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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

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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.

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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.

Please ensure that you have read the Job Description in full before applying and that referees provided are your Line Managers over the last 3 years.

It is also important that any gaps in your employment history during this period are accounted for.

The Trust welcomes applications from everyone, especially those from underrepresented groups. There are a number of initiatives to support staff members from diverse backgrounds including:

  • Belief Initiatives and Support
  • Charity/ Volunteering
  • Diversity &Inclusion Training
  • Disability Support
  • Early Careers Initiatives
  • Ex- Armed forces Initiatives
  • Home working/ Flexible working Initiatives
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • General Accessibility
  • Staff Network Groups

If you need more information, or help with the application process, please see the HR Mission Statement (to the right) or contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 or 01444 448616.

All staff members have a responsibility to treat colleagues, patients and clients with respect and to ensure that work environments remain secure, inclusive and mutually supportive.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications, however 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 UK Border Agency website.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals ensures equity of access and the delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences and needs

Please note we are a Smoke Free Trust. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Premises, grounds or in any Trust owned vehicle.

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

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

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