Chief Nursing Officer

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on Experience
Closing date
2 Sep 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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As a full member of a unitary board that is intent on achieving health equity, you will need to be an influential and agile leader, who is able to motivate and inspire, thereby helping to promote a culture which expects and supports inclusivity, opportunity, innovation, and fresh thinking. With functional responsibility for the resourcing, development, and leadership of our nursing; allied health; therapies; and healthcare assistant workforce, and as our clinical governance and safeguarding lead, you will use personal influence and collaboration, rather than positional authority, to effectively engage and align people, focus teams, and sustain momentum. You will also be an inspiration for the delivery of system-wide integrated, person-centred treatment and care, and instrumental in ensuring that the diverse needs of all those accessing and using health services provided by the Trust are fully understood and reflected in system decision-making, strategies, and delivery plans.

Main duties of the job

In the search for our next Chief Nursing Officer, we will focus on current ability, potential, values, and behaviours, rather than just prior experience and track record. Therefore, we are interested in considering applications both from individuals who are already established in an executive leadership role and those who are aspiring to their first board position. Above all, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
  • an appreciation of how their role as an executive director will require them to 'fully own their brief', but also to effectively contribute and add value beyond their immediate functional responsibilities;
  • an ability to be a highly visible, collaborative, and resilient leader, who champions diversity and inclusion, who actively seeks opportunities to embed difference, and who is intolerant of discrimination and unfair practices, wherever they are evident;
  • the capability to effectively engage and influence the clinical workforce, patients, and wider stakeholders in delivering continuous improvement; and
  • a willingness to proactively and enthusiastically identify and nurture talent, thereby building capability and rewarding the right behaviours and leadership standards.

Please see the attached job description for full details on key responsibilities.

About us

We are a specialist provider of mental health and learning disability services to children, young people and adults living in southeast England. Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve, and to champion the rights of people with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

A significant Sussex system partner, with a combined workforce of some 5,000 multi-professional employees, we deliver our services in a range of settings, including hospital; specialist clinics; people's own homes; low and medium secure units; and GP surgeries, with the aim of ensuring that vital support and interventions are accessible to those who need them most, when they most need them. Our achievements in this respect are reflected in our current CQC ratings.

Applications will be sought from the widest possible pool of suitably qualified candidates and assessed on merit. The information provided by applicants will be relied upon to determine whether sufficient personal responsibility, competence and potential have been demonstrated in previous, to satisfy the experience, skills and values being sought.

We value and promote diversity, are committed to equality of opportunity for all, and believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve. We want to increase the diversity of our senior leadership, and therefore encourage applications from groups we know are under-represented in board-level roles.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Chief Nursing Officer has Board level responsibility for the overall development and leadership of the nursing and healthcare assistant workforce, people participation team, mental health act team, legal team, psychology and psychological therapies, allied health professionals, social care.

As the Trust lead for clinical governance the post holder is the nominated individual in all matters related to Care Quality Commission registration and standards, physical health, infection control, health and safety, incident and risk management, safeguarding children, and safeguarding adults.

The post holder will be responsible for setting and delivery the strategy for these professional groups and support services that recruits, nurtures, develops and retains a compassionate, skilled and flexible workforce that is able to deliver the highest quality of care in line with our values.

The post holder is the executive lead for people participation and, as such, is responsible for shaping and driving the improvement through staff, patient/peer, carer and family participation. Embedding a just culture and quality improvement in line with our Clinical Strategy and 2020 Vision is a priority.

The post holder will lead an ambitious nurse education team that will develop optimal career development pathways for mental health and learning disability nurses. This will also include international recruitment and building educational and research partnerships e.g. Health & Care Academy and University links.

Please see the attached job description for full details on key responsibilities.

Terms of appointment

This is a substantive, full-time, very senior manager (VSM) role - salary dependent on experience.

Standard NHS terms and conditions of employment will apply.

The post-holder will be required to comply with the Nolan Principles of Public Life and to fully meet the Fit and Proper Persons requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nursing Qualification (RMN or RNLD)
  • Educated at 1st degree level or advanced qualification in relevant health subject or equivalent
  • Educated at Masters degree level or equivalent level qualification/s in a relevant field.
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • National policy on Mental Health developments
  • Development in nursing practice and education
  • Quality improvement, audit and research in relation to nursing
  • Knowledge of clinical governance
  • Excellent 'political' skills, appropriate to representing the Trust in complex negotiations with outside organisations
  • Knowledge of Mental Health law and its application.
  • Knowledge of regulations and guidance relating to the handling of complaints and legal claims
  • Previous experience as Board Director
  • Evidence of experience in strategy development and implementation
  • Experience of working with service users at a strategic level
  • Experience of leading projects and other development

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