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Group Director of Nursing – Medicine and Emergency Care

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Birmingham, West Midlands
AfC Band 8d
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH) are a large acute, community and primary care integrated healthcare provider, serving around 600,000 people across Sandwell and West Birmingham. With over 7000 valued colleagues we are also an anchor organisation for our local community.

We have always aspired to be more than a hospital. In fact, we have always aspired to be more than a healthcare provider. Our vision has been to become renowned as the best integrated care organisation in the NHS. This is because we have always believed that by working seamlessly with our population, our people, and our partners we can “Improve the Life Chances and Health Outcomes of our Population”. This is our purpose. To support these goals, we have identified three strategic objectives – Our People, Our Patients, and Our Population.

The Trust currently operates from two main hospital sites – City and Sandwell, with over 150 additional community locations such as Rowley Hospital and Leasowes. We are also in the process of developing our new hospital, now named the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH). MMUH will offer maternity, children’s and acute inpatient adult services to half a million people in a state of the art facility. MMUH’s location in Smethwick leads the way in social and economic regeneration for our communities, supporting a better quality of life. MMUH also presents a once in a generation opportunity to transform care delivery and our workforce.

Within and beyond the walls of our new hospital, we are transforming how we deliver care. We have already implemented our new electronic patient record, Unity. Our next five years will see more investment into Out of Hospital Care and partnership working across PLACE as part of our big picture approach to delivering care, as well as more investment into our own Clinical Research to benefit our local population.

It is to this exciting but challenging backdrop, that we now embark on the process to appoint a Group Director of Nursing for our Medicine and Emergency Care Group. This is one of a number of leadership roles that have recently arisen within SWBH, largely due to promotion and career progression.

The postholder will be a key member of the Group Triumvirate who will lead, inspire and deliver our patient Strategy framework Fundamentals of Care. In partnership with the Group Director of Operations, they play a leading role in the development and implementation of both the Group and Corporate Strategy.

The Group Director of Nursing will also have a fantastic opportunity to play an important role in implementing our new acute care model, supporting forward planning in advance of our occupation of the MMUH.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate who can manage and navigate complex agendas. You will have a strong grip of the operational issues relating to urgent and emergency care, with strong insights and experience around workforce.

You will be a compassionate, inclusive and visible leader, who can provide clinical leadership which inspires, motivates and empowers Nurses, and AHPs within the Group and across the Trust.

You will be able to think strategically, with experience of working at a senior level and across a range of services and of overseeing complex service change. Most importantly, you will share the values and ambitions of our Trust.

We are committed to ensuring that across the Trust, our colleagues reflect the diverse population of our communities.

The Recruitment Timetable:

Applications close:                           Sunday, 12th February 2023                                         

Shortlisting Interviews:                 w/c 20th February 2023                 

Final Interviews:                              Tuesday, 7th March 2023

To request a copy of the information pack, please contact

For an exploratory and confidential conversation about the post, please contact Joe Joyce or Natasha Parmar 

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