Chief Executive & Director of Nursing
Chief Executive

Welcome from Dominic Hardisty

Chief Executive

Hello and thank you for your interest in the senior leadership roles at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust. As you will see, we have put together some information in this pack about AWP. I hope that you find this useful and that you translate your interest in this post into a formal application.

AWP is a large and diverse specialist mental health and learning disability Trust providing high quality compassionate care to people of all ages living with mental ill health, autism and learning disabilities across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

I am proud to be Chief Executive of AWP and everyone who is part of AWP is committed to improving the lives of the people we serve by delivering outstanding, safe and effective care for all our patients.  However, like other NHS Trusts we are facing significant challenges including growing demand for all of our services, workforce challenges and continuing pressures on our finances.

In response to these challenges we have embarked up on a programme of transformation to ensure that our services are safe, affordable and, importantly, sustainable for the future.  ‘Outstanding AWP’ aims to deliver Outstanding Care and Sustainable Services, delivered by Outstanding People and in partnership with our patients, carers and system partners, including the two Integrated Care Systems in which we will be operating in.

We are seeking to appoint a Director of Nursing and Quality, who will foster professional pride and develop a Trust-wide approach to nursing provision and embedding a culture of high quality improvement.  They will be accountable for the quality of service throughout AWP and its continuous improvement. They will ensure the development and performance of professional standards for nursing and allied health professionals to deliver the highest standards of mental health and learning disability care.

The role is a full voting member of the Board and therefore has a full set of associated corporate responsibilities for all aspects of AWP activities. These include, but are not limited to the setting of strategies, managing delivery, ensuring effective financial performance, managing risk and constructively representing the organisation with external stakeholders.

We are looking for an exceptional leader; someone who shares our values and is committed to listening to the voice of staff, service users and carers and who can motivate and empower people to embrace continuous improvement to deliver a high-quality service. Someone who has professional pride, can lead our Nursing and Quality strategies and motivate people throughout our organisation to give a high quality service to those who need it.  You will have significant experience as a senior nurse or nursing director and be a credible ambassador for mental health services both within our organisation and beyond.

We are also seeking a Deputy Chief Executive, you will work closely with me and the Board to help lead and achieve our aspiration of ‘Outstanding AWP’.  You will ensure we develop and embed a culture of quality improvement and oversee the development and implementation of changing clinical models that will transform AWP into a high performing, sustainable organisation and ensure we future-proof the delivery of mental health services across the South West.

With such an ambitious agenda, we need an inspirational leader; someone who shares our values and is committed to listening to the voice of staff, service users, patients and carers and who can motivate and empower people to embrace continuous improvement to deliver a high-quality service. You will need to evidence excellent strategic capability, political acumen, a drive for results and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.

To succeed in both of these roles you will need to use your excellent influencing skills, political acumen, drive for results and your ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
If this sounds like you, then we would be delighted to hear from you.  If you have any questions, require further information regarding the post or would like a detailed conversation about the post then please contact Melanie Shearer on 07785 616548

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dominic Hardisty, Chief Executive


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