Chief Operating Officer

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

West Sussex

  • Location

    West Sussex

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  • Sector


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  • Expiry date

    23 September 2019

  • Client

    Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ref: GSe57727

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) was created in 2009 following the merger of Royal West Sussex and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS trusts.  We were awarded Foundation Trust status just over four years after our creation, and in 2016 we were rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission – at the time one of only three acute trusts in the country to receive the health watchdog’s highest rating.  We serve a population of 450,000 across a catchment area covering most of West Sussex.  From our three hospital sites, we provide a range of services including a full emergency service, planned and emergency services in surgery and medicine, women and children’s services and therapeutic, diagnostic and pharmaceutical services.

We pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost.  Our vision (“We Care”) is at the heart of all that that we do, and with a current joint leadership arrangement in place with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, our commitment to delivering outstanding services to patients has been further demonstrated. 

We are now seeking to appoint a Chief Operating Officer who for WSHFT.  The appointed individual will demonstrate a track record gained in a leadership role at or near Board level within a large and complex healthcare organisation.  You will have substantial experience gained in operational management across a diverse portfolio of services and will have worked at the forefront of continuously improving quality, patient experience and outcomes.  An established leader with substantial senior management experience, you will be responsible for the delivery of performance targets and service modernisation, development and clinical governance within WSHFT.

You will bring resilience, credibility, integrity and creativity to the role, and will be passionate about providing the highest standards of patient care.  Above all else, you will have a values set aligned to our own and the capability to inspire and motivate a wide range of staff and stakeholders.

Closing dateMonday 23rd September 2019
Preliminary interviewsMonday 30th September 2019
Final panelFriday 11th October 2019

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, 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

Serena Dobson: 07530 627120

Duncan Gruselle: 0113 205 6071