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Deputy Head of Nursing

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Nurse to join Division D as Deputy Divisional Head of Nursing!

We are seeking a highly motivated, compassionate, innovative and proactive Nurse Leader with significant experience at a senior level of managing services and teams

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional leader who is ready for a new and exciting leadership opportunity and one with a proven track record of leading nursing teams to deliver safe, kind, and excellent care within the hospital setting

This role requires compassionate leadership qualities to ensure effective working across multiple teams, an unrelenting focus on patient safety and continuous quality improvement, and a leader who supports and cares about our staff

You will be expected to demonstrate a highly visible, authoritative and democratic leadership style, which is underpinned by the values of the Trust. You will possess the drive and passion to make things happen demonstrate leadership and is respected by clinical and non-clinical staff

You, alongside the current deputy divisional head of Nursing, will provide senior leadership support across the division

You will be fully supported in this role by both divisional and corporate nursing colleagues

Main duties of the job

Provide professional and managerial leadership for designated nursing teams and specialist nurses, providing a highly visible and authoritative presence ensuring the provision of high quality, responsive services with the needs of the patient at the centre of care delivery

Work in partnership with the Divisional Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective and efficient management of delegated projects to meet agreed targets within the resources available

Work in partnership with the Divisional Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective divisional quality governance systems and processes

Maintain a visible presence where patients, staff and visitors can turn for assistance and upon whom they can rely to ensure that the fundamental and specialist aspects of care are met

Lead on delegated projects to promote and develop nursing and nursing practice within the Division

Deputise for and assist the Divisional Head of Nursing to provide professional leadership to all nurses within the division, monitor standards and ensure delivery of the N& M strategy

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 ofTogether - Safe, Kind, Excellentsupport 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.

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Closing date is midnight on 26th May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on the 10th June 2024

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



  • Current and relevant registration on NMC Register
  • First degree
  • Master's degree (or working towards)
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development
  • Leadership development course


  • Training in systems approach to investigation of patient safety incidents
  • Training in quality improvement methodology
  • Trained as After Action Review Conductor/Facilitator



  • Evidence of substantial experience as a Matron/Senior Clinical Nurse, Lead Nurse overseeing a number of clinical areas/services and demonstrating a depth and breadth of nursing knowledge
  • Strive to support contributions of others and to share leadership, nurturing capability and continuing development on oneself and other in areas of practice
  • Able to demonstrate collaborative working across professions and services
  • Broad clinical experience in an acute hospital, OPD, Nurse Specialist, Nurse Led setting
  • Experience of effectively leading or supporting service transformational change
  • Experience of leading/supporting clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Experience of delivering education and developing and implementing evidence based practice
  • Experience of patient safety investigations using systems approach methodology
  • Experience of managing a clinical team including significant experience of staff management, including the setting of objectives, team and individual appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary issues
  • Budget management experience, including reducing costs, monitoring and determining corrective action


  • After Action Review participation/ facilitation
  • Lead Investigator for Serious Incident investigation
  • Business case development writing
  • Analysis of highly complex data and development of reports including usage statistics, adoption metrics, Nursing KPI audits and financial to support Divisional strategic plan and improvement of Nursing Practice



  • Knowledge of current developments in nursing & political awareness of current NHS issues
  • In-depth knowledge of quality governance principles, systems, and processes
  • In-depth knowledge of workforce planning principles, Trust workforce policies and recruitment and retention strategy
  • Able to articulate the evolving vision for the future of nursing and to demonstrate opportunities this can bring to teams



  • Well developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams across the trust
  • Highly developed communications skills, including liaison/negotiation skills and writing/presentation skills
  • Able to demonstrate sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, diverse interest groups and common sense in knowing 'when to brief up the line'
  • Able to advise and influence senior managers in relation to governance concerns
  • Developing and implementing policies, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion
  • Computer literacy including competent in Word and excel
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines and work independently

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of together safe, kind and excellent. This behaviour is outlined on the final page of this person specification.
  • Willingness to work anywhere in the Trust and to travel, on occasions, within the region and nationally
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • The following hazards are associated with this job role: Contact with patients in a clinical environment, direct contact with patients, manual handling, shift work or night shifts

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital - Division D

Hills Road



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