Divisional head of nursing & professions

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We’re looking for an experienced senior nurse, allied health professional or healthcare scientist to join University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) as divisional head of nursing and professions (DHN) in division D. In this role, you will work to assure the provision of safe, effective and evidence based care as the divisional, professional and clinical lead for all nurses and healthcare professions. If you have the passion, knowledge and experience to be a core member of our senior divisional management team, we would love to hear from you.


Our Specialist Services and Major Trauma Centre form Division D and consist of Cardiovascular & Thoracic, Trauma and Orthopaedics, the Wessex Neurological Centre & Neurosciences Care group and Radiology. The Cardiovascular & Thoracic, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Neurosciences Care Groups are regional centres that provide specialist care and treatment to a population of approximately 3 million people. The Radiology care group provides Trust wide diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services. As one of the largest radiology services in the country we undertake over 320,000 examinations a year. 


As DHN you will be a highly visible presence accountable to the director of nursing. You’ll work to ensure the provision of high quality, evidence based, responsive services that hold the needs of the patient at the centre of care delivery. You’ll also:

  • be the divisional lead for specific quality agendas
  • lead corporate projects as agreed by the director of nursing
  • lead on developments and innovation in nursing and practice standards
  • lead on developing standards using clinical governance frameworks, patient feedback and audit
  • work within the financial framework while leading the continual review of standards in clinical practice

As a core member of the divisional management team (DMT), you’ll support the achievement of strategic plans and projects; ensuring the directorate meets its agreed targets within the available resources.


You’ll need to be an inspiring and motivated nurse, AHP or HCS leader, who’s committed to the consistent delivery of high standards of compassionate care, with the ability to challenge and influence practice. You’ll need to  have experience of leading nursing, clinical services, and trust-wide initiatives, as well as a proven track record putting safety, quality and patient experience at the heart. We’ll also be looking for you to demonstrate experience in:

  • budget management
  • formal and informal teaching
  • staff and resource management
  • project management and delivery

Applications are welcome from all nursing, allied health profession, and healthcare scientist backgrounds with a relevant registration


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.                     

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

https://www.uhs-vle.co.uk/   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS

http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthamptonHospitals   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:


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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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11 September 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £61,777 - £72,597 per annum pro rata GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

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