Hospital Nurse Director

Job summary

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This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to and implement the Trust’s strategic objectives and be the ‘go-to’ lead for professional nursing on site. Reporting directly to our Hospital Director, our new Nurse Director will be a key member of the site’s leadership team, overseeing the deployment of nursing staff and the development of new workforce models for nursing alongside the Divisional Directors of Nursing.

You will hold a Trust-wide improvement portfolio on behalf of the Chief Nurse, alongside the responsibility of nursing standards in partnership with the DDNs. You will use the established PFIS (Patient First Improvement System) to provide continuous improvement to the workforce. This is a pivotal role in enhancing patient experience, quality of care and ensuring patient safety, alongside ensuring effective systems are in place to monitor and improve clinical outcomes and the operational and financial performance of teams and individuals.


Main duties of the job

Leadership is a key factor to the success of this role, modelling and reinforcing the Trust’s values while providing support for nurses, midwives and AHP’s. You will work in partnership with the Hospital Director to ensure operational and clinical continuity with the site and provide them with clinical and professional advice. You will also work in tandem on the delivery of constitutional standards of clinical safety and quality. The role has professional accountability for the workforce, service delivery, clinical quality and safety and the implementation of the Trust’s Nursing strategy.

You will maintain personal clinical credibility by assisting with clinical care delivery when required and ensure professional knowledge and standards are current and based on the latest evidence. This will involve working with the Director of Patient Experience, Engagement and Involvement to ensure the voice of the patient and their family is heard in co-designing services and service improvement.

You will also support and develop your team, creating an environment where all professionals embrace improvement as an essential element of healthcare. You will demonstrate this through your efficient and positive response when change is needed, re-evaluating decisions in light of new data.


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



  • Registered Nurse/Midwife, 1st Level /1st Level Degree
  • Masters level qualification or evidence of post graduate study
  • Management qualification or additional short courses or experience to Doctorate level
  • A comprehensive / specialist understanding of the safeguarding children and adults processes


  • Leadership training
  • Management training



  • Considerable experience at senior nurse level (e.g. Matron) in an acute Health Care setting
  • Extensive knowledge of complex and acute (staff management/financial management and change management) including sound knowledge of Public involvement.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in the operational management of hospital services
  • Sound understanding of Health Service policy
  • Sound understanding of the National nursing and patient agendas
  • Advanced management / leadership experience of clinical teams
  • Sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management processes.
  • Clinically credible
  • Sound medical or clinical judgement
  • Ability to convey highly complex and contentious messages
  • Able to lead, motivate and influence individuals both within and external to the organisation
  • To facilitate good working relationships with other colleagues across Trust and Health Economy
  • Able to interpret complex information and take appropriate action and to provide expert advice as a result
  • Demonstrate political judgement and intellectual flexibility
  • Identify and interpret trends taking appropriate action as required
  • Ability to manage the complexities of working in a matrix environment


  • Service improvement methodology training



  • Excellent people management skills
  • Understanding of and expectation of invoking disciplinary / capability procedures when necessary
  • Proven experience of providing specialist training and education
  • Experience of developing training packages and education programmes


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