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Chief Nurse

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is seeking a Chief Nurse to join our team who is passionate about improving care and patient experience and inspiring and leading our workforce.

There has not been a better time to join our Trust. We have some outstanding examples of innovative care that are transforming our services and the experience for our patients.

We are looking for an experienced Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience and Quality to help drive forward this ambition to embed excellent care across all our services. We also want to be the best and most enjoyable place for nurses to pursue their career. This role will support this commitment to create a great culture and place to work.

We aim to be in the best 20% of hospitals in the country and provide incredible care to our patients. We want to attract colleagues who are prepared to contribute to our journey with passion, compassion, energy and determination.

We are looking for a candidate that will provide outstanding professional leadership, advocacy and advice to the Board and our nursing, midwifery, allied health professional and care staff; and provide direction and implementation of our quality and patient experience strategy.

Acting as an ambassador for nursing, you will take ownership of the nursing workforce agenda, assuring quality and safety to evidence excellence in 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.

In liaison with other nurse and professional leaders you will ensure care is integrated and delivered to a uniformly high standard across our geography. You will work closely with universities and other education providers to develop an appropriate and available professional and caring workforce.

As an Executive Director, you will contribute to the overall Trust strategy and daily running, working effectively with other Exec Directors and the CEO to ensure the organisation is well governed. You will role-model the values and behaviours of the Trust in all you do.

Kent is a beautiful county which has just been chosen as the location of a new medical school. There are opportunities to live in historic towns, beautiful villages or stunning coastal locations.

This is an incredibly rewarding role. If you have the skills, experience and ambition to really make a difference we would love to hear from you.

How to submit an application: Applications should be made on under Reference Number 344-0360CFK. A full curriculum vitae/resume should be attached.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Helen Pope, Executive PA to CEO at or telephone 01227 7226379 if you would like an informal discussion about the role with Susan Acott, Chief Executive.


Chief Nurse

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Hever Ct Rd, Gravesend DA12 5EG, UK

Published on 30 Jan 2019