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Deputy Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
We are looking for a Deputy Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Experience to join our team on a fixed term/secondment basis for 6 months.

This role would suit an aspiring nurse leader and is a fantastic development opportunity.

This is a pivotal role in ensuring the highest standards of nursing practice across the Mental Health Care Division. You will be working with the Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Experience in the delivery of the highest standard/quality of care for users of our service. Your leadership will be central to fostering a culture of continuous improvement and providing motivational guidance to our clinical teams.

This is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on nursing practice and service user care within our organisation. If you're a registered nurse with extensive leadership experience and a passion for driving positive change, we encourage you to apply. If you wish to apply for this role on a secondment basis, it is essential that you have the approval of your line manager prior to submitting your application.

Main duties of the job

This role includes:
  • To lead and support the development of processes to monitor effectiveness and quality of care delivered within the Division.
  • To provide professional leadership and direction to the nursing workforce in the Division and be at the forefront of multi-disciplinary practice within services.
  • Take a significant role and on the development of strategic workforce plans for all professional groups across the Division and ensure they contribute to new and emerging service models in the Division as directed by Associate Director of Nursing
  • To empower the service user and carer voice within service delivery and developments.
  • To monitor standards of service user care, engagement and participation across all settings and, taking improvement and corrective action as required.
  • To lead and develop the service user and carer involvement and engagement strategy and Equality & Diversity Agendas within the Division.
  • Support any CQC surveys and lead on any ensuing action plans arising from surveys.
  • Support the Associate Director of Nursing with the governance systems and processes ensuring effective governance nursing management with the Division and develop a quality assurance framework.

About us

At Mersey Care we strive to continually build on our values and beliefs that will allow all our workforce to develop their potential and bring their whole self into the organisation. In order to strengthen our inclusivity and diversity, we recognise the need to ensure we become more representative of the communities we serve.

This is recognised in the NHS England EDI Workforce Improvement Plan 2023 and NHS Workplace Race Equality Standard that in senior NHS Leadership positions, there is an underrepresentation of Black and Asian Minority colleagues (BME).

As an organisation we are committed to our Perfect Care Goal on Anti-racism and so are employing positive action where we know there is underrepresentation and for this position therefore, we encourage applications from people who are from BME communities.

The Equality Act (2010) permits Mersey Care as a defined public authority, to take steps to address inequity and underrepresentation as positive action, and this includes our approach for this position.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure the key objectives of the learning and development contract are delivered and implemented and ensure the appropriate programmes of learning and development for senior nurses, matrons, ward and community based staff are in place to support improvements in clinical effectiveness and clinical outcomes across the Division.
  • Continue to support partnership working with higher education institutions in support of learning, development and research agendas in nursing.
  • Participate in the Silver Command rota to ensure staff have access to 24-hour advice and support.
  • In exceptional circumstances to vary your area of work to meet unplanned need.
  • Manage and prioritise own workload in accordance with the demands of the service.
  • Support quality and innovations across all teams
  • Lead recruitment and development of the workforce
  • Manage risk and Governance team
  • Lead PSIRF process and implement learning across the mental health care division
  • Lead role in medicine incident safety huddle and learning from medicines incidents
  • Deputise for Associate Director of Nursing

For further information about this role, please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with evidence of post basic development
  • Educated at Masters or working towards / equivalent experience



  • Substantial Senior Management experience
  • Evidence of leadership training/qualification and high level leadership and strategic skills in practice
  • Experience of Effective change management
  • Experience of working with Trust Board
  • Ability to lead and build effective teams that can reflect on experience and promote a learning culture
  • Ability to disseminate information in a professional manner to nurses and other professionals at regional and national level, as evidenced by presentations at conferences or peer reviewed articles


  • Able to demonstrate experience in promoting patient safety across a large and complex organisation using audit as an improvement tool



  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Able to deliver complex projects on time
  • High level written and verbal skills
  • Highly motivated re modernisation
  • Effective strategic thinker/intellectual flexibility
  • High level interpersonal skills



  • Understanding of the trust's values
  • High professional standards
  • Engaging leadership style

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust



Kings business park


L34 1PJ

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