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Head of Health Inequalities & Healthy Hospitals - Band 8b

Band 8b

Main area
Nursing Management
Band 8b
Secondment: 3 years
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
£54,764 - £63,862 pa
Salary period
02/12/2021 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

The NHS Long Term Plan gives a commitment that all people admitted to hospital that smoke will be offered NHS-funded tobacco treatment services by 2023/24. 
The Gloucestershire Hospitals Tackling Tobacco Dependency  programme, is based on the Ottawa model, is the systematic implementation at scale, of the treatment of tobacco dependency in secondary care, and the provision of ongoing support for people from community stop cessation services or the specialist mental health Tobacco Treatment Advisors. 
It recognises that tobacco dependency is a chronic, relapsing clinical condition that prematurely kills at least half of people who smoke. Smoking is seen as a medical condition that can be treated, rather than as a lifestyle choice. 
All at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are committed to implementing the Tackling Tobacco Dependency  programme in our hospital  from early 2022. This is the first step in developing a wider Healthy Hospitals Programme implementing the other prevention measures from the NHS Long term Plan that are relevant to Trusts.  
The Tackling Tobacco Dependency  programme will increase the support we offer to people who are admitted to, or attend our Hospitals. The programme will also provide more support to staff who wish to quit and help us to have smoke-free hospitals and grounds.
The Tackling Tobacco Dependency  programme recognises smoking as an addiction (tobacco dependency) and that it is a chronic, relapsing clinical condition

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as a senior leader in the Trust covering the health inequalities portfolio with the aim to make services more equitable and reduce inequalities in provision, access and outcomes of treatments.

The post holder will lead on the co-ordination of health inequalities actions and impact and work to implement this approach across the Trust. You will develop strategic partnerships and relationships internally within Gloucestershire Hospitals and also with key members of the Gloucestershire integrated care system, providing support and leadership to strategic system wide programmes of work.

The post holder will plan and lead the strategic and operational delivery of a range of health improvement programmes across the Trust.  

Provide leadership to promote culture change in relation to treating tobacco dependency and minimizing harm from tobacco.

Lead the implementation of smoke free environments within the Trust grounds and advise on the provision of support to promote staff health and wellbeing.


Working for our organisation

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.  We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Lead the Trust’s approach to health inequalities in line with national frameworks/guidance.
• Develop and/or implement strategy, policies, standards, guidelines, protocols, and assessment and evaluation tools to support and promote best practice, drawing on national examples.
• To implement key messages from the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Strategy relating to  health inequalities.
• Lead the co-ordination of an organisational-wide approach for both the collection and analysis of health inequalities data.
• Support the small existing team and review roles and responsibilities as appropriate.
• Lead the identification of health improvement priorities, the design, project management and implementation of health improvement programmes within the Trust.  
• Provide highly specialised advice and expertise underpinned by specialist knowledge and experience to support the embedding of health improvement & prevention into the Trusts core business, including enabling and ensuring the recognition, assessment and treatment of tobacco dependency by nurses and multi-professional staff across all clinical areas and clinical pathways. 
• Act as the lead expert and professional resource for senior managers and multi-professional staff in health improvement and health inequalities.
• Deputise for the Deputy Director of Quality and Deputy Chief Nurse where required.  
• Establish and maintain links with other organisations providing support and resources to any aspect the healthy hospital programme for patients and staff. 
• Create and maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders including, NHS organisations, local authority, NHS England, Public Health England, the voluntary and community sector, the media and the public. 
• Lead and support multi-disciplinary and agency teams in the process of change, encouraging effective team working and chairing groups and networks as necessary.
• Use highly developed interpersonal and communication skills to manage situations where a range of diverse and different opinions may exist from different agencies some of which may be highly contentious and sensitive. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist areas
  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist areas
  • Evidence of commitment to continued professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Health Care Professional with current registration with relevant professional body and/or Public Health Specialist/Practitioner Level 2 Smoking Cessation Practitioner (NCSCT) or willingness to undertake training on commencement of post
  • Leadership/management course or project management qualification


Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience of working in, or with the NHS, facilitating change to improve care or health outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience of leading and project managing projects / programmes in complex and challenging environments, which may be politically sensitive and hostile.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and effective multi-disciplinary and partnership working, influencing and motivating peers and senior stakeholders, including clinicians
  • Experience of assessing the evidence base and using a range of tools to assess and respond to the health needs of service users to inform programme / service development.
  • Experience of developing strategies and implementing policy to facilitate and achieve change in health care practice

Knowledge / Skills

Essential criteria
  • Experience of providing help, support and/or counselling on a one to one or group basis.
  • Experience of providing help, support and/or counselling on a one to one or group basis.
  • Ability to work and communicate in group settings.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice in smoking cessation, the consequences of smoking and the benefits of quitting.
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with professionals / individuals from different professional backgrounds.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Natalie Bynorth
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Lead Nurse Improvement & Delivery
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