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Chief Nursing Officer

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Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 October 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified nursing professionals that are fully registered in the UK, for the role of Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, a Director level post for the Scottish Government. 

This is a permanent and pensionable Senior Civil Service (SCS2) appointment. 

If applicable, a fixed-term secondment from your existing employer would also be considered. Relocation expenses may also be available.  

An exciting opportunity to join the senior leadership team within Health and Social Care as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) has arisen. This role comes at a time of significant change and opportunity, where the successful candidate will be responsible for and have influence on all matters that relate to the professional leadership of nurses and midwives across Scotland.  Given the impact of the professions on improving health and delivering world class safe and effective healthcare, it supports the achievement of the best health and care outcomes by providing transformational leadership of the professions.

The successful candidate will also have responsibilities in relation to Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance (HCAI & AMR), commissioning of undergraduate nursing & midwifery education, policy on regulation of all healthcare professionals, Health and Care Staffing (Scotland) Act, supporting a range of Chief Professional Officers including the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) and Chief Healthcare Science Officer (CHCSO), as well as oversight of Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) and inspection of older people in hospitals and the Health & Care Staffing (Scotland) Act.

As a Director of the Scottish Government, the CNO will be accountable to the Director General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive NHS Scotland and as a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board, will participate fully in the corporate management of the Scottish Government Health Directorates.

This role will have a clear responsibility of part of the leadership team to drive forward delivery of the Scottish Government objectives for Health and Social Care as well as the National Performance Framework.  The successful candidate will provide leadership of the Nursing & Midwifery professions within Scottish Government and externally, collaborating effectively with senior leaders across NHS Boards, Scottish Universities and Colleges, Council of Deans,  Trade Unions, Professional Organisations, Integrated Joint Boards, Care Home sector, UK government directorates, UK wide professional organisations, the Nursing Midwifery Council and other UK wide regulators, as well as other partners to support and ensure the delivery of Scottish Government Priorities.

The appointment will have responsibility for approximately 65 staff and a budget of £174 million.
For more information on the essential criteria for this role, please download the Candidate Pack attached to this advert. 

Applications are invited by midnight on Sunday, 3 October 2021 using the APPLY button below where you will be asked to register your details in the online application form. 

In addition to the online application form, please also email your supporting statement and CV to SCSHR@gov.scot.

The selection panel will use these two documents to assess your suitability for the role against the essential criteria during sifting. 
• Supporting statement (maximum 1,500 words) explaining how your skills, qualities and experience make you suitable for the role. You should make particular reference to, and structure your supporting statement around, the essential criteria. Please ensure that you use specific evidence to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria. Please download the supporting statement template attached to the advert to complete your supporting statement. 
• CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. This should provide details of your qualifications and career history with dates and reasons for leaving. 

For more information please download the candidate pack attached to the advert or email Elizabeth.michelakakis@gov.scot. 

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland. If you require any reasonable adjustments at any stage of the application or selection process, please don’t hesitate to let us know by emailing Elizabeth.michelakakis@gov.scot.  

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