NIHR Director for Nursing and Midwifery

Leeds, United Kingdom
Annual salary based on University of Leeds Grade 10 but negotiable
29 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you a highly collaborative senior nurse or midwife ready for a new challenge to establish and shape professional leadership for nurses and midwives across the National Institute for Health Research, the most integrated health research system in the world?

Do you have the outstanding leadership skills to define a new senior national role, working with nurses and midwives across the country and with stakeholders at the highest levels to increase research activities?

The National Institute for Health Research is seeking an outstanding leader to shape and deliver professional leadership and strategic initiatives for nurses and midwives as part of the ongoing evolution and advancement of the NIHR. As the first NIHR Director for Nursing and Midwifery, you will work with NIHR leaders, staff and stakeholders to create innovative and collaborative strategies applied to health and care research, and you will represent the NIHR at the highest levels of nursing and midwifery policy and practice. 

A skilled innovator with outstanding knowledge and experience of nursing and midwifery leadership, you will possess strong influencing, diplomacy and negotiating skills commanding the respect of directors, managers and clinicians, and you will have a demonstrable record of professional transformation and implementation spread. The NIHR is a distributed organisation, and so you will be able to provide credible leadership across organisational boundaries and be comfortable working outwith conventional management hierarchies. Working with health and care organisations and staff, patients and service users, researchers, charities and the life sciences industry, you will have presence and will be able to demonstrate inspirational leadership and influence in a host of settings.  With the ability to think strategically and grasp complex policy and political issues, you will have a strong understanding of nursing and midwifery policy and practice, and of the potential of nurses and midwives in health and care research. You will be a registered nurse or midwife.

Your direct report will be to the CRN Chief Executive Officer and your organisational base will be the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Coordinating Centre, with a choice of either Leeds or London. 

The employer will be the University of Leeds. 

This is a full time post available to 31 March 2022

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

John Sitzia, Chief Operating Officer, CRN National Coordinating Centre 

Tel: +44 (0) 0151 252 5067 (Ann Byrne, PA), email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:      Leeds or London
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:      NIHR CRNCC
Section:      NIHR CRN - Leeds or London Office
Category:      Professional & Managerial
Grade:      Off grading structure
Salary:      Annual salary based on University of Leeds Grade 10 but negotiable
Plus London weighting where applicable
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (31 March 2022)
Closing Date:      Monday 06 January 2020
Downloads: Candidate Brief   Additional Information

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