Divisional Chief Nurse for Surgery - Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Job summary

We are seeking a motivated and inspirational Divisional Chief Nurse to lead our nursing team within the Surgical Division here at SASH. As a key member of the senior leadership at the Trust, you will be responsible for the effectiveness of professional leadership and development of nursing within the division to facilitate the delivery of excellent clinical practice and high-quality care.

As part of the divisional triumvirate, you will work alongside the Chief of Service and Divisional Director to shape and clearly define the vision for the division, with specific accountability for nursing standards.

We are looking for a dynamic and compassionate leader highly visible, accessible and influential figure on whom staff, patients, families and carers can rely who is committed to maintaining and building upon the outstanding service that SASH is known for.

As a proactive collaborator, you will promote the development of a culture that embodies excellence of care, improves access, meets the needs of the local population and involves users in planning, implementation and evaluation of services.


Main duties of the job

As Divisional Chief Nurse, you will be professionally accountable for all registered nurses within the division and ensure professional workforce and development plans are aligned to service needs. Through strong leadership and change management skills, you will collaborate with the Triumvirate to implement and evaluate innovative models of care delivery that meet the needs of service users, the Trust Board, the Integrated Care System and regulators.

You will be responsible for developing systems and processes that are effective and efficient in the delivery of the clinical governance and risk management and have professionally accountability for the quality and safety of service delivery within the division, maintaining professional standards and adherence to the NMC Code of Conduct.

As a compassionate leader, you will develop a culture whereby the Division learns from user/carer/relative feedback to continually improve its services and effectively deliver safe and timely admission, transfer, and discharge of patients to reduce patient and organisational risk.

You would be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative in the development and delivery of high-quality services across Surrey and Sussex.


About us

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) was formed on 1April 1998 following a merger between East Surrey Healthcare NHS and Crawley Horsham NHS Trusts. SASH is a major local employer, with a diverse workforce of over 4,000 providing emergency and non-emergency service to a growing population of around 535,000 across East Surrey, North-East West Sussex, and South Croydon, including the major towns of Crawley, Horsham, Reigate and Redhill.

At East Surrey Hospital, Redhill we have 697 beds and provide acute and complex services. In addition, we provide a range of outpatient, diagnostic and less complex planned services at The Earlswood Centre, Caterham Dene Hospital and Oxted Health Centre in Surrey, and at Crawley and Horsham Hospitals in West Sussex.

Our vision is to pursue perfection in the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare that puts the people in our community first and we are proud champions of our core values: Dignity and Respect; One Team; Compassion; Safety and Quality.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we were named the 2021 Acute NHS Trust of the Year in the annual Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for our clear ambition and vision and a significant improvement journey over a number of years.


Job description

Job responsibilities

For Further Information regarding the role please read the attached job Description and Person Specification. Once you understand the requirements outlined in the advert, please ensure your application accurately reflects where you match them.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome applications from underrepresented groups. In recruiting to our Trust, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, LGBTQ+ communities, and from people with lived experience of disability.

If you would like a further discussion on the role, in the first instance please contact our executive search partner Finn McNulty at Hunter Healthcare on 07966 006091 or fmcnulty@hunter-healthcare.com


Person Specification



  • Evidence of a good standard of written English appropriate to the role
  • A complete and accurate application
  • Suitability for role evidenced in supporting statement
  • Evidence of essential experience for role
  • Meet the essential education/qualifications required for the role
  • Hold the necessary mandatory professional/clinical registration
  • Evidence of the Trust values and behaviours
  • Evidence of any other essential criteria outlined in the person specification

For questions about the job, contact:

Hunter Healthcare

Finn McNulty




Date Event
18th June 2023 Job closes