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Band 8c Head of Nursing - Royal Free Hospital

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£78,163 to £88,884 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
Following the reorganisation of the Royal Free Hospital business unit divisional structure four new and exciting head of nursing roles are available for internal staff to aply for.

Working as part of the divisional triumvirate alongside the divisional clinical director and senior operations manager for two divisions this role will lead nursing strategy and the delivery of high quality patient care.

This role covers:

Acute medicine, ED and elderly care AND Medical specialties divisions

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the divisional leadership triumvarate team alongside the divisional clinical director and senior operations managers in two divisions.

The Head of Nursing will provide effective, visible clinical and professional leadership for nursing staff in the two divisions for which they are responsible. The post-holder will be responsible for leading nursing teams of cross-site/locality services and will therefore be expected to be work across sites.

To ensure the delivery of the trust's health and care strategy for high quality patient centered care in accordance with world class care values, excellence in education and world class research.

To ensure the delivery to the quality, safety, operational and financial objectives of the two divsions

To be responsible for assuring professional standards and practice in all aspects of nursing and midwifery practice are achieved within the two divisions, including adhering to statutory regulations to deliver excellent patient care.

To line manage Senior Matron, Matron, Lead and Specialist nurses in the division.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6 million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17 million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivaled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1. To monitor standards of nursing practice by working regularly in the clinical areas alongside staff providing patient care, ensuring care is provided to a high standard, responding effectively to any failing and monitoring corrective action with ward sister and matrons.

1.2. To develop, and where necessary, secure appropriate approval for the implementation of policies, strategies and plans in order to ensure that the divisions contributes to the Trust strategy.

1.3. To function as an effective role model, demonstrating the application of breadth and depth of nursing knowledge and skills and delivering best practice nursing. Work closely with the deputy directors of nursing and director of nursing to:

1.4. Develop a culture within the division in which all members of staff are delivering high quality, patient-centred clinical services in line with Trust Objectives and world class values.

1.5. Ensure the development and divisional acceptance of, challenging realistic objectives, and through leadership, motivation and performance management, achieve the required results.

For further details, please see attached JD & PS

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Registered trained nurse
  • MSc and/ or equivalent clinical experience that recognises highly developed and complex levels of knowledge
  • Evidence of leadership/management development
  • Evidence of continuing personal development



  • Significant acute operational nursing experience in a complex healthcare organisation
  • Evidence of nursing leadership role in an acute setting
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop practical and workable solutions to address them
  • Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines and within resources
  • Experience in the supervision and management of staff and students
  • Experience in complex employment related issues.
  • Experience of using acuity tools and triangulation of data to review and ensure safe skill mix
  • Evidence of leading and managing change within a complex environment
  • Experience of representing a service within a Trust setting
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Managing a cross site, complex function


  • Manager on -call
  • Experience of managing other staff groups
  • Experience of SLAs and contractual working

Skills and aptitudes


  • Ability to self -evaluate and self - reflect
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills suitable for a range of audiences, including chairing of meetings.
  • Ability to initiate and implement change
  • Good analytical and organisational ability
  • Ability to demonstrate and model strong leadership skills
  • Awareness of developments in the NHS and service delivery
  • Ability to influence and facilitate MDT working
  • Able to communicate with patients and families in an empathetic manner regarding their treatment and procedures
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Experience of implementing Evidence Based Practice

Personal Qualities & attributes


  • Ability to lead by example, promoting the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, integrity and probity
  • High level of work organisation, self -motivation, drive for performance and improvement and flexibility in approach and attitude
  • Committed to the continuous development of staff and self
  • To be flexible
  • Decisive, using sound judgement in decision making in a timely and confident manner

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free Hospital

Pond Street



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