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Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for Children

East and North Herts NHS Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 Per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for Children who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

Reporting to the Divisional Director for Women and Children's Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for Children and Young people will work as part of a quadrant within Women and Children's services that includes a Divisional Medical Director, Divisional Director of Operations, and the Director of Midwifery. The Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for Children and Young people will provide senior strategic visible clinical and professional leadership, for nursing and allied health professions working within Paediatrics and neonatology.

Providing specialist expertise and taking specific responsibility for patient safety, quality and experience, the post holder will promote quality, innovation, productivity, and performance that improves quality of care and patient outcomes, driving transformation through agreed improvement models.

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 Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for Children will provide highly visible and inspiring nursing leadership to all nurses and support roles. Championing a professional and open culture which empowers staff to deliver quality care with compassion acting as a role model for the behaviours and high professional standards which are expected.

Be accountable for the creation of an environment in which efficient delivery of safe patient care is in line with the fundamental and evidenced based standards to ensure a framework of safe practices exists.

Be responsible in actively participating, contributing, and implementing the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Strategy and the Quality Strategy across the Division.

Actively participate in the Clinical Excellence pathway, ensuring that all clinical areas progress through the local accreditation framework to achieve excellence within their sphere of responsibility. Develop and enable leadership through a shared governance pathway.

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

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

Person Specification



  • Registered Children's Nurse on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (RSCN/RN Child)
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent
  • Evidence of up to date personal and professional development and post graduate education or equivalent applicable to the post

Previous Experience


  • Experience of working across professional boundaries, able to enthuse and inspire others using advanced communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of holding senior clinicians to account for standards of care
  • In depth knowledge and experience of the governance and patient safety framework and experience of leading/managing regulatory inspections
  • Wide ranging experience in a senior post and evidence of clinical leadership including leading Trust wide services
  • Through knowledge of the structure, functions, culture and values of the National Health Service and its inter-relationship with other agencies


  • Ability to demonstrate effective working partnerships with other statutory and non- statutory organisations



  • Be able to articulate the evolving strategy and vision for the future of nursing and be able to demonstrate the opportunities this will provide
  • Ability to analyse complex clinical issues/problems, identify necessary action and make recommendations and complete any actions
  • Ability to provide a clear vision for change in a manner that inspires and motivates others. Skilled in all aspects of managing change, including supporting staff
  • Detailed knowledge of current nursing and AHP issues, policies and procedures
  • Evidence of working across Health and Social care boundaries to successfully achieve service change
  • Good understanding of the regulatory frameworks for the NHS Trusts including the roles of the Care Quality Commission, Monitor and NHS Improvement
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues relating to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults within 17 a range of setting and knowledge of policy
  • Demonstrable track record of advancement and development of clinical interests and services, including delivery of performance targets
  • Highly effective leadership skills
  • Environmental and political awareness
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • High analytical and numeracy skills
  • Strong financial management skills

Presonal Qualities


  • Open and honest with a high degree of personal integrity
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver in agreed timescales
  • Confident to deputise for Chief Nurse
  • Unwavering commitment to improving the quality of services for service users
  • Inspires others and leads by example. Able to make rational decisions in the face of adversity
  • Capacity to work with managers and others to develop a shared vision of services for patients and standards in delivery of services
  • Willingness to accept that the wider interests of the Trust and/or the health community may require compromise
  • Commitment to implement and strengthening of clinical governance
  • Personal credibility, with the ability to quickly gain the confidence of others including clinicians, managers staff, patients, relatives and users of services

Other Requirements


  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities. Understands the impact on equality, diversity and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role model our Trust values every day
  • Ability to make decisions and manage emergency situations
  • A team player and able to work collaboratively
  • Committed to improving patient care
  • Excellent leadership and motivational qualities
  • Ability to inspire confidence in a multi-disciplinary/agency environment.
  • Able to manage a fluctuating workload in a dynamic environment.
  • Effective communicator able to engage, influence and lead across boundaries and specialties
  • Visionary, with the ability to outline how service improvements and service transformation can improve the care provided to p
  • Ability to engage target audience and clearly and succinctly present high complex information

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill Lane



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