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Head of Nursing and Quality- Cancer

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, plus 15% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a senior nurse with a strong cancer background for the Head of Nursing and Quality role who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary services to our patients.

The successful candidate will take specific responsibility for patient safety, quality and patient experience within the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

You will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) to promote learning and improvement within a just culture.

We look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in hearing more about the role and would like to join our friendly senior nursing team.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

The Head of Nursing and Quality will have an extensive cancer background and will be expected to demonstrate strong professional clinical leadership and provide specialist and strategic quality and clinical advice across the Cancer Division.

The post holder will be a key member of the Senior Management Team and will support the team to continually improve patient care and experience and to deliver National and Trust initiatives.

The Head of Nursing and Quality will provide forward-thinking clinical and professional leadership to nursing staff at all levels within the Division, ensuring that nursing resource is managed effectively.

Working within the trust's governance framework, the post holder will lead with credibility and authority and be revered for high standards of patient care to ensure quality and safety.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

ENHT is seeking to maintain and expand the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre staff as we move to an exciting new future.

We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Cancer Centre already delivers.

In addition, you will receive a High-Cost Area Supplement of 15% of your basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of �4,314 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further information relating to this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Master's level qualification /working towards or equivalent experience
  • Cancer nursing qualification
  • Leadership/management qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Mentoring/coaching qualification

Previous Experience


  • Extensive Senior Nursing/Matron experience within the cancer specialty
  • Experience of managing people
  • Experience of managing change and associated behaviours
  • Experience of developing policies and procedures
  • Evidence of outcomes from application of professional leadership
  • Evidence of clinical leadership regarding multiple clinical professions
  • Evidence of managing people and teams
  • Evidence of chairing and managing meetings
  • Experience in managing staff rosters


  • Experience of managing resources including financial resources
  • Proven record of leading change and innovation



  • Proven record of accomplishment of achieving objectives
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • Excellent clinical and clinical leadership skills
  • Ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences, verbally and in written reports
  • Ability to us IT, including Microsoft Office and Power Point
  • Able to work within a multi-professional team
  • Flexibility - adapts to ensure achievement of objectives within changing environment
  • Able to work collaboratively with partner organisations
  • Ability to present complex data to different audiences with different information needs
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to cut through barriers to change
  • Proven record of accomplishment of performance management



  • Knowledge of developments in Cancer and Palliative Care practice
  • Knowledge of DoH Policies and professional guidelines in Palliative care and Cancer Care
  • Knowledge and experience of change management
  • Knowledge and experience of clinical governance and risk management issues

Other Requirements


  • Ability to work under pressure and within set timescales
  • Ability to engage and motivate staff to deliver targets
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously
  • Adaptability
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Ability to withstand pressure of work, frequent interruptions, demanding conflicting priorities and to respond effectively to these
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information
  • Able to challenge clinical decisions in the best interests of patients
  • Able to participate in on-call rota and bleep holder duties

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Rickmansworth Road



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