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Chief Nurse

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An attractive package
Full Time 37.5hrs per week
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An attractive package
02/08/2019 23:59
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Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH) We are a multiple award-winning, modern and friendly trust, with a growing reputation for providing outstanding care across our three hospitals and in the Mid Nottinghamshire community. We have a stable leadership team, a clear sense of direction and we are working very closely with our health and local authority partners in the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), to deliver a better future for the population we serve. Our staff and volunteers strive to ensure patients are at the centre of our decision making.

At SFH we value our staff.  We know happy, well supported staff provide high quality care to patients. We want all patients to receive the level of care we expect our friends and family to receive and we are making progress with this aim. We have the highest staff engagement scores across the Midlands and in 2018, the Care Quality Commission assessed us as Good Overall and Outstanding for the Care we provide.

We offer a growing range of staff benefits, excellent training facilities and a modern, well equipped working environment. We are committed to supporting colleagues to maximise their potential and enjoy satisfying careers, underpinned by our staff health and wellbeing strategy; ‘Happy, Healthy, Here’. 

If our vision and values appeal to you, now is the time to join #Team SFH. 


Hello and thank you for your interest in this exciting role and opportunity.

The search has begun for the new Chief Nurse at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This very senior leadership role will be vacant from the end of December 2019 because Suzanne Banks, our fantastic Chief Nurse, is retiring. Suzanne and her team have delivered truly impressive improvements over the last couple of years and she will leave the Trust and the local health and social care system in a very strong position.

The role reports into me (Chief Executive) and the Chief Nurse is a key senior ally in achieving our two key expectations:

  • We expect all patients to receive the same standard of care we would want our friends and family to have and
  • We would like all colleagues to be treated with the same values we believe are important; support, kindness and respect.

We are proud of our achievements at Sherwood; we consistently provide safe, high quality care, our staff engagement scores are the best in the Midlands, the CQC rated us as Good Overall and Outstanding for Care in 2018, our emergency care performance is the best in the East Midlands, we have delivered our financial control total for the last three years, we have a rapidly growing research programme, we have a deliverable strategy (see attached) which closely aligns us to local health and social care partners and we are buddying with another trust to support them with quality, governance and engagement. Evidence suggests Sherwood is a special place to work and I promise you I am not just saying it. If you do not believe me, please talk to colleagues who are already part of the team here!

Suzanne and her team have achieved record levels of recruitment to nursing, midwifery and AHPs roles, she has raised the profile of our AHP workforce through the appointment of  two excellent substantive Associate Chief AHPs, she has improved quality, safety and patient experience, led on local, regional and national work on menopause awareness and has delivered with local health and social care partners incredibly important work to some of the most vulnerable members of society through the Street Health work. We are in a good place but we also recognise we are far from perfect. Like other trusts we continue to experience high levels of demand, not all of our colleagues enjoy their experience at Sherwood and we need to continue to improve the Trust’s and the local health and social care system’s financial performance.

I am looking for a Chief Nurse of the highest calibre. It does not matter whether you are currently an established Chief Nurse or looking for your first Board role. What does matter is that the successful candidate will be able to evidence they consistently deliver results and at least as importantly is that they deliver them in the right way; through support, kindness and respect. The new Chief Nurse will play an active role in shaping our senior leadership team agenda and will have significant influence over decisions involving the Mid Nottinghamshire region.

If you want to join a team that has already achieved a huge amount but also has its best times ahead of it, please contact me directly for a conversation:

Given the importance of this role, it is unlikely candidates will be taken through to the interview stage unless they contact me for a conversation in advance of shortlisting.

We are working to the following timeline:

  • Job goes live: Thursday 11 July – we are not using a recruitment firm because I believe the job and the Trust will “sell itself”. The process will be absolutely open, fair and transparent and I want to attract a large field of strong candidates. I will be accessing information from the National Leadership Academy as one way of identifying suitable candidates.
  • Job closes: Friday 2 August .
  • All candidates contacted to confirm if they have made the shortlist: COP Tuesday 6 August
  • Interviews: Wednesday 21 August – I recognise August is not the best month to interview, so we will be flexible with the interview date, but ideally it will be this day. I would recommend all candidates being interviewed visit the Trust at least once before their interview.
  • We would like to have our new Chief Nurse substantively in the Trust at the beginning of November to ensure a full handover can take place.

I am delighted I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Suzanne over the last two years and I am looking forward to meeting all of the candidates interested in this exciting role.

Thank you for reading this.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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