Director of Nursing

Location: CARE Nottingham

Contract Type: Full Time, Part Time

Closing Date: 30 April 2020

Salary: Competitive

Specific Hours: Full time or close to full time (minimum 30 hours)

Director of Nursing

CARE Fertility is a world-renowned fertility group, committed to delivering a market defining patient experience, we work tirelessly to continuously improve chances of success for our patients.

CARE Fertility has gone from strength to strength, we have had significant growth and have a strategy for further growth. We have invested in acquisitions, development of greenfield sites and have undertaken a refurbishment programme of several of our clinics. Our 550 colleagues across more than a dozen sites work in an environment where clinical and scientific developments are the norm. We have a strong track record of introducing new clinical services and technologies which lead to better patient outcomes.

Our nursing teams are the biggest part of our workforce and we are we are looking for a Director of Nursing to join our business and drive our nursing strategy forward. As a member of the Board of Directors, you will hold corporate responsibility, jointly with other Board members, for the strategic direction, corporate policy making and development and delivery of CARE Fertility’s objectives.

We expect our Director of Nursing to provide exceptional leadership to our Nurse Managers and our nursing workforce. You will determine the nursing development strategy for the group, reviewing the workforce plans and ensuring we have the teams to meet the needs of our patients now and in the future. We invest in our nursing teams’ development, you will be responsible for making sure we get the return on the investment, ensuring that the nursing extended role adds value to the business and is valued by employees too. You will also optimise our nursing processes and pathways, working collaboratively with the Directors and Operations Team on implementation of operational projects.

The role includes the clinical responsibilities you expect including leading and supporting on medicines management, infection prevention and control and ensuring a culture that values good clinical quality and governance.

What you’ll get from us is a supportive and collaborative team of Directors who are progressive and recognise the value of developing people.

This is a full time or close to full time role (minimum 30 hours). We offer a competitive salary and package and flexibility in how and where you perform your role. If you have proven ability to lead and develop teams as well as impact commercial success, we would like to hear from you. For an informal discussion, please contact Mark Wilcox, Group Medical Director at

More information on the role is available on our careers page at

Job Description

Job Title:  Director of Nursing  

Based at: Flexible location with weekly attendance at CARE’s Head Office in Nottingham, with UK wide travel.   

Hours: Full time or close to full time (minimum 30 hours)

Reporting Line:  Chief Executive Officer 

Job purpose:  To lead and direct the strategic, professional and clinical development of the nursing team - which comprises of nurses, midwives, sonographers, ODPs and healthcare assistants.

As a member of the Board of Directors, the Director of Nursing will hold corporate responsibility, jointly with other Board members, for the strategic direction, corporate policy making, and development and delivery of CARE Fertility’s objectives.

To work with other disciplines on the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of healthcare quality frameworks, to deliver service improvements and to ensure safe effective patient centred care.


1. Strategic

1.1 To contribute to the strategic and corporate direction and management of CARE fertility as a Director.
1.2 Provide nursing advice to the Group Board, Managers and Clinicians in accordance with National Policies.
1.3 Work collaboratively with the Group Medical Director and Group Governance Director to develop a culture which embeds clinical quality and governance and monitors its effectiveness.
1.4 To redesign service delivery on a system wide scale with the Director of Operations and Group Medical Director in order to continuously improve the patient journey and staff working conditions, whilst balancing budgetary constraints.
1.5 To be responsible for optimising nursing processes and pathways and standardising these across the group.
1.6 To lead the Medicines Management Group within CARE and to oversee/support the implementation and review of medicines management policies and audit to ensure best practice.
1.7 Work collaboratively with the Directors and Operations Team on implementing operational projects which will bring commercial and efficiency gains to the business.
1.8 To lead, alongside the Group Medical Director, the Nurse Sedation project and to be responsible for rolling this out across the group.



2. Professional Leadership

2.1 Have dotted line accountability for Nurse Managers across CARE clinics and provide strong, effective and visible professional leadership to the nursing teams at CARE fertility working, with the Clinic Director and Medical Director of each clinic.
2.2 Develop and lead the implementation of a nursing strategy to support the Group’s strategic vision, monitoring its implementation and effectiveness to promote best practice and reporting to Board Level.
2.3 To attend and support the Infection Prevention and Control meeting, leading the implementation of best practice within the CARE Group.
2.4 Develop a culture within the nursing teams which values professional development and empowers staff to achieve excellence in the delivery of patient care.
2.5 Provide leadership and facilitate the development of nursing research and its application to fertility nursing. Advise the Group Board on professional nursing issues, including any changes to nursing roles and responsibilities.
2.6 Ensure the maintenance of professional standards of care, within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Cof Professional Practice.
2.7 To provide leadership to the Counsellors across the Group, attend the Group wide Counsellor meetings and ensure they have the support and guidance they require from the Company.


3. Corporate Leadership

3.1 Contribute to the management and strategic development of CARE’s services in accordance with local operational needs, education, development and research priorities within available financial resources.
3.2 Contribute to CARE’s business planning process by being aware of and advising on the nursing implications of legislative requirements (of the statutory authorities) in relation to the provision of fertility nursing.
3.3 Share corporate responsibility to promote CARE fertility within the wider community and develop sustainable partnerships with the NHS and other independent health care providers. 
3.4 Represent CARE at regional/national/international levels on professional nursing, fertility nursing and corporate issues, developing partnerships, sharing best practice and integrating this knowledge within CARE fertility.


4. Service Development

4.1 With the HR Director, be responsible for the development of recruitment, retention and return to nursing strategies to enhance job satisfaction and career development for the nursing and donation teams.
4.2 Support the Head of Donation in improving the Donation service with regards to professional nursing matters.
4.3 With HR and the Director of Operations, develop and review workforce plans for the nursing teams, advising the board on issues of skill mix, deployment and utilisation of the nursing workforce consistent with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards.
4.4 The post holder will need to work closely with the Clinic Directors, Operations Director and Finance Director to assess, plan and budget for headcount.  At all times balancing the local needs with budgetary pressures.  Working on innovative and progressive ways to free up resource and streamline processes to satisfy local resourcing needs in an efficient manner.

5. Organisational Development

5.1 Ensure as Director of Nursing you are regularly visible at all clinics.
5.2 Chair the Nurse Managers’ meetings. Regularly attend Directors, Operations, Clinic Executive and Quality and Clinical Governance meetings. Attend other meetings as required e.g. Board meeting, Medical Directors meetings. Ensure all information is communicated throughout the nursing and donation teams as appropriate.
5.3 Promote the integration of the nursing and donation teams across sites and disciplines, ensuring that effective multidisciplinary team working is encouraged and maximised.
5.4 To ensure that the incentives driving behaviours and activities within the nursing teams are aligned with the corporate strategy and agreed by all.


6. Staff Development

6.1 To ensure all nursing team members demonstrate and evidence competence to safely and adequately undertake their roles.
6.2 To work with the Nurse Manager’s to identify potential Nursing Associates within the Group and develop them. 
6.3 To work with the Nurse Managers to ensure that all nursing team members participate in a CPD scheme.
6.4 To ensure that systems and processes are in place to provide appropriate support to registered nurses and midwives on NMC Revalidation and Sonographers and ODP’s on HCPC CPD programmes.
6.5 To ensure that Nursing Team and Donation Team managers have the skills to effectively manage their teams and provide the leadership required.
6.6 To promote and facilitate opportunities for nursing team members to undertake research.



1. To comply with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s Code of Practice, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009 and GDPR, with special reference to patient confidentiality.
2. To comply with the Health and Safety policies with particular reference to procedures to be followed in the event of a fire and to report all accidents and untoward incidents to the Health and Safety officer.
3. To undertake mandatory training as required, including health and safety, fire, manual handling.
4. Actively participate in CARE’s performance management processes and competency assessment processes.
5. To comply with Infection Control policies and procedures.



Person Specification


• Professional Nursing or Midwifery Qualification and registered with the NMC.
• Evidence of recent management and leadership development
• Evidence of Continuous Professional and Personal Development

• Degree qualification or equivalent
• Management Qualification



• Experience in a leadership role.
• Experience in the management of complex projects
• Experience of effective partnership and working with internal and external stakeholders.
• Experience in the management of budgets.
• Demonstrable track record of achievement in quality, patient safety and patient experience.
• Experience of enhancing and develop patient pathways

• Previous Board experience as a Director of Nursing.
• Previous Head of Nursing experience or equivalent.
• Evidence of actively participating in service improvement and efficiency.



• Strong influencing skills with the ability to shape development across the business.
• Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
• Must have a rounded commercial outlook on their role and be as proud to make the teams more efficient as they are to make the teams more effective.
• Strong IT skills



• Be willing to have difficult conversations with others when local processes or intentions do not match the strategic priorities of the group.
• Strong communicator across all levels within an organisation.
• A great team builder.
• Able to delegate.
• Ability to adapt Leadership style to various situations
• Lead by example, promoting the highest standards of personal and professional conduct


• Extensive knowledge of clinical and corporate governance and the application across the healthcare sector.

• Knowledge of clinical and corporate governance in fertility.


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