Director of Nursing

Excellent salary
15 Sep 2017
10 Oct 2017
Acute Trust
Job Type

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides local general hospital and community services to around 260,000 people in Walsall and the surrounding areas. We are a truly integrated healthcare provider covering Walsall and beyond, with multidisciplinary acute and community services that allow us to provide the right care in the right place; such as rapid response in the community and homebased care so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes to be cared for.  We provide the full range of district general hospital services in Walsall Manor Hospital and we provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services and from some 60 sites including health centres and GP surgeries.

Our recent journey has been one of turnaround and reconfiguration, following the CQC’s inspection of us in September 2015. With a great deal of effort and energy we have now tackled the short-term challenges highlighted by their report and, having turned the corner, we have begun to focus on changes that enhance our longer-term plans. The CQC have recently re-inspected us, their initial feedback was encouraging and we await further news with interest.

This important role will join us at a time where our focus is shifting from the short-term to the longer term, from immediate challenges to more strategic issues about our role in the wider health and care economy as well to making sustainable change in the way we work together as trust. We know we cannot deliver on our strategy along and, we are active partners in many collaborative ventures in the area such as the Black Country Alliance and Walsall Together. 

As professional lead for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals in the Trust, you will oversee their professional development to ensure the highest standards of quality, safety and patient experience for our patients and to support the delivery of our vision of providing first class integrated care. Your responsibilities will include leading the Trust’s Patient Experience agenda and the PALS and Complaints Services; playing a key role in ensuring our community nursing and AHP colleagues are supported to deliver our vision of integration supporting care closer to home; and leading other key areas of Trust-wide work including Safeguarding, Equality & Diversity, End of Life Care, Dementia Care and Tissue Viability.

Building on our Listening into Action journey, you will support the development of a vision and culture that strives to improve engagement with patients and their relatives and continuously improves the experience of our patients. You will also lead and manage the Trust’s clinical governance team and with the Medical Director take joint responsibility for Quality & Safety across all our services.

To succeed in this role, you will need senior management experience in an acute or community NHS Trust operating at, or immediately below, Board level; this will need to include significant experience of acute hospital nursing, ward standards, staffing and practice. You will need to demonstrate success in achieving results in delivering successful change in patient-centred care, as well as your passion for the benefits of integration.

You will join an organisation with a clear sense of the added value we provide into our communities, and a senior team that is focused on sustainability and innovation, not on the short-term demands of turnaround. We have got off to a strong start on our journey but we know we still have a long way to go to deliver our vision to become your partners for first class integrated care.

If the opportunity to join an integrated organisation and an energised senior team interests you, please click on 'Apply' and contact Robin Staveley of GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6097 for a confidential discussion.

Closing date: Tuesday 10th October, preliminary interviews late October, final interviews Thursday 9th November.