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Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies (MH and LD)

Band 8d

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Associate Director of Nursing
Band 8d
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Redesmere Building
£78,192 - £90,387 per annum
Salary period
12/12/2021 23:59

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

Situated near two thriving cities in Liverpool and Manchester, CWP operates from 66 sites across Cheshire and Merseyside, including Wirral, Chester, Winsford, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sefton and Trafford.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running and committed to delivering person centred care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated CWP as ‘Good’ overall, ‘better’ for treatments and ‘Outstanding’ for care.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care.

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages at www.cwp.nhs.uk to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity to join Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has arisen for an experienced professional to take on the role of Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities).

This role is essential to our commitment towards continuous improvement and ensuring the highest possible standards of care for people who access our services and their families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with the Director of Nursing and Therapies and the Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies (Physical Health) in ensuring effective leadership for the development of Nursing, Therapies and Social Care across Mental Health and Learning Disability services and ensure the professions contribute to the strategic objectives of the Trust. We aim for Nurses, Therapists and Social Care staff to maximise their roles in providing high quality evidence based care.

The post holder will provide strategic leadership and direct management of Education CWP and support the implementation of the People and Organisation Development Strategy across CWP. They will lead on the development of new roles and continuing professional development for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nurses, Therapists and Social Care staff. 

If you are a 6Cs professional with a total commitment towards person centeredness and you want to make a positive and lasting difference then we would like to hear from you.

Shortlisting will take place w/c 13th December 2021.  

An assessment centre will be held virtually on 6th January 2022. Interviews will be held at Redesmere Building, Chester on 7th January 2022.

Working for our organisation

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care – including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff “recommending CWP as a place to work” in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool – and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone.  We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.  We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide ‘Outstanding for Care’ (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.  A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’ Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.  

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached “Update Service Applicant Guide” document for further information.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • A Professional qualification in nursing, occupational therapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, social work and psychology
  • Master’s Degree in health / social care related subject
  • Evidence of continuing professional development post graduate study
Desirable criteria
  • Managerial qualification
  • Teaching qualification

Knowledge and Expertise

Essential criteria
  • Advanced knowledge of current priorities and issues in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
  • Understanding of National Strategies and their application for Nursing and Therapies
  • Knowledge of compliance, clinical governance, risk management and patient safety
  • Well-developed leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work across professional and organisational boundaries
  • Ability to work in partnership with a range of people including people who access our services and carers
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of national presentations and publications


Essential criteria
  • Extensive senior management/professional leadership experience in the NHS
  • Evidence of success in the management of change in a multi-agency context
  • Evidence of delivering high quality service
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive clinical practice
  • Ability to lead/develop policies and procedures
  • Experience of managing organisation wide programmes of quality/risk/service improvement
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of accessing CWP services either as a patient of Carer
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Gary Flockhart
Job title
Director of Nursing
Telephone number
01244 397374
Additional information

For further information please contact Gary Flockhart, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership on 01244 397374.