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Chief Executive

Leadership & Management
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Management
  • Commissioning
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing
  • Children's Nursing


  • Community/Primary Care
  • Independent/Voluntary Sector
  • Education Provider

Job/Role Summary

  • To lead the organisation, which provides palliative care services for adults and children through Inpatient, Day and Home Care Services.
  • Education and Research activities in palliative care are also provided.
  • To secure resources from statutory sources and the public.


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Clinical professional or health related managerial qualifications at degree level.
  • Experience of working in a multi-professional environment.
  • 5 years experience of strategic planning and resource management skills.


Career Milestones

During a period of time as a Nurse Manager/Teacher in an NHS Hospice, I had many opportunities to work with national professional, government and voluntary agencies to develop hospice/palliative care as a nursing speciality and to see services initiated. I then moved to a post as a Macmillan Regional Nurse where my role built on opportunities in my previous job and widened out into general policy and strategic change management. During my time as a Regional Nursing Officer in England I was given further opportunities to lead nursing developments in regulation. (I was appointed a member of UKCC (former body to NMC)) with a remit for Education (moved nursing schools into higher education) and Practice (standard setting). Then as Chief Nursing Officer in the DHSSPSNI I had the opportunity to work with Ministers and Senior Civil Servants to lead health policy and nursing response.


What attracted you to this job?

  • Being able to lead an organisation.
  • My passion for palliative care and the need to see the speciality strengthened and access improved.
  • Working within a team.
  • Being able to try something different - working in a new sector.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Team working - planning for strategic development and change.
  • Making a difference for vulnerable people.
  • Variety - working across sectors, meeting lots of different people and working from practice to policy issues.


Important success factors

  • My contact with good role models in Dame Cecily Saunders (Founder of the modern hospice movement), Regional General Manager, Chief Nursing Officer colleagues.
  • Being willing to take a risk and change jobs and location.
  • Being able to select co-workers and team members who can do what I cannot and facilitate them to achieve goals.


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

I would encourage a colleague to consider the voluntary sector as a place to make a difference. I would encourage nurses to take on organisational leadership roles and to think about these sorts of roles in their future career development. I would recommend having a clear vision and set of goals that you want to achieve, and to build a team which shares these aspirations.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Networking
  • Influencing
  • Stake-holder management
  • Resource management
  • Organisational development
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Cross sectorial working
  • Strategic change management


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