The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland
The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC005751

The QNIS was established by Royal Charter in 1889 and has a proud tradition of serving the communities of Scotland. Our Patron is HM The Queen. The charity has a programme of activity which reaches across the whole of Scotland. We exist to promote excellence in community nursing to enable the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive and Nurse Director

  • Full time
  • £84,000 – £90,000
  • Hybrid: Based in our office in central Edinburgh, with scope for flexible working from home
  • Closing 12th August 2024

About us

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) is a small charity making a big difference. QNIS supports, develops and inspires Scotland’s community nurses and midwives to be agents for health improvement and catalysts for social change. We help them develop their wellbeing and commitment to self-care so they can drive positive action to build a healthier, kinder, fairer, greener Scotland.

About the role

The current post holder has been leading QNIS for 10 years and is moving on to take up a new role. For the right person this is a great opportunity to shape the evolution of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland as it enters a new chapter. As Chief Executive and Nurse Director, you will have the chance to lead the strategic direction of the charity. Working with a group of expert and committed trustees, the postholder will be responsible for the development of a small charitable organisation with a large reputation.

As Chief Executive, the postholder is accountable for the running of the charity, providing leadership and management to the team of 10 staff (6.5 WTE) and the delivery of programmes. They will lead on strategy, vision and values creating a compelling narrative to support income generation. They will nurture and manage relationships with funders and potential funders to enable a sustainable future.

As Nurse Director, the role requires representing the Institute and community nursing/midwifery in strategic forums, bringing professional expertise, good evidence and wisdom to high level discussion.

The post holder is accountable to the Board of Trustees (QNIS Council). They have regular meetings with the Chair and an annual appraisal. The post is full time (37.5 hours), based in our office in central Edinburgh, with scope for flexible working from home. We are offering a salary of £84-90k depending on experience. There is 10% employers’ contribution to a group pension scheme, life cover and 28 days annual leave plus 10 bank holidays and an additional birthday leave day.

About you

A nurse, or midwife, you will be an experienced leader and manager. You will be highly numerate, able to set, monitor and manage financial plans including fundraising. You will be experienced in and knowledgeable about governance, particularly managing risk.

To support and supervise the team, you will be an experienced programme manager; familiar with designing and managing processes, budgets, evaluation and reporting on impact. You will be a highly skilled facilitator of learning and improvement, experienced in creating safe spaces for development. You will bring a range of creative, methodologies for improvement and change.

With a broad and deep knowledge of the health and social care policy landscape of Scotland, you will have a nuanced understanding of the range of issues affecting community nurses and midwives and Scotland’s public health challenges.

You will be highly self-aware and committed to wellbeing and self-care of yourself and others, bringing your own compassionate and creative leadership to setting a healthful workplace culture for the team at QNIS.

For more information about the role and the organisation, please download the Excellence Profile and visit the QNIS website.