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Deputy Chief Nurse

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
We are searching for an ambitious, exceptional and highly motivated senior nurse to join the Office of the Chief Nurse as one of our Deputy Chief Nurses.

You will provide leadership and support across the Chief Nurse portfolio with a strong emphasis on delivery of quality. You will be expected to provide inspirational leadership to our nursing workforce and provide professional advice across the organisation. Alongside the Chief Nurse team you will be responsible for engaging nursing staff across the divisions in taking forward the nursing and midwifery and allied health professionals strategy, enabling high quality patient centred care across all our services. You will be an experienced senior nurse who has held previous leadership roles and have a proven record of leading a team in delivering high quality care for patients and leading quality improvement programmes. You will be a highly visible credible nurse leader, able to evidence how you have positively influenced nursing and patient care. You should possess excellent communication skills and be self-motivated with the ability to be flexible in your approach working within complex organisations and systems.

You will directly manage and provide leadership to corporate nursing services identified within the portfolio.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deputise for the Chief Nurse across the full range of the role, including executive level meetings and Board of Directors.

The post holder will provide professional nursing leadership and advice across the organisation, responsible for engaging nursing and midwifery staff across the divisions in taking forward the nursing strategy and the provision of high quality services.

The post holder will provide leadership and support across the Chief Nurse portfolio.

Undertakes the role of the on-call director within the on-call rota, including silver command.

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 of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support 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.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country - Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England - GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 2 June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 21 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



  • Professional registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Graduate level qualification.
  • Post graduate qualification - Masters Degree.



  • Demonstrable experience of leading and translating strategy into practice at a senior level in an acute hospital.
  • Demonstrable achievements in improving patient care, being forward thinking and innovative.
  • Experience of managing services, staff and budgets and resources.
  • Development of nurses and midwives as professionals in their practice.
  • Sound project management skills.
  • Experience of managing health service quality issues and problem solving within a complex environment.
  • Experience of performance management.
  • Experience in developing, leading and implementing policies across services and the Trust.


  • Experience in a similar role
  • Experience of undertaking research



  • Have a broad understanding of nursing and midwifery policy and its implications for the workforce and future health care delivery.
  • Ability to contribute to and influence the development of healthcare policy.
  • Have a good awareness of equality issues affecting a wide range of individuals and groups.
  • Understand workforce planning issues facing nursing and the wider Trust and health economy.
  • Have a sound knowledge of and commitment to implementing the recruitment and retention of highly skilled staff.
  • Knowledge of national monitoring requirements.
  • Detailed knowledge of NHS practices and procedures and experience of implementing new policies and providing evidence of compliance with core standards.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the NHS improvement and performance management agenda.


  • Experience of working with new technologies in health care.
  • Have an in-depth awareness of the quality and governance agenda, challenges for the Trust and ways of addressing these.
  • Have a clear awareness of the workforce development agenda.



  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and able to use these effectively across a wide range of people with different backgrounds and viewpoints
  • Able to use a wide range of contacts both inside and outside organisations and create the conditions for successful partnerships to gain support for and achieve the Trust's goals
  • Able to build professional and personal credibility to gain support, express ideas persuasively within a range of settings and environments
  • Able to express ideas clearly and succinctly in speech and writing
  • Able to grasp quality issues nationally and locally and achieve implementation of solutions to such issues.
  • Sound political judgment and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, diverse groups and self-awareness
  • IT skills
  • Ability to lead and contribute to team
  • Ability to manage and prioritise workload
  • Resilience
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement and flexibility in approach
  • Well developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams across the Trust.


  • Evidence of coaching/mentoring or leadership skills/qualification

Additional Requirements


  • Flexible working in a changing environment
  • Enthusiasm for the enhancement of patient care
  • Capable of critical and creative thinking with effective problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Able to participate in senior on-call rota.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of kind, safe and excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Corporate

Hills Road



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