Clinical Nurse Manager

Working at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services and facilities in a comfortable and relaxed environment to patients in Kent, East Susses and West Sussex and the south east. The hospital is staffed by a valued team of highly skilled professionals offering a wide range of specialities. We employ over 180 staff including nurses, theatre staff, radiographers, physiotherapists, medical secretaries, administrators, housekeepers and porters. 

This is an exciting time to join our growing team at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, as building work is nearing completion on an exciting £4.7 million development that is set to benefit about 20,000 patients from the local area. The project includes an expansion of the hospital’s outpatients department and the addition of state of the art static CT and MRI scanners, heralding a new era for the hospital.   

Nursing in Spire

Our impressive track record in patient safety and infection control demonstrates our commitment to clinical excellence and patient service delivery. The Clinical Nurse Manager plays an important role in maintaining these standards and ensuring patient satisfaction by managing, developing and motivating nursing teams and team leaders.

Leadership and resource management are key characteristics of your role. Reporting directly to the Head of Clinical Services (Matron), you will lead a team that will consist of ward nurses and healthcare assistants and specialists such as infection control nurses. You will focus on clinical governance, health and safety and risk management, and improving service delivery. Problem solving using techniques such as root cause analysis will be central to your approach.

Your remit will cover recruitment and selection, induction, training, succession planning, performance management and absence management.

Financial control will feature large in your responsibilities, particularly where it involves the effective rostering of staff and temporary or bank staff, but also where it involves accurate and timely charging for services, treatment and disposables which is essential for the commercial viability of the hospital.

The wide range of clinical procedures provided Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital means that you will be exposed to a diverse range of nursing surgical and medical specialisms such as orthopaedics, general medicine, bariatric, ophthalmology, spinal, ENT, breast and gynaecology. This will require flexibility and a real commitment to continuous professional development.

A key part of working at Spire is team working, and you will collaborate closely with other managers in pharmacy, theatres, physiotherapy and radiography as well as nursing. You will work closely with colleagues in housekeeping, food service and administration to ensure service to patients is synchronised and appropriate. A sign of your effectiveness will be in the way you prioritise and manage demands from your colleagues and patients.

Training and development

As you would expect of a premium private healthcare provider, we invest heavily in your training and expect your full commitment to continual professional development.

Your Spire training starts on the day you join with a comprehensive induction programme to your hospital. We also offer all managers a week-long residential course, to introduce you to our policies and procedures, and train you in some of our key people management processes such as recruitment, performance management and disciplinary and grievance handling. Through our performance management process the Head of Clinical Services will discuss your development needs and career aspirations with you, and agree your personal development plan.

We offer a fast track clinical BSc (Hons) degree programme for those that wish to add to their current professional qualifications. You will be offered accredited modules in law, research, specialist clinical skills, service development, work based learning, reflective practice and management development.

Your career prospects

You can consider studying for further specialist qualifications in nursing, eg, gynaecology, orthopaedic, cosmetic and breast care or in other education skills, such as NVQ assessment or professional teaching and assessing of students and colleagues.

We are keen to promote from within the Spire network so studying for management qualifications can help you progress within the company. We offer an excellent in-house management development programme, and for those with potential to operate at a senior level we offer a Leadership Development programme too. Many of our Matrons in Spire have been promoted from within and have also gone on to become Hospital Directors. Clinical Nurse Managers have also successfully expanded their roles to encompass their own particular professional interests, such as education, paediatrics, critical care and this often results in becoming the Lead person in the Spire network for that clinical area.

What we are looking for

Ideally you will have a surgical background such as orthopaedics together with general ward management experience. You will need to possess excellent time management, organisation and prioritisation skills.

You will be a qualified Registered Nurse with experience of working in teams and working with minimum supervision. You will be well versed in applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient case mixes, and have recent experience in a team leader or manager role. You will demonstrate a keen interest in managing performance and achieving results through your team and helping them fulfil their true potential. Importantly you will be passionate about patient care, high clinical standards and looking for ways to improve the way we run our business. Your collaborative and positive approach to team working will mean you fit in well with our culture. We really value people who are organised and efficient, and who combine this with a genuine and clearly perceptible empathy for vulnerable and sick patients.  

A satisfactory disclosure and barring service check is essential for this role.

Spire benefits

We offer a range of benefits which include private medical cover, pension, and 25 days' holiday.

We are often able to offer flexible working arrangements to fit in with your personal circumstances.

You will work in very pleasant surroundings with access to free parking. An attractive and comfortable uniform is provided, as well as low cost staff meals.

For more information or to apply, email your CV or query to  or contact Sian Edwards on 01892 741102.

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