Head of Nursing for Acute and Assessment Service

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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Job overview

Head of Nursing for Acute and Assessment Services

This role will provide strategic and operational leadership and develop the clinical professional AHP and nursing profession across the Trusts services for the Acute and Assessment Services Division. This post will ensure the provision of a high quality, responsive and professional leadership / nursing service. It will provide professional lead/support to senior clinical nurses, senior nurse managers, named supervisees within the Trust and will work with the managers and senior clinicians in the Trust to ensure robust care.

Main duties of the job

The Head of Nursing will be working across Acute inpatient Services and Assessment Services in promoting:

- Quality improvement,

- NICE guidance,

- Patient Safety and Experience

- Safe care

- Reducing restrictive practice

- Reducing Ligature Harm

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of making a positive difference in people's lives.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Team Values (The What)

  1. Quality Improvement Striving for the best possible service.
  2. Quality Assurance Knowing that quality is being achieved to its highest standard.
  3. Enabling and Empowering Good Practice Ensuring that we promote the awareness of good practice and ensure good practice can be achieved and is celebrated.
  4. Efficiency Aiming for the most effective care with the least amount of pressure. Focusing on reduced duplication and reduced waste.

Team Strategy (The How)

  • Being a clinical influence on meetings that fit with the team Vision and Values.
  • Enabling others to focus on quality improvement by taking a lead on projects that improve care and safety.
  • Focusing on future team and Trust developments that keep to the team Vision and Values.

Person Specification



  • Clinical experience of working within Mental Health services in acute and/or assessment setting
  • Significantly developed clinical experience equivalent to 5 years' experience post registration
  • Proven ability to work successfully initiating change and identifying areas for collaborative working
  • Good understanding of the needs of service users and their carers
  • Ability to use research and Clinical Audit to improve practice
  • Clear understanding of Quality improvement and methodology
  • Clear understanding of acute and assessment services
  • Awareness of Reducing restrictive practice and improving closed cultures
  • Awareness of self harm and suicide harm minimisation


  • Completion of Quality Improvement Training



  • NMC/AHP qualification + registered with relevant governing body.
  • Educated at Degree level or above or relevant experience

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsway Campus, Derby



DE22 3LZ

Employer's website


For help with your application, contact:

Kyri Gregoriou



Date posted

08 July 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Kingsway Campus, Derby



DE22 3LZ

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