Change Grow Live
Birmingham, West Midlands
Brighton, Brighton and Hove
London, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£81,545.56 - £84,807.37 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Change Grow Live  

Director of Nursing

Competitive remuneration package  

Location: Nationwide   

Be open, be compassionate, be bold

Change Grow Live is a charity, with income of £250 million, over 4,000 staff and 1500 volunteers.

Every year they support more than 200,000 people affected by social and economic deprivation, trauma and abuse, homelessness, offending and alcohol and substance misuse. Because they're not a business, they're not looking to make a profit. This allows them to focus on making sure that everything they do is helping the people who use their services, and the wider public too.

Many of Change Grow Live’s staff have previously used their services. Others started as front-line workers, volunteers or peer mentors (including their Chief Executive).  This is a huge strength. Having that first-hand, frontline experience means Change Grow Live’s staff are in the perfect position to support their service users and their staff on the ground - they've been there, so they get it.

Change Grow Live look at the data and carry out research and analysis to make sure that everything they recommend is not just safe, but also the most effective treatment. They never stop learning and looking for new evidence, either.

Since starting as a small local charity in Sussex in the 1970s, Change Grow Live has grown to offer more than 200 services across the UK annually. Their size gives stability, because there’s a solid infrastructure, systems and processes. It also means they can learn a lot and make continuous improvements by sharing learnings and best practice between all of their services.

We believe in people  

Change Grow Live’s work is informed by a simple principle that experience tells them works: Believe in People. This means they believe in their staff's expertise and judgement and strive to create the conditions for them to do their best work. It means they believe that everyone has the right to pursue their goals and aspirations. And it means they believe that, with the right opportunities and support, anyone can change their life for the better.

The role

The ambition at Change Grow Live is that everyone who works or volunteers there is happy, healthy, well trained and equipped to do their role.

To champion the role that nurses play in changing lives Change Grow Live are recruiting a new Director of Nursing. As the Director of Nursing, you will develop a nursing strategy that will create the conditions for all nurses in Change Grow Live to make the biggest difference in people’s lives. You’ll be the voice for nursing in Change Grow Live and deliver fresh and exciting new ways of working for the hard-working teams in their services. 

Their nurses play a critical role in changing lives. The ambition is for all nursing staff to thrive in their role at Change Grow Live. They also want to represent the incredible work that nurses do across the third sector and beyond.

This role collaborates with senior leaders to develop working practices which enable an effective interface between nursing and all aspects of practice

Whilst this role reports to an Executive Director, you will be the most senior Nursing professional and have responsibility for ensuring that Nursing practice is meeting clinical standards and best practice, making continuous improvements where opportunities are identified.

This role will be a key driver of a values-based culture which encompasses their philosophy of ‘Believe in People’ and embraces inclusivity, demonstrating the organisation’s values of being open, compassionate and bold. All Change Grow Live’s Directors embody these values and ensure that everything they do ensures the organisation is equipped to make a difference to people’s lives.


The successful candidate will develop an understanding of changes and developments across Change Grow Live and identify interconnections and interdependencies with their own area of responsibility. You will stay abreast of cutting-edge developments and best practice within nursing, to contribute to the leadership and direction of the organisation.

As new Director of Nursing you will have:

  • developed a nursing strategy based on internal and external best practice that is fit for today and fit for future, aligned to the organisation strategy and supported by the Executive and Board. 
  • significant experience of all, or most, of the components of a nursing strategy. 
  • demonstrable experience of successful implementation of major nursing initiatives and/or transformational change
  • relevant nursing degree/qualification.

How to Apply

Application is by CV and covering letter.  Your letter, which should be no more than 2 pages in length, should explain both why you are interested in the post and why you think you would be an excellent candidate for us. Click on the Apply link to submit your application.

Further information

For an informal conversation about the post or to request a copy of the Candidate Brief, please contact Laurence Wolahan or Justin Dargis of Hays Executive.

All direct applications will be forwarded to Hays Executive.

Campaign dates:

Closing date:                           15th August 2021

First Interview:                         2nd and 3rd September 2021

Second interview:                   13th and 14th September 2021         

The above dates are subject to change

Refreshed on: 07 August 2021
Closed date: 15 August 2021
Job ref: 4028584
Tags: Senior Management, Governance