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Head of Nursing

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the promotion of the existing postholder we are delighted to share this opportunity for a Head of Nursing post within Sheffield Health and Social Care. The post holder will join the Directorate Leadership Team with a portfolio that covers a range of inpatient and community services. If you enjoy the pace and variety of nursing within inpatient and community services then this is the post you have been looking for!

#TeamSHSC are on a continuous improvement journey, having demonstrated significant improvements over the past 3 years and driving innovation and new ways of working through a range of clinical transformation projects. We are looking for a motivated and passionate senior nurse who has ability to inspire, support and facilitate our clinical teams and drive high quality care..

We are keen to ensure our senior nurses represent the diverse communities we work across and therefore we actively encourage applicants from ethnically diverse groups. You will need to be a mental health or learning disability nurse with recent experience in a mental health and learning disability provider. You will be expected to act on behalf of the Nursing and Quality Directorate, advising on Quality and Professional Nursing leadership matters. Experience of writing and presenting papers at strategic level is desirable

Main duties of the job

The Head of Nursing is a core member of the Directorate Leadership Team and is responsible for all aspects of clinical nursing practice ensuring nurses: have the right skills, in the right place to provide the right care at the right time and are capable, confident & competent to deliver high quality service user centered care.The Head of Nursing is accountable and responsible for providing the professional leadership of the registered and non-registered nursing workforce across defined services.The Head of Nursing will have professional oversight of a nursing workforce of circa 600 Registered Nurses and will hold line management responsibility for approximately 10 senior nurses.You will need to be a mental health nurse with recent experience in a mental health and learning disability provider.

The directorate structure is under going review therefore there may be changes to the line management as part of this review, however professional supervision will be delivered through the nursing structure.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Hold overall responsibility for the standard of nursing care across all care pathways.
  • Ensure frontline clinical services have nurses with the right skills, in the right place, to provide the right care at the right time.
  • Ensure services meet the required regulatory Care Standards, as defined by the relevant legislation: CQC Mental Health Act Mental Capacity Act Safeguarding Adults & Children & Infection Prevention & Control.
  • Provide strategic and operational nursing input at a senior leadership level to ensure appropriate advice is provided to the clinical management teams so that effective, high quality, safe, recovery focused mental health services are delivered consistently across the services.
  • Provide professional leadership and direction to the matrons and nurse consultants in relation to evidence based mental health practice, and to represent the views of nurses locally and in Trust-wide forums.
  • Work with the Director of Nursing, Professions and Quality and other members of the senior clinical leadership team to ensure that all services have a clear clinical model of care delivery, that staff understand their roles and inputs in relation to this, and that a system of agreed quality metrics is used to demonstrate efficacy of care delivery
  • Work in close collaboration with Heads of Service, Clinical Directors, Heads of Profession, General Managers and external agencies, contributing to the planning and delivery of high quality mental health services locally.

Person Specification



  • Educated to master level in a healthcare related subject
  • Evidence of continuous professional and management development showing a combination of short courses, structured self-study or formal management courses

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to forge relationships and influence across organisations and beyond boundaries
  • Team player with a strong commitment to collaborative working
  • Engenders confidence and credibility through the ability to build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to deliver contentious information to groups and reconciles views
  • Open, honest and approachable in relationships with staff, peers and colleagues in partner organisations



  • Evidence of achievement of results across a broad range of outcomes whilst maintaining an operational, service user focus and personal integrity at all times
  • Experience of working in a senior nursing post in complex mental health or learning disability setting
  • Extensive knowledge of service issues and priorities facing Mental Health and/or Learning Disabilities services
  • Highly developed leadership skills
  • Experience of leading and facilitating change including service modernisation techniques

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust


Distington House

Atlas Way


S4 7QQ

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