Executive Director of Quality/Chief Nurse

£competitive salary
07 Sep 2018
08 Oct 2018
Job Type

Executive Director of Quality/Chief Nurse

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) is one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, with nearly 1.5 million patient contacts each year. We are a high-performing organisation with a strong, values-based culture. We employ around 5000 staff, have an annual turnover of around £190m, and provide services across a widespread local patient population in both urban and rural parts of Derbyshire.

We care for patients from across 133 sites including 11 community hospitals, 30 health centres and a learning disability service in Derbyshire, as well as specialist dental services. Our sites include hospitals, health centres, clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, people’s own homes, as we develop further new models of care designed to help transform the way care is provided to people at home and in their local communities.

In 2016, we received a ‘Good’ rating overall from the CQC’s inspection with ‘Outstanding’ for ‘caring’ and some of our services rated overall as ‘Outstanding’. Our staff survey consistently rates our Trust to be a good place to work, exemplified by us having one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the region.

Our new Executive Director of Quality/Chief Nurse will provide professional leadership to our nursing, AHP and non-medical clinical workforce across the Trust and will be responsible for ensuring the highest possible professional practice and quality of care for patients and service users. You will lead the development and implementation of effective strategies and systems for robust clinical governance and improve patient safety and patient experience across the organisation.

As part of a highly-effective unitary board, you will be integral in our continued development and success. You will support our staff and work closely with the Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer to ensure services are safe, high-quality and deliver the right outcomes for patients within the resources at our disposal and will be responsible for continuously improving standards of professional practice.

Critically, you will play a full Corporate Director role and will be visible and influential externally, contributing effectively to how the Trust operates as an integral part of the local healthcare economy. As such you will need to combine skilled and values-based leadership, demonstrate strong performance and have an ability to innovate and work across boundaries.

The successful candidate will also be joining us at a pivotal time as we continue to develop and transform our services for our patients, which is underpinned by our clear values and our commitment and accountability to our local population and their needs. We are looking for someone who is passionate, creative, inspirational and visionary.

This role would suit someone who is already an established Chief Nurse keen to join a successful, innovative organisation, but equally we would welcome applications from ambitious Deputy Directors of Nursing looking for their first Corporate Director role. Candidates may be working within the provider or commissioning setting, or in other associated or closely related areas, but in all cases, you will have a genuine passion and interest for community health services, the ability to lead sizeable teams over a dispersed patch and will also share our aspiration to see services working seamlessly across the health and social care sector.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday, 8th October 2018.

For further information and for an informal discussion about the role, please contact Moira Johnston or Melanie West at the NHS Leadership Academy on 0113 322 5672.

To apply, please email your CV and supporting statement to applications.nla@hee.nhs.uk.