Deputy Chief Nurse – Quality

Job summary

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We are looking for an ambitious and inspirational leader to support the Chief Nurse in the delivery of the Trust’s corporate, professional, operational and clinical service delivery objectives, working across the Trust’s corporate and clinical divisions and the Sussex Integrated Care System to deliver the highest quality of care across all Trust sites.

You will support and deputise for the Chief Nurse in corporate and strategic leadership and assume responsibility for delivery in quality governance and improvement, safeguarding and patient safety.

This is a key role in providing direction and support to ensure a coordinated approach to service delivery, service transformation and the development of services across our hospitals to help achieve the long-term vision and strategic priorities of the Trust.

You will be a credible and motivated senior nurse, with a successful track record of leading and inspiring teams and be experienced in quality improvement. As a proactive collaborator, you will maintain strong relationships our partners across the ICS and the regulators. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious senior nurse who wishes to pursue an Executive Nursing career.


Main duties of the job

The Deputy Chief Nurse will provide leadership, strategic direction, advice, supervision and support to nurses, midwives, AHPs and clinical professionals throughout the Trust, ensuring that high quality clinical practice is integrated and embedded into all patient services.

The successful candidate will support the Chief Nurse in leading the development and implementation of the nursing, midwifery and AHP agenda for the Trust, interpreting and applying national directives. You will be a highly visible leader, collaborating with senior colleagues and engaging with frontline staff to develop the Trust Quality Strategy and ensuring it is embedded within the Divisions with clear reporting and performance frameworks.

You will be passionate about developing a working environment and culture that actively promotes psychological safety, staff wellbeing, health, safety, and security. As part of the Senior Nurse team, the postholder will work closely with nursing, operational and clinical colleagues to contribute to the establishment of Trust-wide standards to maintain, monitor and improve the quality of care and the efficient use of our resources. Supporting the Chief Nurse, you will develop, implement and measure the impact of the Nursing & Midwifery Strategy, focusing on embedding true Compassion in Practice across the Trust and leading on Trust nursing and midwifery quality improvement projects pertaining to workforce, patient pathways and capacity management.


About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The attached Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the service


Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level experience.
  • Further professional or management qualification or experience
  • Clear evidence of continuous personal, professional and managerial development
  • Registered nurse
  • Degree level education
  • Evidence of continued personal & professional development
  • Masters degree



  • Proven track record in a complex NHS organisation at a senior level including an acute Trust
  • Proven record of leading complex, change and modernisation of programmes aimed at improving organisational performance and efficiency
  • A track record of successes in delivering against national and local targets.
  • Track record of driving up service standards and efficiencies, and value for money
  • Substantial experience of leading and delivering organisational change.
  • Extensive experience at Board/Senior Management Level
  • Broad clinical experience relevant to the post
  • Proven Nursing/Midwifery leadership and management experience
  • Budgetary management and workforce development experience


  • Experience of working in a commissioning environment
  • Experience of working in a commercial environment


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