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Director of Clinical Services (Chief Nurse) – The Children’s Trust

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Help the charity take great strides in doing more to improve the lives of children, young people and their families affected by brain injury and neurodisability.

Executive recruitment for Director of Clinical Services The Children's Trust

About this role

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through our national specialist centre and The Children’s Trust School, based in Tadworth. We also offer support more widely through our Brain Injury Community Service for children and young people across the UK and via our online Brain Injury Hub.

Established 35 years ago, we have a team comprising 560 staff and 1,100 volunteers, who are dedicated to providing children with brain injury and neurodisability the opportunity to live the best life possible.

This is an exciting time to join us. We are planning our next strategy with the ultimate aim of extending our reach and improving the lives of more children and young people affected by brain injury. This will see us realise holistic expansion of our work at our main site in Tadworth, but also on a national scale with the growth of our community services and public engagement.

We have ambitious plans for our education provision and all of this builds upon our secure and sustainable base, our commitment to continuous quality improvement and exemplary standards of care for children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability, as evidenced by our ‘Outsanding’ ratings from both the care Quality Commission and Ofsted (Care).

Director of Clinical Services (Chief Nurse)

Joining a talented senior leadership team and newly-refreshed Board of Trustees, our next Director of Clinical Services (Chief Nurse) will play a pivotal role in developing and delivering across our key strategic objectives. Providing effective clinical leadership and continually improving our services will be a given, but as important is your ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with others. We are also looking for someone who will be an inspirational ambassador and will work inclusively and sensitively with children, young people and their families to ensure the continued delivery of our outstanding standards of care.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced senior nurse with a track record of driving change and development at an executive level. You will bring a high degree of ambition, resilience and drive, plus demonstrable experience of working collaboratively with others and impactfully as an ambassador.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

Director of Clinical Services executive recruitment

Thank you for your interest in the vital role of Director of Clinical Services (Chief Nurse) at The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability.

We have an ambition that all children and young people living with a brain injury or neurodisability have the opportunity to live the best life possible. Established 35 years ago, we employ 560 staff as well as enjoy the invaluable support of 1,100 volunteers.The Children’s Trust delivers rehabilitation, education and community services through skilled teams who work with children and young people and their families.

You will be joining at an exciting time as we formulate our next ambitious strategy which will see us taking great strides in doing more to improve the lives of children, young people and their families affected by brain injury and neurodisability.

As our Director of Clinical Services, you will play a pivotal part in driving forward and delivering on our key strategic objectives, continue to maintain and build on our exemplary standards of care and support the growth and reach of our services both at Tadworth and on a national scale.

I am looking for a collaborative, proactive and ambitious clinical leader who will work effectively alongside our talented senior leadership team and share our relentless focus on continuing to build on, extend and grow the high quality services we provide. I am also looking for you to play a part in being an external ambassador to influence the ongoing reputation of The Children’s Trust and ensure we are engaged with other healthcare providers, partners and professionals relevant to our work.

I do hope you will pursue your interest in applying for this role and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dalton Leong
Chief Executive

The UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and complex health needs

Our key services are:
• Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI);
• A residential non-maintained special school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD);
• Support for children with ABI and their families in the communities across the UK, through our Brain Injury Community Services;
• Online information and support via our publications and braininjuryhub.co.uk.

Our residential services based at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, work in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to provide a step-down pathway of care between hospital and home. The centre is entirely child and family focused to ensure that their needs are appropriately supported.

The charity provides rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information

The Children's Trust Director of Clinical Services executive recruitment

In the community, we provide clinical support to complement local services and give children and young people with ABI the best chance of succeeding at home and in school.

We are the only paediatric centre with a national specialised commissioning contract (through NHS England) to provide brain injury rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury. Our other services are funded through local health commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups), social care and education authorities, together with the millions raised through voluntary fundraising.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the 25-acre Tadworth site features a state of the art hydrotherapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, soft play areas and a wheelchair-accessible tree house.

We run a non-maintained residential special school for children with PMLD. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2-19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted Education.

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with approximately 560 committed staff and 1,100 volunteers with a range of expertise across nursing and care, education, therapy, operations and centralised support functions such as finance, HR, fundraising and communications. A number of these staff are based off site around the UK as part of our community work or in our charity shops.

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry on philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07772 902071 or Michael Earnshaw on michael@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07494 595178.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Director of Clinical Services, The Children’s Trust” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: Monday 10th June 2019
Preliminary interviews led by Peridot: Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th June
Final stage interviews and assessment: Thursday 27th June

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