves at all times in such a manner as to minimise the risk of healthcare associated infection. This includes for example, staff health and illness, screening and immunisation and dress code policies.


    The Trust operates a non-smoking policy. Employees are not permitted to smoke anywhere within the premises of the Trust or when outside on official business. Staff must also be mindful of public perception and must therefore not smoke whilst travelling in Trust identified vehicles or when can be identified as Devon Partnership Mental Health Trust staff.

    Policies & Procedures

    Trust employees are expected to follow Trust policies, procedures and guidance as well as professional standards and guidelines. It is your responsibility to read and familiarise yourself with all policies relevant to your job role. These are grouped into two sections, HR and Clinical and can be found on the Trust intranet site or via your line manager. You will also be required to comply with any training needs that arise from reviews or variations of policies and procedures.


    Safeguarding is part of everyday practice and all Trust employees are required to work in accordance with policies, procedures and professional codes to safeguard people who use our service, their children, families and carers from abuse. Where staff work with adults, staff must be aware of any children that live with, or have contact with, the person in their care. They have a duty to promote the childs welfare and ensure their needs have been taken into account as part of the overall assessment and engage with other agencies as appropriate. All staff should have the knowledge and skills to work in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of abuse, they must be alert to, and take appropriate action in relation to, safeguarding issues. Where staff are unsure what appropriate action to take, they must always escalate their concerns and speak to a senior member staff or the DPT Safeguarding Team.

    Person Specification



    • How to Apply
    • Applications should be submitted via email to:
    • Application is by CV and Supporting Statement and combined should be no more than six pages.
    • CVs should include your contact address and details, stating your preferred method of contact, highlighting and explaining any gaps in your employment history.
    • Supporting Statements should highlight your skills and experience and allow insights on your knowledge, skill and experience relevant to the role, and taking the opportunity to highlight your personal values and motivations for applying for the role. You should outline your personal responsibility and achievement within previous roles that demonstrates you have the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver this role, as outlined in the person specification.
    • In addition to your CV and Supporting Statement your application should include the following:
    • Details of two referees covering your last six years of employment.
    • A completed NHS Fit and Proper Persons self-attestation form which accompanies this pack (Please contact Finegreen and request documents) and enables you to confirm that you do not meet any of the criteria that would disqualify you from appointment.
    • A completed monitoring information form which accompanies this pack.
    • Personal Data
    • In line with GDPR, we ask that you do NOT send us any information that can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union mem
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