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Deputy Divisional Director of Nursing for Surgery

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Divisional Directors of Nursing for both the Divisions of Surgery and Medicine are offering the opportunity for two exceptional candidates to join the RUH as Deputy Divisional Directors of Nursing.

The role of the Deputies will be to provide clinical and professional support to the divisional Matrons and other senior staff across the division lead strategic programmes across the organisation to deliver the Trust's nursing agenda continually drive forward learning and improvement and identify and deal with operational issues as they arise and proactively identify areas for further development and planning.

We are looking for ambitious, knowledgeable, and compassionate senior nurses to provide clinical and managerial leadership. You will act as a role model who inspires, motivates, and empowers staff. Your inclusive leadership style will influence keys responsibilities within the divisional portfolios of nursing workforce and education, patient and staff experience and patient pathways, as well as clinical governance and people with vulnerabilities.

We are looking for applicants who aspire to be a Divisional Nurse Director. Therefore, we are able to offer excellent development opportunities such as an apprenticeship Masters in Business Administration (MBA) to support you in taking your career even further as well as receive coaching, mentorship, and support toward a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship.

'We are committed to increasing the diversity of our leaders. We would therefore particularly encourage candidates from the global majority to apply'.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing clinical and professional support to the divisional matrons, band 7 ward and departmental team leaders and clinical practitioners across the division to ensure effective management and drive change
  • Acting as a strong patient advocate ensuring that a culture of continuous improvement and learning is supported in order to drive quality care delivery across the division
  • Identifying and dealing with issues of poor performance
  • Providing guidance, support and leadership to all nursing staff and facilitating the development of nursing practice to ensure excellent nursing and patient care
  • Exploring current practice through regular audit and training, identifying areas for development and planning
  • Assisting the Divisional Director of Nursing in the implementation of the corporate nursing agenda taking a specific strategic lead where requested on allocated corporate roles
  • Working with the Chief Nurse and other members of the executive team, divisional directors, speciality managers, matrons, senior sisters/charge nurses and other staff to coordinate the management of patient pathways within and across new and existing services to ensure a safe patient management and flow of services
  • In conjunction with the matrons and senior sisters/charge nurses, coordinate the day-to-day nursing activities and ensure adequate skill mix and staff cover for clinical areas.

About us

At the RUH we put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centred care we pride ourselves on.

We are proud to be in the top 20 best hospitals to work for in the country.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff wellbeing, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more about living and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about our extensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future with the landmark Dyson Cancer Centre and our passion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Evidence of relevant experience in a senior management role
  • Master's degree in Nursing or health related field or evidence of working at this level.

Specific Skills


  • Good business planning skills - able to plan patient pathways and operational flow
  • oGood understanding of financial and budget management

Physical Skills and Effort Emotional Effort


  • Resilient and able to cope with an unpredictable work pattern, working under pressure and timescales
  • Continuously required to challenge and lead practice including ability to justify actions, to be scrutinised and to scrutinise others

Employer details

Employer name

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust


Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust

Combe Park



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