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Executive Director of Quality and Safety (Chief Nurse)


Main area
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
B1 - Trust HQ
£118,842 £118,842
Salary period
26/04/2021 23:59

Please note that this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Our Trust is committed to treating individuals fairly and ensuring they have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential, even if this means doing things differently for different people sometimes. We are working hard to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity within Birmingham and Solihull and that our services meet the needs of all diverse service users and carers.

Job overview

This is your chance to join our team at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), one of the most innovative mental health trusts in the country, at a pivotal time when the opportunities to make a real difference for the future have never been greater.

There has never been a more exciting time to become part of the leadership of our Trust. As we reflect on the past few months, we are determined that as we deliver our future strategy we will not lose some of the things we have achieved and changed for the better. As we see demand for our services increasing, we have an opportunity to continue to think differently and innovatively about how we provide care and how we harness the enormous appetite and enthusiasm across the organisation to do this, a time to truly embed our QI approach. 




Main duties of the job

We are looking for an exceptional individual who will live, act, and strive to our values and vision. If you are looking for a position which will provide an opportunity to play an important and influential role, both within our organisation and the wider health and care system, a role that will stretch your leadership and enhance your learning in a supportive environment, then we look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in due course.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for the whole NHS. At BSMHFT we have taken this opportunity to work together to think differently and adapt the way we are working to enable our services to continue running. We have achieved amazing things, and adapted our Quality Improvement (QI) approach to support all that we do and remained absolutely focused on our top priority of delivering of safe, high quality care.

Working for our organisation

Co-created with our Trust colleagues, service users, carers and local partners our new five-year strategy will be underpinned by three newly revised values - Compassionate; Committed; Inclusive - which will shape everything that we do, and the way we do it.

Our strategy sets out our ambition to provide the best care across our diverse communities and work as an integrated health and care system within the Birmingham and Solihull ICS to eradicate the inequalities that COVID-19 has so clearly reinforced  prevail. Our focus will also be on how we support, recognise, engage and develop all of our 4,000 colleagues across the Trust, ensuring that BSMHFT is a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive, and feels confident in speaking out without fear. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to Masters or Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (RN/RNMH/RNLD)


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed inter-personal, communications and organisation skills appropriate to Board level appointments
  • Strategic vision, can formulate strategy in addition to undertaking operational needs
  • Analytical and interpretative skills

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Strong alignment with the Trust’s values: Compassionate, Committed and Inclusive
  • Strong personal commitment to and a track record of delivery on equality diversity and inclusion for service users and the workforce.
  • Demonstrates a leadership style which is visible, compassionate and collaborative


Essential criteria
  • A wide range, and breadth of experience of operating at Board or sub-Board level in the NHS.
  • Extensive experience of working on transformational and cultural change programmes
  • Experience of system working and delivery of successful collaborative partnership working
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as a Board level Director of Nursing
  • Experience of working in a Mental Health Trust or Foundation Trust
We are a Living Wage EmployerArmed Forces CovenantPositive about disabled peopleStonewall Health ChampionsDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

via Peter Mason
Job title
Odgers Berndtson
Email address
Additional information

Please note that the Trust has engaged with a third party agency to support the recruitment of this key, senior role. We recommend that that candidates contact Peter Mason at Odgers Berndtson before submitting an application.

We are passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and so particularly welcome applications from people with a range of diverse backgrounds who would role model our approach.