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Director of Clinical Services

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Priory Hospital Burgess Hill (D11), Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 hrs

Job Advert - Division Information


Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.



Job Advert Location Description

The Dene Hospital supports both male and female patients with varying needs in its Medium Secure, Low Secure, HDU and Acute Wards. The Dene was rated Good by the CQC following their recent inspection.

The Dene is set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, it has educational, occupational and sporting facilities, including a sports hall, tennis court and gymnasium, along with various communal recreation areas. There is a library, art room and rehab practice kitchen. The site also facilitates and runs recovery college courses


 The Dene hosts a number of staff events throughout the year including an annual Summer BBQ to celebrate staff long service awards. The Dene also has a well attended CPD programme and supports staff in their professional and career development.

Job Advert Role Description

The Director of Clinical Services role forms part of the hospital Senior Management Team and is wholly responsible for the clinical services operation (nursing and therapy) within the hospital and will deputise for the Hospital Director.

The job would include ensuring delivery of an optimum level of clinical and therapeutic care, together with ensuring compliance with statutory regulations and current legislation, meeting quality standards and delivering against key performance indicators. As a member of the Senior Management, the role holder will play a key part in developing and delivering the hospital strategy, providing operational and clinical leadership to the wider staff group in support of the Hospital Director.

The Role:

  • Ensure compliance with statutory regulations and current legislation, meets quality standards, and delivers against key performance indicators.
  •  Manage the effective implementation of clinical interventions and treatment designed to enhance the operation and quality of clinical services evaluating through clinical governance and audit.
  •  Recruit, manage and develop a highly skilled and motivated workforce as well as staff development and performance management processes.
  •  Manage the delivery of the clinical services business plan ensuring the effective and efficient management and control of staffing, budgets, materials and equipment.
  • Support and contribute to the maintenance of the business relationships liaising with referrers and prospective purchasers.
  •  Promote an effective working relationship across the multidisciplinary teams.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  •  Registered Nurse
  • A recognised post-registration qualification together with full membership / accreditation of a relevant professional institution and evidence of continuous professional development.
  •  A detailed understanding of statutory regulations is essential.
  • Passionate about providing high quality care and continuous improvement
  •  Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills essential.
  • Forward thinking, proactive and creative
  •  The ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously in a highly dynamic environment.
  • High levels of integrity and boundaried.

Experience Needed:-

  • Experience of working at a supervisory or managerial level within a mental health environment; minimum 2 years working as a Ward Manager or equivalent.
  •  Experience of managing a clinical budget.
  • Strong background within leadership and people management.
  •  Experience of leading, implementing and reviewing quality initiatives in a related environment.
  •  Strong track record of innovation.

Some of the benefits we offer our Director of Clinical Services are:-

  •  NMC fees paid in full (£120)
  • Free access to the Nursing Times on Line package, which includes a portfolio of NMC documentation for use for revalidation and professional development (£95)
  • £250 towards Continuous Professional Development (CPD) per year
  •  Free onsite meals and free onsite parking
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • 25 Days annual leave + Bank Holidays
  •  Mentorship training
  • Opportunity to be a Peer reviewer in Specialist services
  •  Contribute to Nurse Development Programmes
  • Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, private healthcare)
  • Full Extensive Training Induction plus opportunities to do further training while in the role.

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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