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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
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated, compassionate and experienced Nurse leader who is looking to explore their potential at a higher grade?

Within Division A we have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Nurse to become our Deputy Head of Nursing.

We are looking for someone who is a natural role model, who consistently demonstrates the Trust values with a passion for supporting and developing others while providing leadership at the senior level this post requires.

This role will report directly to the Divisional Head of Nursing and have an individualised portfolio of clinical areas and staff, deputising for the Divisional Head of Nursing, whilst leading on delegated projects within the division and assisting with shaping the Divisional nursing direction and strategy.

You will be responsible for assisting the Divisional Head of Nursing with the development and delivery of clinical services and professional standards and the development of nursing leadership within the Division

You will be a visible Nurse leader with a talent for inspiring and motivating teams, collaborating with others and forging strong professional networks.

Main duties of the job

You will 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 3 June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 20 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, overseeing a number of clinical areas/services and demonstrating a depth and breadth of nursing knowledge
  • Able to demonstrate collaborative working across professions and services
  • Broad clinical experience in an acute hospital 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



  • 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 communication 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


  • Willingness to work anywhere in the Trust and to travel, on occasions, within the region and nationally
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • 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 A

Hills Road



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