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WCCSS Group Director of Nursing

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
The Group Director of Nursing is a key senior leadership role within the organisation. There are three Care Groups that oversee all clinical services within University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, each of the Care Groups is led by a triumvirate team of leaders - the Group Director of Operations (managerially responsible), the Medical Director and the Group Director of Nursing.

The Women's, Children's, Cancer and Support Services Care Group incorporates six diverse Directorates with circa 3,000 staff and a �200m budget. The Care Group leadership team includes the Director of Midwifery, and a number of other senior heads of professions.

The Group Director of Nursing role has responsibility for quality and patient experience and takes a lead on ensuring our governance structures are working well. The post holder is not only responsible for nursing professionals but also leads for the AHP and clinical scientist workforce, and supports the Director of Midwifery.

This year we are planning the moves of some of our services including moving into the new BEACH building, as well as expanding our Patient First improvement model with our teams.

The successful applicant will join a team committed to the triumvirate partnership approach to leading our teams, and be able to influence quality outcomes, pathways and workforce development across a wide range of services within the Care Group.

Main duties of the job

The Group Director of Nursing is appointed to provide expert, experienced, proven nursing leadership within the Triumvirate. The post holder will report to the Group Director of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer and will provide strategic vision, clarity of purpose and oversee a clinically safe and cost-effective service within the Womens, Childrens, Cancer and Support Services Care Group.

For more information on the role, please get in touch,

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

This role is a senior leadership role and will be required to work across sites. Excess mileage allowance / reimbursement will not apply, and any travel between the postholder's home and work base will be classified as a commute. Any other changes unrelated to this, will be handled in line with Trust/National terms and conditions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The purpose of this role is to provide senior strategic nursing leadership in order to consistently develop and deliver a high quality, cost effective nursing service for patients, assuring the provision of safe, effective and evidence-based care within an agreed quality, performance and financial framework.

The post holder will support the Chief Nursing Officer leading the development of the nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals and healthcare scientist agendas within the Trust, working closely with the corporate Chief Nurse, Head of Midwifery and AHP/HCS team.

he post holder will provide senior professional leadership to all registered nurses and healthcare support workers within the Care Group and will develop the clinical leadership capability of nursing and the wider non-medical clinical workforce. Working alongside the Care Group Medical Director this will ensure high levels of clinical engagement with the purpose of delivering high quality patient care.

The individual will lead local projects to both promote and develop nursing at the Trust and will be responsible for aspects of clinical governance (in conjunction with the Care Group Medical Director, Care Group Director of Operations and general managers), patient quality and safety and improving the patient experience.

As a member of the Care Group Leadership Team, the post holder will ensure robust and effective nursing input into the development of strategy, policy and the business planning cycle, as well as the workforce leadership agenda for the Care Group. The Care Group Director of Nursing will have objectives jointly agreed by the Chief Nursing Officer and the Care Group Director of Operations and will work closely with the Directorate General Managers, Clinical Directors and matrons to jointly work to achieve the Care Group and Trusts vision and Objectives.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered nurse
  • Extensive experience working within the acute sector of the NHS
  • Masters level qualification


  • Senior Leadership Training programme



  • Ability to analyse complex problems and implement practical and workable solutions
  • Think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively
  • Ability to work with competing demands


  • Previous strategic experience

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High level of organisation and self-motivation

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Castle Lane East



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