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Deputy Chief Nurse – Safety and Quality

This is one of 2 Deputy Chief Nurse positions within the trust.  The Workforce, Education and Standards role oversees the following areas:-

  • Responsibility for ensuring governance systems and processes are embedded across the Trust to ensure effective, compassionate and safe patient care is delivered, improved and maintained. 
  • Develop a quality improvement strategy that provides a framework for the hospital sites to improve the quality, governance and safety for all patients and carers.
  • Support the Chief Nursing Officer to develop the annual quality account and the compliance with CQC registration
  • Lead the patient safety agenda supporting the improvement journey  and sustainable Care Quality Commission standards

What qualifications and experience do I need?

BSC hons Nursing,  Extensive experience in quality, safety and Governance.  Extensive Safeguarding Experience.  Masters level qualification.

Pay and benefits

Please refer to the latest Agenda for Change pay scales for salary details


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My story: Elizabeth Cox


My name is Elizabeth Cox and I am one of two Deputy Chief Nursing Officers at University Hospitals Plymouth.  I joined in December 2020

How I got into this role

I was working in the community as a Deputy Director with a profile in Safety and Quality, Safeguarding, and managing social work teams in the Peninsula Rapid Response team for child deaths. I observed the Chief Nurse of the Trust on a Covid Gold Call and decided I wanted to be part of the team. The advert for this role came out several months later and here I am.

My role at UHP

I work with the Chief Nurse to develop strategies for achieving improved patient safety indicators and enhanced patient experience.  Ensuring clinical services develop systems to support sustainable and measurable quality improvements. I am fortunate to work alongside the teams that deliver this agenda to ensure the people we serve receive high quality, safe care.

The best bits and the challenges

The best bits are the teams I work with and the staff I have met so far… All are inspiring. The challenges are the current improvement journey we are on together.

Life outside of work

Life is my two children; they are my motivation, and also my two rescue dogs. I went looking for a Doberman and came home with two Chihuahua’s from a cat rescue……..I know – how did that happen? My favourite things are my paddle board, my trainers and the odd dalliance with a gin and tonic.

My top tips to being successful

Top tips – follow your dreams, find a good mentor, be curious, don’t let opportunity pass you by and leadership comes in many guises don’t get humility confused with weakness.

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