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Chief Nurse

Job Reference: 379-CHFMAR004-19

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Chief Executive Office
Royal Sussex County Hospital & Princess Royal Hospital, Brighton & Haywards Heath

About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the CQC – fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme and are an ERS Silver accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

Do you want an exciting career opportunity in a dynamic Trust?

We’re looking for a new Chief Nurse – someone with energy and passion who wants to make a real difference.

Rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission in January and ‘Outstanding’ for Caring, we want a Chief Nurse who can lead our 2,300 strong team of fantastic nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals to build on this success.

Based in a vibrant city and surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) is the Major Trauma Centre for the south east coast and an acute teaching hospital, providing district general and specialised services locally and across the region.

With an experienced executive leadership team, a clear focus on quality and a supportive culture, there has never been a more exciting time to join our Trust.

Our ambitions for the future are underpinned by the Trust’s philosophy of Patient First, our long-term approach to transforming hospital services by applying principles of lean management at all levels of the organisation.

We give our staff the training, tools and freedom to work out where new opportunities lie, and the skills and support to make change happen on a sustainable basis. Along with colleagues across our hospitals they are continuously delivering and developing exceptional quality care with the highest of safety standards.

You will enjoy the same commitment to training and support and benefit from working with one of the most successful executive teams in the NHS, led by Marianne Griffiths – ranked No.1 in the Health Service Journal’s list of leading chief executives for 2018.

A key member of the leadership team and a voting Board member, the Chief Nurse will lead the development and delivery of clinical and professional standards and the development of leadership capacity within nursing, midwifery and healthcare professionals.

As our Executive lead in a number of key areas, including patient safety, patient experience and safeguarding you will be a highly motivated experienced leader with excellent communications skills.

Choose to work at BSUH and you will find we offer an open, collaborative working environment in which you will be encouraged to develop your leadership, improvement and innovation skills. You will be supported personally and professionally by a commitment to care and compassion that applies as much to our staff as it does to our patients. We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all.

BSUH is also a great choice for your lifestyle. Our hospitals in Haywards Heath and Brighton have on their doorstep beautiful beaches, a buzzing city and tranquil countryside; and they benefit from excellent schools and easy transport access to London, Gatwick Airport and beyond.

Please apply with your CV






If you would like to discuss the exciting opportunities this role offers or would like to arrange a visit please contact Denise Farmer, Chief Workforce and Development Officer on 01903 285055.

General information for applicants

Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

We may also use our substantive adverts to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH specification for that role you may be offered a bank post. Please note our Bank hourly rates are outlined on a separate payscale.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the website searching for Tier 2.

Please apply as early as you're able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our 'Current Vacancies' and apply for the next suitable position.

Further Information

Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.

For further more information, or help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 /448616 or by email:

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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. The UK Visas and Immigration department 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 UK Visas and Immigration 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

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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