Chief Nursing Officer Recruitment


Thank you for thinking about joining our organisation.  We are a little bit different, and over the next five years we hope to use that difference to really transform outcomes and tackle health inequalities.

To be clear, RDaSH is in transition.  That is why your skills could be just what we need.  And why this might be the moment for you to come on board.  There is a real chance for you to help shape what we do and for you to achieve with us.  In 2024 we will begin to meet the commitments we have made to local people in the 28 promises, which form our five year strategy.

We work in three places:  North Lincolnshire, around Scunthorpe, which is a rural community south of the Humber; Rotherham on the edge of the city of Sheffield, a place with real inequality but a remarkable regeneration over recent years; and the newly crowned city of Doncaster with its cohesive tradition of general practice joint working.  All in just short of 750,000 people look to us for their mental health care – adults, kids, and older adults – and about 250,000 rely on us for physical healthcare too.  We provide autism and learning disability services across the whole patch.

Three quarters of our services are rated good or outstanding.  Having been Chief Executive for half a year I think those positive views are about right.  Likewise, our staff survey results consistently suggest a good place to work with positive relationships and some real strengths around psychological safety and inclusion.  Yet we have work to do:  data is often hard to find, we need to focus on outcomes, some of our services struggle for staff, and finances in both our ICBs are tight.  We are constantly curious about the risks and challenges faced by our teams, and very ambitious about making quality improvement happen.

We have a high calibre Board, with a balance of organisational memory and more recent joiners.  The chair of governors, Jo Cox, brings real knowledge of the local community, of our services, and of our partnerships with health and justice.  If successful, you would join a team that is shaping up to support a very ambitious and radical five-year strategy that aims to “nurture the power in our communities”.

This is a fast-paced transition requiring someone who wants to make a real difference.  The Trust benefits from outstanding research capability and strong service-user partnerships.  If we can bridge between those two assets and create a listening enterprise that experiments for the right results, we can do something to be proud of.  That will not happen unless we reflect and honour the diversity of our population and our teams:  right now that is not true in senior leadership, and it has to be true over the coming two years.

As the Chief Nursing Officer you will be responsible for professional standards and the development of our nursing colleagues, ensuring outstanding clinical and research practice. You will lead the Trust’s Quality and Safety Plan, working closely with the Medical Director and the Director of Psychological & Allied Health Professions. Importantly, freedom to speak up is led through this role, and we are passionate about making sure everyone in our organisation can raise their voice and make a difference.  Making a difference matters most to us, so we are looking for a colleague who is focused on outcomes, improving care – and who is committed to the fight back against the inequalities which mar the daily lives of many local people.

If you want to discuss whether our hopes and your skills match, please get in touch directly, and explore our offer with our appointed consultants too.