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Senior Nurse Lead - Critical Care Services

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the Surgical Senior leadership team to support the Critical Care team as a Senior Nurse Lead. We are looking for a flexible, organised, motivated and positive individual who has a passion to lead, manage, support and improve performance, safety, care and patient experience within Critical Care Services.

Working as part of an established team and reporting directly to the Divisional Head of Nursing, this role will have responsibility for the Critical Care Unit, a 14 bedded facility, funded to accommodate 9 patients, serving a busy acute District General Hospital within Bury St Edmunds. The unit is innovative, promoting high quality evidence-based practice and actively develops individuals within the team. Proven experience of leading, managing and supporting teams is essential, as well as involvement in quality improvement, budget and resource management, strategic planning and change processes.

The successful applicant of this post will work closely with the Operational Manager and Clinical Lead for the service and will be influential in leading and managing the Critical Care team to ensure efficiency, safety and the provision of expert specialised care within the department, promoting the ethos of compassionate and supportive team working, whilst supporting team well-being and promoting a positive and safe working environment and culture.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Clinical Lead is to ensure a safe and well managed Critical Care team and environment, promoting a positive experience for patients, focussing on safe staffing, efficiency and best clinical practice. Applicants must have expert knowledge and experience of working within the Critical Care environment and proven experience of managing, motivating and leading individuals to promote effective management of the service, high levels of care provision and expert practice.

Applicants must be versatile, able to adapt to the needs of the service, be organised, have a calm demeanour and the ability to respond to change and lead with compassion and care within a pressurised and fast paced environment. This role will work closely with operational and clinical colleagues to create an environment which blends efficiency with safe working practices as guided and governed by national and local policy.

The Surgical Division has a supportive team structure and we are keen to support and develop individuals personally and professionally. We actively encourage and engage team members to speak up and promote a just culture of learning and improvement.

This is a full time position, however part time hours will be considered for the post.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • NMC Part 1 of the register
  • Degree or evidence of similar qualification
  • Recognised and validated Critical Care qualification
  • Evidence of continuing Professional Development


  • Diploma/Certificate in Leadership/Management
  • Evidence of current Post Registration education
  • Masters Degree

Experience and knowledge


  • Clinical experience at a Senior level - Band 7 or above
  • Evidence of management and leadership experience
  • Practice in a changing environment
  • Experience of Human Resource management and developing personnel
  • Evidence of conflict management
  • Knowledge and experience of budgetary, financial control
  • Knowledge of audit process and research based practice.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and risk management.
  • Understanding of wider Trust issues and national targets.
  • Understanding of Patient and Public Involvement.


  • Evidence of recent involvement in clinical update
  • Evidence of conflict management
  • Practice in a changing environment
  • Previous experience with financial probity and procurement of supplies.
  • Service Development

Skills and abilities


  • Leadership qualities
  • Professional role model
  • Able to establish good relationships with patients and the public, inspiring confidence.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and problem solving.
  • Proven organisational skills
  • Documented evidence of ability to influence and implement change
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Computer/IT literate
  • Diplomatic and approachable
  • Analytical skills and conceptual thinking


  • Project management experience
  • Presentation skills
  • Report writing

Personal qualities


  • Progressive and innovative approach to patient care
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Strategic thinking and ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to deal with pressured situations
  • Flexible approach to working hours and duties
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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