Head of Nursing Research – Academic Leadership and Strategy (2 days per week, 2 year secondment)

Opening Date:
16 Jun 2020
Closing Date:
6 Jul 2020
Salary Range:

Employer: NHS England and NHS Improvement
Location: Quarry House, Leeds
Salary: £91,004 – £104,927 per annum (2 days per week, 2 year secondment)

Nurses leading transformational change is central to the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s (CNO) long-term vision; and work had previously commenced on developing the CNO’s national strategy for research to ensure that nursing academia was recognised and supported as being integral to the success of this vision.

We are now formally re-commencing this work and looking to ensure that we have robust academic credibility underpinning it. Therefore, this new post (2-days per week, for an initial 2-year contract) demonstrates the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s clear commitment of robust research evidence being central to nursing practice and professional decision-making.

It is also a timely opportunity to showcase the hugely respected nursing research talent that we have available as a profession within this country; alongside the vital role which academia plays in ensuring the profession is at the forefront of areas such as the following:

  • Supporting new ways of working and revised delivery models;
  • Identifying opportunities in respect of system change;
  • Ensuring the evidence base is embedded in practice.

The postholder will sit within the Deputy CNO for Policy and System Transformation’s portfolio, and work with colleagues and partners to ensure the triangulation of system transformation being underpinned by evidence-based policy.

We are seeking a leading nursing researcher working in a relevant subject area, who brings with them a demonstrable track record of leading research with high impact. This role is a part-time position to enable the successful candidate to retain their own current research portfolio and other relevant academic work; and with that significant experience and background promote national and international research excellence across HEIs and relevant organisations to help strengthen leadership and impact of nursing research.

The post holder will also be expected to help consider the best use of wider REF outcomes to strengthen the impact on nursing policy, building strong links between outcomes of academic research and practice.

This exciting opportunity offers the chance to work at a national level collaboratively with a range of partners and stakeholders to help address the importance of nursing research capacity and capability across the system. This work will underpin the professions’ vital contribution to transformational change and increase the visibility and impact of nursing research.

As the Head of Nursing Research – Academic Leadership and Strategy, the post holder will work as a senior member of the DCNO’s team with the aim of developing, delivering and embedding a national strategy for nursing research on behalf of the CNO. The post-holder will work in partnership with the Head of Nursing Research – Research Transformation to ensure the vision and ambition reflects not only those of providers and commissioners, but equally academic colleagues and partners as a fundamental component of the strategy.

In addition to other key objectives you will:

  • Promote nursing research excellence both nationally and internationally;
  • Work in partnership with academics from a wide range of health-related subjects;
  • Demonstrate the potential and opportunities of a career in nursing academia;
  • Support and progress high quality research priorities to align to relevant work being undertaken on Covid-19;
  • Work with key partners and stakeholders to support models of integrated health education, research and clinical practice;
  • Work with key partners and stakeholders in strengthening research as a core skill in nursing within both pre and post graduate training;
  • Work with key stakeholders to encourage wider representation of research needs and application across the system;

We are looking for an experienced research leader who will significantly contribute academic expertise and mobilise academic networks in developing the national research strategy and aligned programme of work.

For informal contact – Kate Robinson (kate.robinson26@nhs.net) or Scott Binyon (scott.binyon@nhs.net)

For further information see the NHS Jobs website https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916079547