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Head of Nursing, Urgent and Emergency Care

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity due to the retirement of the existing post holder, for the Head of Nursing post in urgent and Emergency care directorate, based at Worthing Hospital. This encompasses the Emergency Department, Emergency floor (acute assessment area), Urgent treatment centre and SDEC facilities.

As the HoN your primary role is to work alongside the General Manager and Clinical Director, as part of the directorate triumvirate to ensure high quality services to all patients and visitors accessing the service. ensuring Service developments in line with Trust and National priorities and targets for UEC. Key role to support the nursing teams to maintain the care and experience for the patients, and promote health and well being within the nursing and clinical teams. The HoN also deputises for the Divisional director of nursing in their absence.

Successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills, with ability to work autonomously in order to be able to support and motivate the nursing team to maintain high standards of nursing care, within this area of intense and relentless operational pressure and pace.

Interview date - planning for 26th or 29th April 2024

Main duties of the job

The Head of Nursing will be an integral member of the Divisional management team supporting the Division in the delivery of key performance targets and the Clinical strategy. The post holder will provide proactive senior nursing leadership and management for a defined directorate(s) within the Division.

As an experienced senior nurse, the post holder will be expected to focus on providing a clean, safe environment for patients in line with the highest clinical care and infection control standards ensuring patients receive optimum care whilst being treated with dignity and respect.

The post holder will be responsible for implementing and monitoring quality governance arrangements that are in place within the Division. In conjunction with and on behalf of the Head of Nursing, the post holder will address CQC standards, risk management, review critical incidents, identify and review key clinical and service indicators/audit outcomes and implement information governance requirements.

The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the nursing budget(s) associated with their area(s) of responsibility.

They will be responsible for the performance and delivery of safe, high quality nursing services within the designated area of responsibility and providing cross cover to other areas as required.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Be responsible for the performance management and professional standards of Matrons, Ward/Department Managers and Nurse Specialists to ensure delivery of healthcare performance standards and Trust objectives within their designated area of responsibility
  • Take the lead for safety and quality for all nursing services provided within their designated area of responsibility, undertaking investigations and producing reports where required.
  • Act as a positive role model through the provision of effective senior professional nurse leadership and demonstration of competent, accountable, high quality clinical practice.
  • Provide day-to-day visible (in uniform), accessible and authoritative leadership in clinical areas.
  • Be responsible for the standards of ward based and outpatient-based care delivered within their area(s) to ensure the delivery of patient care is always of the highest possible standard and for improving patient experience.
  • Actively support the Division in the provision and ongoing development of high quality, modern, dynamic, and patient centred services.
  • Provide support to patients, and their relatives/carers.
  • Be responsible for optimising patient flow to ensure patients are in the right bed at the right time to receive the right care.
  • Work in liaison with other Directorates and Divisions and the wider local health community and local service providers to ensure care pathways are optimised, supporting resolution of any issues where they are identified.
  • To work closely with other Directorates and Divisions to ensure that related clinical pathways work in tandem with those in these areas and are as efficient as possible in all respects of the care delivered to patients.
  • To ensure that the services within the Division work together seamlessly providing safe high-quality care to patients.
  • Provide support in relation to workforce development, training, recruitment and performance management of the nursing teams within the Division.

Person Specification

Experience / Qualifications


  • Masters degree in nursing or equivalent experience
  • Leadership programme or evidence of leadership skills at Senior Nurse 8a+ level
  • Registered Nurse Level 1 - experience at Senior Nurse 8a level


  • Project management or experience
  • Experience as senior nurse in acute hospital setting, acute or emergency medicine



  • Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written
  • Experience of problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Evidence of excellent managerial, leadership and organisational skills, with ability to motivate multidisciplinary team
  • Up to date and evidenced based knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Clinically credible and competent

People Management and Development


  • Evidence of understanding of HR policies and procedures and management of staff issues such as sickness, conduct and performance
  • Able to plan, manage, monitor resources (including staff/skill mix & financial/budgetary management

Freedom to act


  • Responsible for own professional actions and have sufficient autonomy for delivery of the role
  • Abiity to liaise with and co-ordinate the management and Multidisciplinary team on day to day basis and to take appropriate action as necessary.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)



Lyndhurst road


BN11 2DH

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