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Deputy Director of Nursing Therapies and Quality

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year p.a.
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an exceptional, quality driven and committed individual to join our Directorate ofNursing, Therapies & Quality as the Deputy Director of Nursing Therapies and Quality.

This is an exciting time to join Dorset HealthCare as we develop our federated model with our acute partner trust Dorset County Hospital, including a joint strategy being published soon and shared executive leadership arrangements.

As the, you will work alongside the Director of Nursing Therapies & Quality (Community & Mental Health) in providing senior professional leadership, to consistently develop and deliver a high-quality, service for our patients.

We are seeking a strategic thinker who has passion and experience working in a community and mental health trust with the ability to deliver objectives and outcomes. As a senior leader you will act as a strong role model for all colleagues by demonstrating credibility, visibility, commitment to improving practice, celebrating success, and encouraging creativity, innovation and excellence.

We are especially interested to hear from applicants who have held senior nursing leadership roles delivering high quality, patient-centred care.

An assessment day will be on 09/07/2024.

For an informal discussion or any questions please contact Michelle McKirdy Executive Assistant to Cara Southgate Director of Nursing, Therapies and Quality.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality (Community & Mental Health) will assist the Director of Nursing Therapies & Quality (Community & Mental Health) by deputising where required, providing leadership for quality governance for the Trust, including CQC readiness.

The post holder will participate in the development and delivery of corporate objectives and clinical risk management ensuring the highest possible quality of safe, effective, person-centred care is delivered across divisions.

You will have responsibility for the delivery and sustainability of effective systems of quality governance and good quality patient care and will assist the Director of Nursing Therapies & Quality (Community & Mental Health) in matters of quality, safety, risk, patient experience, public involvement, and clinical effectiveness across Dorset Healthcare. The individual will be responsible for all aspects of quality governance, in conjunction with the directorate triumvirate teams.

The post holder will represent the Director of Nursing Therapies and Quality (Community & Mental Health) as required and will support the Director in delivery across the entire portfolio.

The post holder will also provide strategic leadership on specific projects or initiatives as agreed with the Director of Nursing Therapies & Quality (Community & Mental Health) or the Joint Chief Nursing Officer.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do

Applications from candidates that require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are unfortunately ineligible to apply for this position.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Professional qualification and professional registration
  • Degree in Nursing or health/professional related subject
  • Master's Degree or equivalent level of experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional and personal development
  • Evidence of recent and ongoing CPD development, and able to demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in field, equivalent to a doctorate plus further specialist training.


  • Specialist knowledge of quality improvement

Previous Experience


  • Extensive post-registration experience of which a substantial amount must be in service management
  • Extensive experience of working in a mental health trust.
  • Significant understanding and experience of managing a complex service: including evidence of solving a range of complex operational and strategic problems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of leading quality improvements, driving up standards and delivering efficiencies
  • Proven track record in a complex NHS organisation at a senior level including a community and mental health trust with influencing and negotiation skills and experience of working in a matrix environment.
  • A track record of success in delivering against national and local targets.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Track record of delivering against a clear strategy or set objectives and achieving key organisational targets, demonstrating continuous improvement and taking remedial action to address unwarranted variation,
  • Highly developed communication skills (written and verbal) excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate information to senior managers, staff and external agencies
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to triangulate complex information
  • Ability to act on own initiative with evidence of high level of autonomous decision making
  • Highly developed clinical leadership and facilitation skills with political awareness

Finance Management


  • Experience in the planning, monitoring and review of financial resources.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


sentinel house

Nuffield Industrial Estate


BH17 0RB

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