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NHS board to recruit second senior nurse

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The NHS Commissioning Board last week begin the recruitment process for 19 senior director posts, all with salaries of more than £100,000.

The commissioning board is due to take over the day to day running of the NHS from the Department of Health, as part of the government’s health reforms.

Jane Cummings took on the role of chief nursing officer with the board in June. It has now launched a recruitment drive for a further 19 senior posts.

Among them is a “director of nursing: quality improvement and care”. The post comes with an advertised salary of £125,000.

The job is expected to be based in Leeds, although a job advertisement published last week noted that “flexibility may be possible on discussion”.

Priority for the 19 posts will be given to staff whose jobs are “affected by change” or are at risk of redundancy, as a result of the abolition of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.

The nursing roles on the NHS Commissioning Board are separate from the new post of director of nursing for public health, held by Viv Bennett, which is based at the Department of Health.

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  • I would like to know why we need a further 19 directors of nursing costing the NHS about £2m per year in wages plus any other contributions it would have to make!?
    It was always my belief that to be a director you would need something or somebody to direct (please correct my ignorance in this matter). Now, we have seen a steady drop in nursing numbers over the years due to 'natural wastage' and as such, it must be true that there are less frontline staff and more managers than ever before. I just dont get it! We live in a time where the government, the bankers and the whole system is doing what it likes. Not only are we being done over, but its not even happening in secret, its right out in the open in front of our eyes and theres nothing we can do about it due to politics and vaneers of justification.

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  • Anon 11:10am
    I think it depends on the experience and role of the directors.

    I fully support the concept of "quality" but I fear this is becoming another buzz word in the focus of "putting the patient first", and although I do not deny this has to be a primary focus (I mean we and our friends and family are patients too), the Government and CCG need some direction from nurses with the right skills to look at the quality of employment and employment conditions for the groundwork to be in place both cost-effectively and efficiently, but NOT at the expense of any health professionals taking on more than is humanely possible. We also need advocates at high level in what nurses actually do (in my opinion) as I have found even in nursing, standardization is not necessarily the answer because we are all different in motivation, ambition, time and commitment with family circumstances, and even employer level of knowledge, and whether they (GP's in my case) actually have management skills themselves.

    In my view, if we do not have GOOD direction and support at the top, then we will continue to have no voice unless we are lucky enough to work in an environment where they are willing to listen. If the right people are in the right roles then it could be money well spent on behalf of nursing finding it's feet in this new power imbalance toward the medical profession, and someone 'up there' getting the point that nursing is presently going backwards as it is being instructed to move forwards.

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  • A valid point and if your final pragraph was indeed the way the world worked then i would agree whole heartedly that it could be a valid way forward. But alas, it is not the way the world works. Verey rarely do we get the right people in the right jobs and when you arrive at pay grades such as these, the cynicism etched into me over the years, tells me its not what you know but who you know! To this end having people in these high positions that are "doing the right things and doing them right" will not be the outright goal of the employer. Cutting costs whilst improving services will be the goal and maybe over a 2 or 3 year period achievable, but in essence, its a contradiction in terms.

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  • “director of nursing: quality improvement and care”!

    So - Cummings is now looking for a sycophant! Obviously her famous(?) "C"'s are insufficient !

    Let me disentangle the management jargon for you ! What the job title actually means is

    A) how can we screw more from less?
    B) How many more "care" assistants can
    we get in place ?
    C) How can we encourage the South West consortium to dismantle the AfC terms and conditions of service quickly?

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