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Director of Nursing, AHPs & Quality- Babies, Children and Young People

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality - Babies, Children and Young People

This is an exciting new post and offers the opportunity for an individual with demonstrable leadership and a vision for children's services. Someone who is passionate about the health, development, and opportunities for all children, who wants to work in partnership to improve health inequalities and outcomes for the children and families living in East Kent.

The role will provide professional and strategic leadership for babies, children and young people wherever they are cared for across the Trust. They will be responsible for initiating and influencing the creation of new models of care and ensuring national standards are met in the delivery of high-quality services that support the care of children and young people.

Main duties of the job

They will offer dynamic and responsive leadership with a flexible and adaptable approach to support the local and system demands.

They will provide clinical leadership to Nurses and Allied Health Professionals and line management as required within children's services, motivating, and developing individuals to ensure they are able to deliver all aspects of their role.

The overall purpose of this role is to advocate for babies, children & young people, driving improvements to impact patient experience, improving health inequality while delivering high-quality cost-effective care.

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with fivehospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 800,000 people. Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'. We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK you must declare this on your application form, even if you currently have a certificate of sponsorship or a work permit for another role and are already working in the country. Please note we are only able to sponsor candidates on a Skilled Worker Visa applying for roles Band 5 and above.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in Documents to download.

If you have further queries please dont hesitate to contact the line manager using the contact details below.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Evidence of having studied at Master's Degree level or have a Master's Degree in a relevant subject
  • A registered children's or neonatal nurse
  • Evidence of research publications (separate Professorial criteria apply)


  • Management qualification

Skills and experience


  • Clinically credible with nursing, medical and AHP staff and feel comfortable being on the front line working within your scope of practice
  • Track record of effective leadership skills with the ability to drive and motivate teams of people at all levels in a pressured environment
  • Advanced negotiating and influencing skills to engage effectively with and motivate a range of stakeholders and staff in a matrix environment, working effectively across multiple boundarie
  • Track record in managing transformational organisational change including engaging staff at all levels to become involved
  • Developing, implementing and managing quality and other statutory and non-statutory performance metrics
  • Act as a role model, catalyst for change, standard setter, coach and motivator with a clear vision and ability to challenge the status quo
  • Political astuteness and understanding of the health and care economy and sensitivities therein
  • Ability to hold direct and non-direct reports to account
  • Demonstrable ability to plan over short, medium and long term and adjust plans and resource requirements accordingly
  • Ability to analyse highly complex issues and data from multiple sources
  • Make clear, rational, autonomous decisions exercising independent judgement in a professional and competent manner, including where there is incomplete information, using


  • Knowledge of commissioning frameworks

Personal/professional attributes


  • Ability to manage multiple demands of a senior role
  • Resilience and ability to contain and work with organisational stress and to hold the stress of others
  • High level of openness, honesty and integrity informed by values aligned to those of the Trust
  • Highly professional role model
  • Dynamic personality with credibility to build trusted organisational and wider stakeholder relationships
  • Highly developed interpersonal and facilitation skills with ability to gain and maintain credibility with a wide range of stakeholders and influence and negotiate successful outcomes
  • Ability to produce and deliver concise, insightful communications and reports/presentations, including contentious information to senior stakeholders and a broad range of stakeholders as required

Other requirements


  • Sufficient physical and mental ability to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations
  • Able to travel between EKHUFT sites across East Kent & the STPN

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust





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