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Executive Nurse Director

NHS Highland
Base flexible within Board area, with hybrid home and office working in place
£85,966 - £112,401 (review pending) plus 5% care home responsibility allowance
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

NHS Highlands are seeking a talented and inspirational Nurse Director to join a highly motivated Executive team who are leading the organisation through remobilisation following the impacts of the pandemic, financial recovery and the transformation of our services and culture. This is a pivotal role in addressing widespread workforce challenges through reshaping roles and pathways that are fit for a sustainable future You will be a member of the NHS Board and have responsibility for the leadership of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health professions (NMAHP). You will have a broad corporate portfolio that covers NMAHP Professional Leadership Quality of Care and Patient Experience, Child Protection, Professional Oversight of Care Homes, Infection Control, Spiritual Care, compliance with the Health and Care Staffing Act and Public Protection. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities both with NHS Highland and NHS Scotland as part of your personal and professional development.


NHS Highland covers 41% of the land mass of Scotland, has a budget of over £1bn and employs 10,500 colleagues and is a fully integrated health and care system, with the Lead Agency model of the Highland Health and Social Care Partnership, created in 2012 as well as an Integrated Joint Board overseeing the Health & Social Care Partnership model in Argyll & Bute.


NHS Highland was escalated to Level 4 of the Scottish Government’s performance management framework in late 2018 because of concerns about its ability to deliver a balanced financial position, along with challenges in culture and performance, but successful management of the position led to this being downgraded to Level 3 in April 2021 and a further review is currently underway. Significant progress has been made over the last 2 years, but we now must transform our services to meet the long-term needs of our population in a sustainable and affordable way through our NHS Highland Together We Care 5-year Strategy, as well as supporting the delivery of the Argyll & Bute HSCP Strategic Plan.


You will be a highly accomplished leader with a track record of delivering high quality clinical services, improving outcomes for patients alongside developing and implementing strong clinical and healthcare governance systems. You will have the ability to provide vision, inspiration, professional leadership, and strategic direction that is in line with the Boards vision and purpose. You will be able to drive and develop innovative and robust models of care. You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and maintain that registration throughout your time in post


The successful candidate will provide a high standard of personal and professional leadership, be experienced in leading large and complex teams, and will have the emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to engage a widely varied workforce behind a common purpose. You will be a positive role model for our NHS Scotland values of Dignity and Respect, Care and Compassion, Openness, Honesty and Responsibility and Quality and Teamwork, and will be committed to supporting the delivery of high-quality person-centred care.




We offer:


  • Access to NHS Scotland Pension scheme with generous benefits and employer contributions. Policies to help balance commitments at work and home and flexible family friendly working arrangements Availability of regular home working Relocation support (where applicable) Excellent training and development opportunities. Access to NHS staff benefits/staff discounts.



How to Apply


To arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact Pamela Dudek, Chief Executive via email


To apply, please send the following details to our Fiona Hogg, Director of People & Culture, at


  • A copy of your CV Your NMC Professional Identification Number (PIN) A covering letter addressing what interests you in the role and details of your 3 most relevant skills or experiences that make you suitable for the role, as set out in the job description and person specification



The closing date for receipt of applications is: 5pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022.


Initial interviews will be held on 21 October, virtually.


Assessment centre will be on 16 or 17 November 2022 and this will take place in Inverness.


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