Lead Nurse Adult Congenital Heart Disease

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:£48,526 - £54,619
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Lead Nurse Adult Congenital Heart Disease Band 8a

Main area

CHD Network


Band 8a




Part time - 15 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£48,526 - £54,619 pa pro rata

Salary period



13/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

Are you a highly motivated and skilled nurse with a cardiac background and leadership experience? An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Congenital Heart Disease team at the Thames Valley and Wessex Operational Delivery Network. Would you like to join a team of highly skilled heal health care professionals to shape the care of adults with congenital heart disease throughout the region? As the Lead Nurse for ACHD you will provide nursing leadership across the region, acting as a source of expertise, advice and knowledge for providers, commissioning and ICBs. You will work alongside the CHD ODN team to deliver on nationally agreed programmes of work and lead on the regional development of ACHD care and services.

This role is primarily a home working however the ability and flexibility to travel to regional and national meetings and clinical and non-clinical settings is essential.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Thames Valley and Wessex Congenital Heart Disease Network is responsible for ensuring the delivery of seamless high-quality care, in line with national standards from fetal life into adulthood across the region. The network is hosted by the Level 1 centre at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and delivers high quality care, education and research across the region in partnership with the Level 2 service based at Oxford University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust (OUH) and numerous Level 3 centres across the Thames Valley and Wessex region and parts of the South West.

The Lead Nurse for ACHD will provide clinical and strategic nursing leadership across the CHD Operational Delivery Network. They will oversee the co- ordination of services across the CHD Network to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and evidence based adult congenital cardiac nursing care in line with the National Congenital Heart Disease Standards. This will be achieved by working collaboratively with the Paediatric Lead Nurse for CHD, Network Clinical Directors, Network Manager, commissioners, ICB's and provider organisations.

They will be a core member of the CHD ODN board, leading on the development and implementation of the network work plan and the development of network guidelines. They will also support and advise provider organisations in their development of CHD guidelines.

The post-holder will work collaboratively with CHD Network Lead Nurses nationally to achieve national goals and share learning between networks.

They will lead the development of a strategy for engagement for CHD with carers and patients throughout the network.

You will work as part of the Children's and Young Peoples ODN for Thames Valley and Wessex within the leadership team to lead the strategic and operational development of coherent and effective network arrangements, and delivery of a programme of work that addresses national and local priorities, leading on user engagement and risk management.

You will also, in partnership with the ODN Education team to play a key role in delivering education and training for ACHD across the ODN.


You will provide strategic professional nursing leadership and expert clinical advice for the development of the CHD ODN and act as a focal point for ACHD nursing within the Network. Working with the ODN Education Leads, Paediatric CHD ODN Lead Nurse, Divisional Education Leads, and Cardiac Nurse Educators you will ensure that an education and training programme is in place for CHD nurses and nurses with an interest in CHD across the network.

Working with the Network Manager, you will focus on patient experience, equity of access to care, quality and effectiveness through comparative benchmarking and auditing of services against national standards, with implementation of required improvements.

In collaboration with the Clinical Leads, you will provide expert advice on matters relating to ACHD care throughout the region. You will lead on the development of specific guidance, SOPs and protocols as relevant to the development of the Network. Working with the ODN team you will ensure that nationally set specifications and standards of service are consistently met, and common protocols are in use across the network.

  • Proven leadership and management experience.
  • Experience of service introduction, redesign and change.
  • Experience of working within a clinically related network with a high level of knowledge and skill in congenital heart disease.
  • Experience of involvement in national strategic planning and nursing developments or specialist area policy/guideline development.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously as part of a wider multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in presenting and teaching both locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Experience of research and audit.
  • Confident of their own knowledge base in Congenital Heart Disease.
  • Able to work from home using trust IT systems.
  • Able to travel around the region when required to clinical and non- clinical settings.

    Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 22 February 2023

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Alex Elsen: [email protected] (ODN Manager) 07385392948

    Cate Smith: [email protected] (Lead Nurse, Paediatric CHD ODN) 07990 701813

    Aisling Carroll: [email protected] (Clinical Lead, CHD ODN)

    Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse on the NMC register
  • Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Evidence of continuing post graduate study at Level 7 within relevant speciality or extensive experience in education, extensive cardiac experience, leadership, clinical skills and proven evidence of complex communication with families and professionals
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Relevant post-registration experience
  • Reputation for professional excellence with a track record of practice development.
  • Evidence of change management, leadership and innovation
  • Evidence of involvement with risk and governance
  • Experience of budget management
  • Experience of working within clinically related networks such as ODNs
  • Experience working within research projects
  • Up to date clinical practice training
  • Involvement in national strategic planning and nursing developments or specialist areas policy/guideline development
  • Local/National/international presentation or teaching experience
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience working at a strategic or senior management level
  • Experience of working as a senior nurse in a strategic healthcare role
  • Skills Essential criteria
  • Confident of own knowledge base
  • Proven influencing and negotiation Skills
  • Collaborative and open leadership style
  • Ability to synthesis information quickly and respond and communicate to a wide staff group
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Innovative approach to problem solving
  • Able to manage own workload autonomously
  • Excellent IT Skills (Zoom, MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel MS Teams, email and internet as a minimum)
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Able to work in high-pressured situations with multiple differing opinions and priorities
  • Understanding of Operational Delivery Networks
  • Ability to work flexible hours as the service requires
  • Experience prioritising own workload
  • Able to deal with difficult decisions – especially around ethical decision and end of life care
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of leadership in change management
  • Special requirements Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel around the Thames Valley and Wessex care delivery region and nationally as required
  • Ability to work in various locations across a large geographical area
  • Ability to travel through the course of the working day to multiple sites if required.
  • Values Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 450.7KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 230.2KB)
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    Catherine Smith

    Job title

    Lead Nurse Paediatric CHD ODN

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    07990 701813
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