Divisional Director of Nursing (Band 8C)
Temporary: Expected to last 3 months with possible extension
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: Upto £40.60 per hour Umbrella or £35.38 per hour PAYE
I am currently seeking an experienced Divisional Director of Nursing to join an NHS Trust based in Swindon.
You will see yourself working with an Associate Medical Director and Divisional Director, setting the strategic focus whilst supporting teams to successfully deliver the operational portfolio.
You will be responsible for the effectiveness of professional leadership and development of nursing within the Division and other allocated areas in order to facilitate the delivery of excellent clinical practice. You may also hold delegated responsibility for areas of practice from the Chief Nurse.
You're primary focus will be to ensure improvements in patient outcomes, patient safety, patient experience and effectiveness of care. You will have strong leadership and change management skills and be able to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models of care delivery that meet the needs of service users, Trust Board, commissioners and regulators.
You will ensure professional workforce and development plans are aligned to service needs and will work closely with the Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Nurse(s) to deliver the nursing, midwifery & quality strategy, ensuring alignment through Divisional service strategies.
- Senior nursing and/or midwifery leadership and management experience (evidence required)
- Clinical management experience (evidence required)
- Experience managing a range of departments i.e. managing workforce, operational delivery & finance management
- Experience delivering quality improvement projects with defined outcomes
- Demonstrable experience of achieving changed clinical practice and improving services to increase quality and efficiency
- Experience of working and influencing at a senior level
- Experience developing collaborative working relationships within teams
- Demonstrable experience of developing staff and teams to enhance patient outcomes.
- Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of nursing, midwifery theory and best practice
- Thorough understanding of equality & diversity and its application to managing self, staff and patients within the Trust
- Understanding of NMC Code of practice and requirements of it for the practice & behaviour and its application to the management of staff and self
- Proven experience of budgetary/financial management
- Proven track record in co-designing and producing patient pathways with service users
- Experience in delivering and enhancing clinical governance, risk and safety management
- Proven experience leading investigations into complex complaints and clinical incidents
- Highly visible, accessible and influential figure on whom staff, patients, families and carers can rely, to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, efficient, high quality care
- Provide professional and clinical leadership to nurses and midwives, acting as a role model within the Division and the Trust ensuring high performance in managerial and clinical practice is both developed and maintained
- To lead and contribute to an effective quality improvement work programme as part of the Divisional plan and corporate nursing agenda
- Where appropriate, to provide leadership and support the redesign of services, patient pathways, workforce and policies to reflect changes to healthcare policy whether local or national as described in the sustainability and transformation plans (NHSE 2016)
- Responsible for embedding and the delivery of the nursing and midwifery strategy and provide assurance to the Chief Nurse and Trust Board through quality measures and outcome indicators
- Integrate corporate and professional nursing and midwifery plans with the Divisional clinical service plans. Work with senior nurses and midwives across the Trust embed key strategies such as Leading Change, Adding Value (NHSE 2016) and the Five Year Forward View (NHSE 2016)
- Lead the work to strengthen and optimise the role of Matrons and Senior Sister/Charge Nurses both within the Division and across the Trust
- Work collaboratively with the Divisional Director, Associate Medical Director and other senior staff in developing systems and process that are effective and efficient in the delivery of the clinical governance and risk management
- Provide strategic leadership for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children within the Division. Work closely with the Deputy Chief Nurse to ensure robust systems and processes around the care for: Adult Safeguarding, Children’s Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards, Learning Disabilities & Dementia
Patient care and experience:
- Work with the Associate Medical Director and Divisional Director to embed systems and processes to deliver high standards of quality and safe care based evidence and best practice nationally and internationally
- Lead (within the Division) on the implementation of the Ward Assessment and Accreditation Framework to achieve 'gold standard’ ward performance by 2019
- Incorporate the views of patients, carers, family and the public in evaluating and designing services. Work with the Deputy Chief Nurse to develop the Trust patient experience strategy, actively implementing it across the Division
- Develop a culture and system whereby the Division learns from user/carer/relative feedback, evidencing a culture of listening thereby continually improving services
- Be accountable for the monitoring of complaints and incidents relating to nursing within the Division, ensuring appropriate responses and the implementation of action plans to resolve issues identified
- Lead the investigation and resolution of complex complaints and clinical incidents