Executive Recruitment
East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date:
6th January
Job Ref:

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Wednesday 6th January 2020
Preliminary Interview
Wednesday 13th January 2020
Virtual Stakeholder Panels
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Virtual Panel Interviews
Thursday 21st January 2021

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As one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics, we serve a local population of around 695,000 people and provide specialist services for a far wider population.  Our reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in urology, kidney disease, and vascular services, as well as for our research and innovation is both national and international.  Our pursuit of excellence is at the heart of all that we do, and we are proud of our achievements – from being ranked first in Kent for clinical research studies to the number of examples of ‘outstanding practice’ identified by CQC in their last report, which saw us retain our “Requires Improvement” rating but which sets us further on the path to achieving an overall rating of Good. 

Development of new facilities including the hyper acute stroke units at William Harvey, Darent Valley and Maidstone Hospitals and a successful bid to add capacity to our emergency department will further our ability to respond to the needs of our growing local population, whilst ensuring we are well placed to contribute across the wider transformation of health and social care provision at a system level. Our pioneering Coastal and Remote strategy developed with the Nuffield Trust will help us to ensure we're providing the best services to some of our hard to reach communities and will provide new and innovative roles in nursing practice

Certainly we have much to be proud of, however there is also much to do.  The challenges presented by the current pandemic, concerns of failures in fundamental standards of care and reports of behaviour which contravenes the value we place on our people cannot and should not be ignored.  As a Trust we do not underestimate the challenges we face, but we do so with ambition and a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve and the experiences of staff and patients alike. Our “We Care” Quality Improvement Programme is predicated on the importance of empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. It’s a key part of our improvement journey – it’s how we’re going to achieve our vision of great healthcare from great people for every patient, every time. 

We are seeking a Chief Nursing Officer to provide professional leadership, advocacy and advice to the Board and body of nurses, midwives and AHPs within the Trust. As an ambassador for nursing, you will take ownership of the nursing workforce agenda, assuring quality and safety to evidence the excellence of patient care. You will also take an innovative approach to the development of a competency- based workforce, maximising professional role development and our support roles. With a relentless focus on fundamental standards, you will enable your staff to work at the top of their capability, deliver effective high-quality services, ensuring regulatory compliance. You will engage clinical teams and front-line staff in quality improvement and enable our care groups to keep quality and patient experience central to their priorities.

Our future must be shaped around our people and supported by inclusive leadership and robust governance.  It is imperative that we seek out those leaders who embody our values and commit wholeheartedly to supporting our staff to achieve our priorities.   

For an informal and confidential discussion, contact Melanie Shearer, Serena Dobson or Julia St Clare on  07807 631 564 at GatenbySanderson.

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