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UHN Chief Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
Depending on experience
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Chief Nurse to join us at the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. If you are a collaborative, compassionate, innovative and experienced Chief Nurse we hope this role will be of interest to you.

The UHN Group includes Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust with a combined turnover of circa �900M and 11,000 employees. Working together KGH and NGH serve the healthcare needs of a population of 2 million people. As a university teaching hospital, teaching and research are important, with a focus on developing strong wide ranging academic partnerships leading to improved patient outcomes and exciting opportunities for colleagues.

The UHN Chief Nurse is a new role required following creation of a single executive team at UHN. The role reports to the UHN Chief Executive Officer, is a voting Executive Director of both NGH and KGH Boards and is a pivotal role in the leadership of University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group (UHN).

At UHN we are focused on making tomorrow better than today for our patients and colleagues, ensuring we create a positive environment for all. We are looking for a leader with strong personal impact, ambition and courage to lead our nursing, midwifery and AHP teams through the next challenging, but exciting, stages of our integration.

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and short supporting statement (max two sides) by 26th July 2024 date.

Main duties of the job

Working as part of the Integrated Leadership Team (ILT), the Chief Nurse will provide expert advice to the Boards and colleagues on all clinical issues, and on nursing, midwifery and AHP professional matters. In partnership with the UHN Medical Director, the Chief Nurse will be responsible for providing strong and effective clinical leadership, improving and sustaining clinical practices and standards across all services and for all aspects of patient safety. The post holder will support professional development of nurses, midwives and AHPs at all levels, and will champion and embed a culture of quality improvement, effective clinical governance and great patient experience.

To be successful in the role you will need demonstrable experience of setting and delivering a long-term vision, whilst responding to short-term challenges and opportunities. You will be able to demonstrate a record of building, leading, motivating and developing multi-disciplinary teams and, through your leadership of strategic transformation programmes, the delivery of continuous service improvement, successful outcomes and significant operational and service changes. You will have experience of leading and supporting integration/collaboration across teams and organisations as well as working at system level to develop whole system approaches to improved care.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full Job Description, Person Specification and further details on the recruitment timeline for this role, please see the supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • MSc in relevant subject, or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of leadership development.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Extensive knowledge and experience of clinical governance systems, infection prevention and control and children's and adults safeguarding
  • Extensive experience of leading and directing change in clinical practice with evidence of successful outcomes in a Provider Trust.
  • Experience of improving the patient experience.
  • Successful track record at senior leadership levels, including exposure at Board Level in a large complex organisation.
  • An understanding of key NHS Service Quality and Safety Standards.
  • Experience of developing and implementing transformation programmes with a track record of successful delivery against national and local targets.
  • Demonstrable experience of setting and delivering a long-term vision, whilst responding to short-term challenges and opportunities.
  • Experience of successfully delivering quality improvement programmes.
  • Experience of supporting integration and collaboration across separate legal entities.
  • Sound knowledge of clinical governance and risk management.
  • Knowledge of national NHS policy and strategy.
  • Ability to assess, analyse, synthesise and act upon complex data and information.

Skills & Abilities


  • Well-developed communication and influencing skills, with the ability to motivate teams and gain consensus at all levels within and between organisations.
  • Ability to lead and work in multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong personal impact. Highly developed interpersonal, networking, advocacy, written and presentation skills that are persuasive and influential and develop relationships that inspire respect, trust and confidence with a wide range of organisations and individuals, both internally and externally.
  • Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to think and act strategically/laterally, maintain a clear view of the issues affecting the Trusts.
  • The ability to translate strategic vision into operations, to communicate those objectives and ensure they are actioned
  • Demonstrable success in building, leading, motivating and developing multi-disciplinary teams and promoting, leading and implementing strategies and change programmes to secure continuous service improvement, successful outcomes and significant operational and service changes.
  • Evidence of communicating successfully and working effectively in co-operation with a wide range of internal and external bodies, including statutory and non-statutory organisations, senior managers, colleagues and their representatives.
  • Able to deal positively and promptly with colleagues' concerns and personal problems, challenge colleagues on any inappropriate behaviours or poor performance and investigate and deal with complaints as required.

Personal qualities & Attributes


  • Works in a highly collaborative manner with colleagues across UHN, UHL and other partners. Role models collaborative behaviours.
  • Aligned to UHN's values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Integrity and Courage.
  • Highly motivated, hard-working, self-confident, robust and resilient individual with drive and determination to deliver.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities and re-focus the work of self and others on new priority areas that may require urgent action.
  • High level of personal resilience and ability to work in a high-pressure environment.
  • Commitment to personal development and development of colleagues.
  • Can constructively challenge and effectively manage conflict to reach a positive conclusion.
  • Passionate commitment to embedding diversity, equality and inclusion internally and externally.
  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Ability to travel between the Kettering and Northampton hospital sites and other sites often with limited time between meetings.

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


University Hospitals of Northampton



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