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Deputy Chief Nurse - Quality and Policy

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Trust Wide
£99,891 to £114,949 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
ESHT are seeking a Deputy Chief Nurse(Quality and Policy) who has a passion for excellence and want to make a difference in a challenging and complex environment.

We are seeking an inspirational forward thinking and innovative individual with the credibility, foresight and ambition required for the role. You will build on the strong foundations created by the current Chief Nurse in partnership with the senior nurses. You will be determined, compassionate, action orientated, have a talent for inspiring and motivating teams, with a track-record of delivery together with experience of partnership working with external agencies. We want nurse leaders with a commitment to continuous quality and cost improvement with the ability to inspire staff to deliver and improve the care we offer our patients, ensuring best practice and value for money.

The Deputy Chief Nurse is one of two Deputy Chief Nurse roles who support the Chief Nurse at a strategic and operational level. The roles will work in partnership and be able to cover each other's portfolios. The portfolios are Quality & Policy and Workforce & Professional Standards. The vacant position is to cover the Quality & Policy portfolio based at Conquest Hospital, Hastings.

You will be a confident credible, effective, visible nursing leader who is driven by challenges and demonstrate personal resilience working in a fast moving and changing care environment.

Main duties of the job

You will provide visible professional nursing, and AHP clinical leadership at the Trust and provide professional guidance to achieving the implementation of the Trusts vision and key priorities.

You will have a demonstrable experience of translating strategy into practice at a senior level in a large NHS provider organisation a track record of partnership working with NHS England and others a sound working knowledge of service provision with an understanding of integrated community services experience of quality and safety, workforce, financial and change management, lead by example, motivating and empowering teams to ensure consistently high standards of care and experience are delivered.

We are looking for authentic and tenacious senior nursing leaders, with the enthusiasm and drive to support delivery of the ambitious Trust priorities and transformation programmes within the Chief Nurse portfolio with a backdrop of financial and operational challenges.

You will work closely with the Director of Midwifery and the Head of AHPs as well as other senior leaders and executive Directors.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides safe, compassionate and high quality hospital and community care to the half a million people living in East Sussex and those who visit our local area.We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex with an annual income of �568 million and we are the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex.Our extensive health services are provided by over 8,000 dedicated members of staff working from two acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites across East Sussex, and in people's own homes.In 2020 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being Caring and Effective. The Conquest Hospital in Hastings and our Community Services were rated 'Outstanding' and Eastbourne DGH was rated 'Good' Our two acute hospitals have Emergency Departments and provide 24 hour a day care, offering a comprehensive range of surgical, medical, outpatient and maternity services, supported by a full range of diagnostic and therapy services.In the summer of 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' (BFF) programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to redevelop and expand our hospitals at Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be shortlisted, applicants will need to detail in the supporting information about how they demonstrate the essential requirements of experience and skills section of the person specification.

Face to Face Interviews are planned for Friday 14th June 2024

For an informal conversation in the first instance please contact Claire Bishop Deputy Chief Nurse (Workforce & Professional Standards) or mobile no. 07867780504

Person Specification



  • Registered and practising nurse with current live NMC registration.
  • Masters' Degree in relevant subject
  • Post graduate management qualification.
  • Recognised leadership course
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development to doctorate equivalent level.


  • Knowledge of quality improvement and project management methodology e.g. PRINCE2



  • Senior Nursing Experience of managing an operational team, targets and budgets.
  • Experience of implementing and leading significant change projects at corporate level in a multi-site organisation.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of working with patients/service users to improve their experience.
  • Experience in implementing safety/quality initiatives and service improvement projects.
  • Experience in setting objectives and performance management and holding staff to account.
  • Experience of effective workforce planning, and can demonstrate an understanding of establishment and acuity and dependency tools.
  • Experience in providing advice on complex professional issues to the executive/non- executive team and all other levels of the organisation, external agencies and stakeholders e.g. NHSE, ICS etc.
  • Experience of producing high quality reports in a timely manner for consideration at senior level internally and externally.
  • Experience in the production and implementation of Trust wide policies that have taken into account national and local policy
  • Experience of producing and presenting papers for and at Trust Board and other external groups or committees.
  • Experience of offering senior Trust guidance on an on-call basis.
  • Experience of carrying out complex internal investigations and production of action plans
  • Experience of effective complaints management, with analysis and implementation of change.


  • Experience of implementing and leading significant change projects at corporate level in a multi-site organisation.
  • A sound understanding of working in an integrated trust providing community and acute services

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities


  • Advanced knowledge of nursing and midwifery policy and practice and NMC standards and requirements.
  • Detailed knowledge of safeguarding legislation and current agendas/drivers
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of government health and reform agenda with an ability to translate into local Trust policy.
  • Knowledge of current drivers for nursing practice, patient experience and Trust strategy.
  • Knowledge of how to effectively lead and motivate people particularly in relation to change and improving the patient experience.
  • Knowledge of current DH, NHS Improvement and ICS reporting requirements relevant to quality and the nursing agenda.
  • Detailed knowledge of the CQC role and process at all levels of the organisation.
  • Knowledge of the role of regulatory bodies impacting on role e.g. NHSI/E, NMC.
  • Detailed knowledge of the governance process.
  • Develop professional credibility with staff - in particular senior clinical and managerial staff in allocated directorates.
  • Ability to develop and write clear and concise policy, guidance, board and other reports.
  • Mediation and facilitation skills
  • High-level problem-solving, negotiation, interpersonal, administrative, analytical, advocacy, training and counselling skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to influence, guide, persuade and negotiate at an organisational and externally with a range of stakeholders
  • An innovative and creative approach and ability to inspire and ability to enthuse others.
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Champion for excellent patient care and quality.
  • Ability to deliver on the most challenging of issues.
  • Ability to develop strategic priorities and to organise staff and resources to achieve high quality patient care and delivery of health care targets.
  • Advanced planning and organisational skills - able to lead/organise multiple projects ensuring timely delivery of goals and milestones
  • Excellent leadership, Influencing and motivational skills to deliver corporate objectives.
  • Financial management, business and service planning skills.
  • Ability to use relevant software packages utilising standard keyboard skills.
  • Self-motivated and results and outcome driven.
  • Ability to make decisions and manage emergency situations.
  • A team player and able to work collaboratively as well as being a self-starter and leader.
  • Committed to improving patient care and raising clinical and professional standards.

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Conquest Hospital base although Trust wide position

Trust Wide

TN37 7RD

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