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Head of Nursing - Acute and General Medicine

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of an innovative and highly motivated senior nurse team making positive changes happen daily?

As a confident and pioneering Head of Nursing, you will work within the medical care group, taking responsibility for setting the standards and quality in the development, implementation and evaluation of patient care. Supported by the Associate Chief Nurse, Deputy Associate Chief Nurse and York based Heads of Nursing , you will form part of an inspirational and motivational nursing team who demonstrate the Trust values through all our behaviours and actions.

You will lead a team of 5 Matrons covering emergency, medical and elderly care across Scarborough and Bridlington sites, and work collaboratively with the senior nursing teams from other care groups to promote excellence. You will also have a porfolio of lead nurses in specialist services.

You will work closely with the operations team across the care group to support our patients to benefit from a strong and vibrant multi-disciplinary team approach where patients come first in all we do, covering a rota including on call out of hours.

You will have a passion for developing staff and creating a learning environment across your wards and departments, and demonstrate exceptional situational leadership enabling and empowering your teams. Your excellent communication and leadership skills will enable your team to embrace improvement as a continuum, in order to enhance the patient experience in all they do.

Main duties of the job

You will be a registered nurse with experience in a leadership role, ideally within the acute hospital setting, but this is not essential. You will create confidence in your staff and be comfortable working independently and also within your teams.

The role will enable you to develop extensive skills in leadership, people management and finance within the clinical environment, whilst receiving excellent support for both your personal and professional development.

This role would be pivotal in developing new ways of working and ensuring quality patient care within the care group. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the front line of new ways of working, and ensuring the services at Scarborough Hospital offer the right care at the right time and in the right place. You will be directly involved in embedding services in our multi million pound new emergency care facility, driving improvement to meet our communities needs.

You will embody our values, have a passion for patient care and have excellent communication skills. A proven track record of innovation and success in a senior role is essential, including high levels of engagement with staff, patients and external partners.

You will be accountable for the professional development of nursing staff. You will provide professional leadership that will enable, influence, negotiate and engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders to improve patient care and nurse leadership.

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants

27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)

A generous relocation package of up to 30% of salary (capped at �18k) to support with relocation expenses for hard to fill positions where relocation would be an expectation to undertake the role fully. If you would like to discuss a potential relocation package, please speak to the recruiting department/manager.

A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave

Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme

NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme

An extensive range of learning and development opportunities

Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Please note that if a high number of applications are received this advert may close early. You are advised to submit you application at the earliest opportunity.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • RGN (Level 1)
  • Relevant degree
  • Masters degree or equivalent level of skill acquired through experience
  • Formal teaching and assessing award
  • Evidence of ongoing relevant professional development
  • Formal management qualification or equivalent level of skill acquired through experience



  • Relevant experience in nursing management at Band 8a or above
  • Proven record of successfully implementing change

Experience & Skills


  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Communicate complex subjects effectively, both verbally and in writing.


  • Awareness of political and professional agenda in nursing and NHS management.
  • Evidence of working across boundaries, influencing and developing staff and working with multiple stakeholders.

Aptitude & Personal Qualities


  • Proven leadership ability

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Scarborough Hospital

Woodlands Drive


YO12 6QL

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