Director of Transformation, Innovation and Digital

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


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    27 May 2019

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    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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As a Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has much to be proud of.  Ours is a story of consistently strong performance and ongoing improvement.  As one of the first NHS trusts to be awarded Foundation Trust status in 2005, Frimley Park Hospital has a history of providing excellent services to the population it serves; and in 2014 the Frimley Park site was rated as 'outstanding' by CQC - the first hospital to be given this grading by the regulator.  On the 1st October 2014 the Trust became Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and we are proud of the journey of rapid improvement undertaken post acquisition – in 2016 CQC described the “remarkable” improvement in care at Wexham Park Hospital as the “most impressive” turnaround it has seen since the start of its inspection regime in 2013.  More recently, our latest inspection by CQC (the Trust’s first full inspection post acquisition) gave us yet more to be proud of as it reflected many examples of good and outstanding care and provided the us with an overall ‘good’ rating. 

Today, as a well performing, well led and ambitious Foundation Trust, we have exciting times ahead of us.  We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.  We are proud of the strong links we have to our communities, our engaged and caring workforce (comprising over 8,500 people) and our reputation for delivering effective, safe care.  Certainly, this is a time to reflect and recognise our many outstanding achievements.  But it is also the time to look to the future. 

The financial and demand challenges mean that the NHS is not sustainable in the way it has operated for over 70 years. We in Frimley Health must change at pace in this era of empowered patients, chronic health conditions and new technologies to continue to provide excellence in care in the future. There are opportunities to drive synergies and efficiencies across our diverse, multi-site organisation and we are committed to transforming our models of care to achieve them.   We are in the process of renewing our strategy for the future and our emerging vision is to be a leader in health & wellbeing, delivering excellence for our communities.  Significant programmes of investment, such as a £49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site, plans for a brand new £98m state of the art hospital to replace the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood in Ascot and significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes, support our vision and will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. 

The Director of Transformation, Innovation & Digital Services is a new position that will make a significant contribution to the achievement of our vision and strategic aims.  Reporting to the CEO, you will be required to collaborate and partner with stakeholders throughout the Frimley system to identify and respond to opportunities to change and improve the services we provide to our local population.  To this end, you’ll play a leading role in our plans, ensuring that our approaches, resources and ways of working not only support outstanding patient outcomes but also enable integrated care and embed a culture of continuous quality improvement. 

There are opportunities to drive further synergies and efficiencies across our diverse, multi-site organisation and we are committed to adopting new and better ways of working to achieve them.  However, we are committed to extending beyond the mere modernisation of our operations, technology and digital infrastructure and won’t settle until we are exemplary in every aspect of activity. 

This is likely to mean challenging our care models and clinical pathways to design and transition to leaner, patient-centred ways of working, resulting in consistent best practice and an agile and efficient organisation that is able to iteratively introduce and maximise service, digital and data innovation at pace; not only at Frimley Health, but across the wider system. 

In this role, you’ll operate at the heart of such activity, taking the lead on some of our most ambitious and high profile programmes of work.  This role will be broad in remit and will require an individual who is strategic, commercial, change orientated and future focused, yet respectful of our history.  This is a great development opportunity supporting career progression for an inspirational individual who can work with our staff and clinical leaders to continue to develop, enable and support exceptional standards of care. Strategic and innovative thinkers, who can foster collaboration within the Trust and with our partners.

Closing dateMonday 27th May 2019
Long listingMonday 3rd June 2019
Preliminary interviews4th & 5th June 2019
Short listingWednesday 12th June 2019
Final panelMonday 1st July 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Contact details
Melanie Shearer: 07785 616 548

Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745

Lucy Deane: 07825 990 792

Jim Canning: 020 7426 3985