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Assistant Director – Operations (Public Health Nursing)

  • Service: Senior Management Team / Central Services
  • Salary: £55,000 (p.a. circa)
  • Type: Full time (37 hours)
  • Ref: 045/21

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and passionate specialist community public health nursing leader to join the Compass senior management team (SMT) and provide senior strategic and operational leadership to some of our most high performing and acclaimed services such as Warwickshire’s School Health & Wellbeing service. You will lead an operational directorate of inter-related public health and wellbeing commissioned services (both CCG and local authority) that includes school nursing, weight management and mental health support teams.

The Role

As well as being accountable for leading the services within the directorate and ensuring consistent high performance across all commissioned contracts (i.e. service deliverables, people, quality, finance) including line management responsibilities for service managers, you will be the organisational lead for public health nursing. This will entail chairing a Compass-wide public health nursing clinical governance group and working alongside business development to develop, review and adapt delivery models, re/acquisition and mobilisation of new and existing contracts.

As a key member of the SMT you will effectively contribute to the strategic planning, risk management and development and delivery of the Compass business plan. This includes the formation of a ONE Compass that brings together all services across directorates through different forums to share expertise and learning from inter-related health issues.

The location of the role is flexible with a blend of office and home based working however you will be expected to be visible within services and attend external senior and partnership meetings approximately 2-3 days per week subject to need.

About Us

Compass works in communities currently within the Midlands, Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and London providing services for children and families with a real emphasis on early intervention, education and prevention. Services include: public health programmes (such as health needs assessment, national child measurement programme); early intervention and specialist support for those affected by risky behaviours (i.e. sexual health, substance misuse); mental wellbeing; lifestyle behaviours; and peer relationships. Most recently we have added five Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in education across North East Lincolnshire and Barnsley. Our MHST teams provide CBT interventions for school aged children with low to moderate needs alongside embedding whole system/school approaches. In addition, Compass’ trading arm, Positive Effect, applies its public health expertise to developing bespoke solutions to improve workplace wellbeing for employers within public and commercial sectors.

The Person

You will be a qualified specialist community public health nurse on the 3rd part of the NMC register with a current PIN and ideally hold a suitable management qualification. You will have significant leadership experience leading public health nursing services in line with the Healthy Child Programme. You will also have a proven track record in managing all aspects of contract performance and a sound understanding of the quality standards that underpin safe, effective and person-centred care.

You will be adept at communicating and realising your vision through inspiring and motivating others. You will be a strong collaborator being able to work with operational and quality assurance leads across Compass, whilst coaching and upskilling service managers to become highly effective and autonomous leaders.

If you are creative and responsive in striving to improve public health services to best meet children and families’ evolving needs with personal values that match those of Compass you may be just the person for this role.

Our offer

  • A competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Service
  • Working within an inclusive and friendly workforce
  • Excellent learning & development opportunities and career progression
  • Generous Contributory Pension Scheme (14.3% contribution for SCPHNs)
  • Life Assurance

If you are interested in this role, please apply as soon as possible as we may decide to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received.

For an informal discussion, please contact Rachel Bundock, CEO or Maggie Clarke, Assistant Director (School Nursing) at:

To apply, you will need to complete Part 1&2 of our application form. We would be grateful if you could also complete our equality monitoring form.

Compass is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and you should share our commitment. All Compass posts are subject to appropriate level DBS checks. We value diversity at Compass and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Established for over 30 years, Compass is a national charity which works in communities across the UK providing services spanning substance misuse treatment and rehabilitation, early interventions for vulnerable young people, school aged health programmes and associated prevention as well as treatment and health promotion initiatives.

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