Chief of Nursing and Midwifery

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


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    07 October 2019

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    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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As a Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has much to be proud of.  Our latest inspection by CQC gave us yet more to be proud of as it reflected many examples of good and outstanding care and provided us with an overall ‘Good’ rating. As a well performing, well led and ambitious Foundation Trust, we have exciting times ahead of us. We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Buckinghamshire. We are proud of the strong links we have to our communities, our engaged and caring workforce (comprising over 8,500 people), and our reputation for delivering effective, safe care. Certainly, this is a time to reflect and recognise our many outstanding achievements. But it is also the time to look to the future. 

The financial and demand challenges mean that the NHS is not sustainable in the way it has operated for over 70 years. In Frimley Health we must change at pace in this era of empowered patients, chronic health conditions and new technologies to continue to provide excellence in care in the future. There are opportunities to drive synergies and efficiencies across our diverse, multi-site organisation and we are committed to transforming our models of care to achieve them. Our strategy is to be a leader in health and wellbeing, delivering excellence for our communities. There are significant programmes of investment, such as a £49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site; plans for a brand new £98m state of the art hospital to replace the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood in Ascot, for which the Chief of Nursing and Midwifery will play an important role in shaping clinical pathways and transformation plans. We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. 

We are committed to ensuring the continuous development of our ambitious and engaged workforce and the Trust has active and successful recruitment and retention initiatives from which to build further. This includes overseas Nurse recruitment consistently achieving OSCE pass rates of 100%; 125 Nursing Associates in training during 2019/20; increased Student Nurse/Midwife placement capacity of 125 this year; and 14 Trust wide Nursing & Midwifery Ambassadors recruited to support the 2020 Nursing Now campaign. We have a strong culture of patient safety supported by our quality improvement programme

We are now seeking a Chief of Nursing and Midwifery who can play an integral role in leading and inspiring our team of fantastic Nurses, Midwives and healthcare professionals. A key member of the leadership team and a voting Board Member, the Chief of Nursing and Midwifery will lead the development and delivery of clinical and professional standards and the development of leadership capacity within Nursing, Midwifery and healthcare professionals, and will be our Executive lead in a number of key areas, including patient safety, patient experience and safeguarding, as well as the clinical leadership of our QI programme.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated experienced Nurse leader with excellent communications skills to work as part of our dedicated and experienced Executive Leadership Team. We are looking for someone with a passion for patient care and the ability to think strategically and to work effectively as part of a team. Able to drive innovation and inspire those around them, above all else you will evidence a commitment and aspiration to drive continuous improvement and have strong ambition to deliver the best for the populations we serve. 

Closing dateMonday 7th October 2019
Preliminary interviewsFriday 25th October 2019
Assessments & Referencingw/c 28th October 2019
Final panelFriday 15th November 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Contact details
Serena Dobson: 07530 627120

Melanie Shearer: 07785 616 548

Julia St Clare: 0203 854 2203