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Lead Nurse for Safer Staffing

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior nurse to lead the Safer Staffing agenda within Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Reporting directly to the Deputy Chief Nurse (DCN) you will support the DCN with the overview and coordinating function for leading and developing the Trust approach to Nursing workforce/safe staffing in line with national and regulatory requirements. This will require you to work closely with the Senior Nursing Team to provide senior clinical and strategic leadership for Safe Staffing.

Main duties of the job

Reviewing the current establishment setting policy in line with best practice and National policy.

Implementing and embedding any changes to establishment setting process engaging with key stakeholders both clinical and non-clinical.

Reviewing and making recommendations on improvements to safe staffing processes

Conduct benchmarking exercises to ensure nursing establishments are comparable and efficient

Monitoring compliance with best practice and safe staffing outcomes and report to relevant professional groups.

Support the development of the long term Nursing Workforce Strategy.

Contribute to the overall strategic development and direction of the Trust, helping to develop and implement programmes of work associated with improving the staff deployment to improve outcomes of patients.

Additionally, the postholder will deputise for the Deputy Chief nurse and on occasion the Chief Nurse both internally and externally to the Trust as appropriate.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practice your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

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Closing date is midnight on 21 July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 2 August 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care Opportunities to experience a range of specialities Career and development opportunities Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team Research experience and opportunities Lovely location and quality of life Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with NMC
  • Post registration Masters degree in nursing or related field
  • Leadership or management qualification at post graduate level.
  • Evidence of professional continuous development and portfolio of learning (NMC revalidation)


  • Post graduate qualification in teaching



  • Expert knowledge of Allocate Rostering System
  • Expert knowledge of Safe Staffing methodology and practices
  • Ability to articulate NHS Strategic priorities in relation to service redesign and workforce modernisation for now and in the future
  • Evidence of ability to work outside of traditional professional boundaries
  • Computer literate and experience of database management, outlook, power point, word and excel.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead, manage and develop successful and effective teams
  • Ability to deal with complex time critical situations, working to deadlines and delivering targets
  • Good working knowledge of clinical and quality governance, with particular knowledge of assurance and risk management.
  • Evidence of some strategic working both locally and at national level.
  • Experience of working in the NHS or a large, complex, fast moving organisation
  • Evidence of developing and presenting comprehensive reports.
  • Evidence of successfully implementing service change.


  • Practical experience of policy development
  • Audit or research experience
  • Budget management
  • Evidence of publication of own work.
  • Evidence of Project Management success and introducing innovative ideas, ensuring sustainability.



  • Advanced communication skills, both written and oral with the ability to deal with highly complex, contentious or sensitive issues.
  • Able to form and maintain excellent professional relationships with all members of the multi professional team
  • Effective communicator with proven ability to influence all levels of staff
  • Strong negotiating skills, sometimes in conflicting situations. -
  • Proven clinical leadership and team leading skills
  • Excellent project management skills, able to plan, deliver to timescales, communicate, manage expectations, report progress plans
  • Able to respond to change and apply themselves to development in practice.
  • Able to establish collaborative working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders


  • Experience at a senior level in an acute health trust

Additional Requirements


  • Highly motivated
  • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets
  • Supportive
  • Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Corporate



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