Chief Medical Officer

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust


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    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

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This is an exciting time to join University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) as our new Chief Medical Officer as we work with staff and patients on the continued development and implementation of our clinical service strategies.  You will play a key role in driving the overall vision of the Trust, providing inspirational strategic and professional leadership to our Medical workforce and our wider staff groups. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a new leadership team committed to working with staff, our public and our partners to transform services for the people of Sussex and beyond.

UH Sussex was formed on 1 April 2021, we employ nearly 20,000 people and have an operating budget of more than £1 billion.  We run seven hospitals in Chichester, Worthing, Shoreham, Haywards Health and Brighton and Hove, as well as numerous community and satellite services. The trust is responsible for all district general acute services for Brighton and Hove, West and Mid Sussex and parts of East Sussex. We also provide specialised and tertiary services across Sussex and parts of the South East, including neuroscience, arterial vascular surgery, neonatology, specialised paediatric, cardiac, cancer, renal, infectious diseases and HIV medicine services. Our vision ‘Excellent care, every time’ is at the heart of all that that we do - we pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost.

Our journey has started and we are excited about the opportunities for clinical services to be developed and delivered for Sussex in a different way, enabled by our Patient First ethos which shapes our values and gives structure to our improvement and performance management. Our shared sense of purpose, commitment to investing in and developing our workforce; and focus on the continuous improvement pursuit of excellent care, every time, for our patients underpins all that we do.

As an Executive team member working with a collective leadership model, our CMO will be a progressive leader of our commitment to quality improvement, safety and efficiency, and will empower our clinical workforce to drive transformational change beyond organisational boundaries. For this pivotal Board position, we are keen to hear from Medical Leaders with Board level or equivalent experience.  A collaborative and innovative leader; you will be a champion for diversity and inclusion and for putting the patient at the heart of all strategic decisions.  Bringing energy and vision to our journey of continuous improvement, you will ably establish credibility in engaging with a wide range of partners within our local and regional systems. 

For more information, click on the button below and contact Julia St Clare, or Melanie Shearer on 07785 616 548 or by email to

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 27th September 2021

Interview Preparation Calls
Friday 1st October 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 6th October 2021

How to Apply

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.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


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