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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/04/2021.

Chief Nurse and Corporate Clinical Governance Lead

Job Reference: 918-NM7020

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Clinical Services
National - Location by Agreement
£75,914 to £87,754 per annum

Shape the nursing capabilities of a high performing organisation.

We have a very simple remit at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) – we want to save and enhance as many lives as possible. We do this through a combination of in-depth knowledge that is shared across the organisation and a progressive attitude to developing and enhancing our know-how through cutting-edge research – all underpinned by the selflessness of our donors and their families.


To achieve this we:

  • collect and process over 1.6 million units of blood and platelets annually to ensure a constant supply of blood to hospitals from 5,500 donors giving blood every day;
  • make possible some 9,000 organ and cornea transplants every year;
  • retrieve and store other tissues like skin and bone ready for patient use;
  • manufacture a range of specialist therapeutic blood products;
  • provide a number of related services such as solid organ tissue typing and cord blood banking;
  • provide apheresis services directly to patients;
  • manage the NHS Organ Donor Register (which currently has nearly 24 million names) and the British Bone Marrow Registry;
  • support a significant research and development programme operated in partnership with a number of the UK's leading universities; and
  • provide expert advice to other NHS organisations, the Department of Health and Social Care, Ministers and devolved administrations.

To put this into context, we:

  • collect 1.6 million units of blood and platelets every year from a donor base of over 800,000;
  • support the donation of 4,035 organs for transplantation, and a registry of over 25m organ donors;
  • support 5,800 tissue donations;
  • bank 1,400 cord blood units;
  • register donors to the British Bone Marrow Registry, on which there are 27 million donors worldwide.

These statistics are fantastic – but we are always hungry to achieve even more. Join us, and you could play a vital role in this ambition. With the scope to develop your own skills while enhancing those of your colleagues, this is an exciting opportunity to take your career to new heights.


About the role

This role reports into the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Services and sits on the Clinical Services Senior Management Team (SMT). Providing exceptional nursing leadership across the Clinical Services Directorate, you will be the corporate lead for clinical governance, ensuring we have robust processes in place that are adhered to and that incidents are appropriately investigated. We are always keen to learn from every experience (both good and bad), so you will be accountable for the delivery of our clinical audit programme, heading up our Clinical Audit, Risk and Effectiveness Committee (CARE), and working in partnership with other Chief Nurses to share key information and knowledge. This is a highly visible role in which you will maintain our meticulous standards, so you will instil confidence in your team’s ability to handle every clinical decision. As a member of the SMT, you will maintain oversight of risk management, always championing the need to put the patient at the heart of every activity. Crucially, you will shape and implement an exceptional recruitment, career and educational development plan for our nurses, ensuring we are able to attract and retain the best colleagues.


About you

As the most senior nurse in the directorate, you will be an inspirational leader with a determination to constantly review and improve our services. You will therefore be an experienced NMC registered nurse with evidence of post-registration educational development. You will also:

  • Have the ability to lead the nursing agenda within a large and complex organisation. As such, you will have experience of managing and improving services, and you will be able to turn a strategic vision into practical reality.
  • Know how to best plan services and utilise the people and resources available to you.
  • Bring exceptional influencing and communication skills to the role. This will be particularly relevant when setting standards for other nurses to match and handling conflicting views between professionals.
  • Have experience of leading colleagues at a senior level.


About us

NHSBT is (in our opinion) the most exceptional healthcare organisation in the world. Our people are central to this success, so when you join us, you can expect a benefits package that reflects just how much we value our staff. From multiple progression and development opportunities through to generous staff discounts, a highly desirable pension scheme, plenty of annual leave and a great work/life balance, this is a place where you will always be valued.


We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.


This is a national vacancy, the successful candidate may be based at any of our main centres in the UK, final location to be agreed at interview.

For further details please contact Lorraine Tresnak on

Closing date for applications is Sunday 4th April 21

Interviews will be held virtually on Monday 19th April 21

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Three small words, one big difference - Caring, Expert and Quality.

Together we'll save and improve more lives than ever

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