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Director of Nursing and Family Support

Post date
19 March 2024
Closing date
14 April 2024
Any CHAS site: Edinburgh / Glasgow / Robin House, Balloch / Rachel House, Kinross. Frequent travel between sites expected.
circa £98,000 per annum (pro rata)
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This job doesn’t come up often. In fact, we’ve never advertised it before. Due to an internal move, we are looking for someone really special to be the CHAS Director of Nursing and Family Support.

In Scotland, three children a week die from a life-shortening condition. CHAS provides unwavering care for children who may die young, and their whole families. Our team includes nurses, doctors, AHPs, chaplains, social workers and a wide range of family support specialists. They work across two children’s hospices, in community settings across the country, and in hospitals alongside NHS staff.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and working hand-in-glove with the Medical Director, you will deliver exceptional care for children and families. You will lead a team of 160 nurses and family support staff working across all parts of Scotland and in multiple settings.

Nursing plays a key role in our care, with nurse specialists involved in delivery, education, advanced practice and organisational leadership. You will inspire our nursing and family support teams to deliver exceptional care in hospice, home and hospital settings. You will work closely and collaboratively with NHS partners, to arrange seamless care.

You will envisage new ways of delivering care and lead teams through change as we implement our 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. You will inspire people behind our vision of delivering excellent care every day.

You will be an experienced nurse leader, confident at working in a multi-agency way. The majority of staff in our multi-disciplinary team are nurses, so you will need to have significant experience of leading nurses and healthcare professionals. You will be professionally registered but don’t need to be a children’s nurse.

We would be keen to hear from candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Detailed understanding of nursing and /or family support alongside significant senior nurse leadership experience
  • Experienced in a strategic leadership role, working at or close to board level.
  • A track record delivering a high quality of care and championing change in line with a strategic plan, supporting colleagues to think broadly about continuous improvement.
  • Strong core management and leadership skills including communication, collaboration, strategic thinking, innovation, planning, mobilisation, reporting, commercial awareness, people and finance management.

We are open to hearing from people from a range of backgrounds. You may be working at or near board level in the NHS, health and social care partnership, or operating at nurse director level in a children’s or adult’s hospice.

The role can be based at any of CHAS’s main sites, with frequent travel to others.

The salary is expected to be c. £98,000, depending on experience, and will be attractive to nurses working at very senior roles in the NHS and other organisations. A higher salary may be provided to exceptional candidates who are already working beyond this level. Membership of the NHS Scotland or Local Government Pension Scheme is provided.

We expect this role to attract interest from Scotland, the UK and internationally so relocation expenses are available.

Interviews will be held in late April / early May 2024.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland PVG Check.

Further Information and How to Apply

To view our comprehensive Recruitment Pack and Apply please follow this link:

For an informal conversation with Rami Okasha, Chief Executive, please contact

For any queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact our HR Team on 0131 444 3293 or by emailing

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