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Head of Nursing

St Andrew's Healthcare
Closing date
24 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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In this exciting new role you will have responsibility for the attainment of clinical excellence across the Low Secure and Specialist Rehab Division. Reporting to the Clinical Director and working in close partnership with them and the Head of Operations, you will form, drive and deliver the divisional strategy. You will be responsible for inspiring, motivating and empowering nurses to deliver high standards of care in safe environments, whilst improving our patient and carer experience.

Our division is specially designed for adults over the age of 18 with Mental Health, Personality Disorders and challenging behaviour. These include patients who might be a danger to themselves or others, or have committed serious offences. The division provides treatment in both secure and specialist non-secure rehabilitation facilities. Our facilities, activities, therapies and services are designed with our patients, recovery and community reintegration in mind.

We believe every individual has strengths; our treatment programs build on these to help our service users recover. We want all patients in our division to have the right care, treatment and support to be able to eventually return to the community.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew's CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.

The role

This is a broad and challenging role with a number of key responsibilities that include:
  • Ensuring your divisional plans are aligned with the Charity's strategy and our CARE values
  • Ensuring divisional activities consistently meet the agreed operational, clinical, financial and workforce metrics, targets and milestones
  • Focusing on the clinical competence, leadership and the development of the nursing staff, implementing and maintaining standards within the Division
  • Providing high quality and visible professional leadership in nursing, operationalising and supporting clinical standards
  • Ensuring clinical excellence within your division by fostering a culture of compassionate and respectful care, as well as developing relationships with patients and their carers
  • Delivering the required processes and procedures to improve patients, families, carers and staff outcomes and experiences
  • Co-chairing the clinical governance oversight group
  • Overseeing the infection control leads and ensuring the agreed high standards of cleanliness are met in all clinical and public areas of the Division
  • Ensuring and monitoring high quality of care and compliance in accordance with CQC regulatory standards through local audit, assurance and national audit measures.
  • Providing clear and visible leadership on quality assessment, assurance and improvement across all aspects of service delivery
  • Working closely with the Chief Nurse and have accountability to the Director of Nursing and peers, to share good practice, minimise risk and promote a learning environment.

And more about you

You will be able to demonstrate visible and inspirational leadership that is fully aligned with the Charity's CARE values. You will have a strong track record of clinical delivery and of developing effective, engaged and high performing nursing teams within a complex environment. You will need to show success in delivering significant improvements in nursing standards. You will be accustomed to leading through periods of change and transformation while continuing to deliver required the highest clinical performance levels. You will also need to be an excellent communicator, capable of influencing and negotiating across all levels of the Charity.

Next steps

If you have the capability to perform at a high level as described above, we'd love you to apply here.

For an informal discussion please contact James Farrelly on or

Interview Date: TBC
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