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Divisional Director of Nursing & Quality - Brighton & Hove

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hove, England
£83,571 - £96,376 Per annum
Closing date
24 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Fixed term
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a Registered Nurse to join us as Divisional Director of Nursing & Quality on a 12 month secondment / fixed-term to support our place-based structure

Working within our Brighton & Hove division as part of the Triumvirate leadership alongside the Managing Director and Clinical Director, you will be accountable for Quality (Safety, Effectiveness and Experience), driving a programme of improvement for Quality and Professional Standards.

You will ensure that high quality care is consistent with NMC and CQC fundamental standards, and safeguarding principles, in line with the organisations vision and values, and strategic objectives.

You will work with others to ensuring that ongoing transformation of services results in highly effective and efficient care pathways, using digital enablers that are fit for the future.

If you have a patient centred and just culture leadership approach, and want to make a difference this will be the role for you. .

You will be supported on your continuing professional development journey via appraisal supervision and training opportunities. Sussex Partnership NHS is an equally opportunities employer and we also welcome applications from nurses with lived experience.

Main duties of the job

The Divisional Director of Nursing and Quality (DDoNQ) will drive the programme of improvement for Quality and Professional Standards across the Division ensuring that the delivery of high-quality care is consistent with NMC and CQC fundamental standards, safeguarding principles, Trust Values and the Trust and Division Strategic Objectives

The DDoNQ will have accountability for the quality of care across the Division and will work within agreed objectives, quality standards and resource, in line with local & national plans.

The DDoNQ will have accountability for nursing practice across the Division, ensuring that the nursing voice has authority and that the nursing strategy is delivered live in practice.

Working for our organisation

This is an excellent time to be joining Sussex Partnership Trust. These roles enable us to place a renewed focus on ensuring that the new nursing strategy is delivered live in practice, that we find new ways to address the recruitment and retention challenge, and that we do this alongside the professional strategies of our psychology, social work and AHP colleagues.

We are in the process of transitioning to the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), are reviewing our response to patient and carer feedback. Your high clinical standards will influence how we operate in the best interest of our staff, patients and carers; enabling learning and ongoing service development on a continual cycle.

A clear programme of development support will be offered to enable further career progression.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Key result areas for the Divisional Director of Nursing and Quality role include:
  • Strategic Professional Leadership and Practice standards
    • Lead a team of nurses and other health professionals to ensure quality planning, control and improvement are delivered across the Division and communicated appropriately through the organisation's governance meeting structure.
    • Service Transformation
      • Working closely with the Managing Director and Clinical Director to drive the necessary service transformations.
    • Quality Assurance
      • Working closely with the clinical services on all matters pertaining to quality governance, using data to support effective practice changes maximising digital solutions
    • Professional and Senior Leadership Responsibilities
      • Development of clear plans on career pathways for nursing, ensure nurses are happy in their work and through this, stabilise recruitment and retention
    • Nursing Workforce Development
      • Lead workforce planning for the Nursing Directorate based on the identification of the nursing contribution within care pathways. This includes identification of skills gaps, creation of new posts and extension of roles.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to master's level or equivalent in a health-related field
  • Evidence of significant relevant professional development
  • Registered nurse (NMC)
  • Proven ability to perform at strategic and senior management level


Essential criteria
  • Significant experience at a senior nursing level leading mental health and learning disability nursing practice and quality
  • Professional regulatory experience - NMC
  • Quality regulatory experience - CQC
  • Nursing workforce, inc. recruitment and retention
  • Safer staffing
  • Clinical Governance
  • Leading and managing change through co-production
  • Analysing highly complex information and developing practical and workable solutions to address them at pace.
  • Experience of thinking and planning long term strategy
  • Being able to prioritise programmes of work in the face of competing demands.
  • Experience of managing and delivering to deadlines and within resources.
  • Experience of achievement in negotiating and influencing others.
  • Writing papers for sub committees
  • Strong record of multiprofessional collaborator internally and externally

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

Check out the links below to view our key areas of recruitment



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