Director of People and Organisational Development

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


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    12 July 2021

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    Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) are a large provider of NHS care in patients’ homes and in the community. In July 2019, the trust was rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. We employ in the region of 5,117 (31 March 2020) in a wide range of clinical and support roles. We serve three million people; 1.5million living in Kent and 1.5million people outside of Kent.

Over the last year COVID-19 took over our lives and changed so much in the way we provide healthcare and the way in which the NHS is perceived by the people we serve. We are very proud of our workforce who continue to deliver high-quality care to the people we serve in Kent, Medway, East Sussex and parts of London. That pride in our work and the amazing people we have at KCHFT has helped us address the challenges bought about by COVID-19.

Our focus – despite the pandemic – has remained the people we see, treat and care for together with their families, our people and our partners as we continue with our mission to empower adults and children to live well, to be the best employer and work with our partners as one. Whatever their role, wherever they work – every single one of our 5,000 colleagues, plays an outstanding role in delivering the high quality care to our communities.

Our new People Strategy sets out a commitment to all our colleagues – to be the best employer – so united, we are ready to face whatever the challenges that lie ahead. We aim to have a happy, engaged and productive workforce, which provides outstanding service and care.

Our new Director of People and Organisation Development plays a pivotal role in enabling the delivery of the highest standard of healthcare to patients through the creation of a culture characterised by engagement, innovation, accountability, patient focused and performance delivery. They will be working with firm foundations, in March 2021, our staff survey results were fantastic. We scored significantly higher than other community trusts in almost every area and in five areas were top. Our vision is to be the best employer for our people and these results will help us strive to be even better at supporting and empowering our staff during one of the most challenging years in NHS history, and in years to come.

As an Executive Director, the Director of People and OD has a critical role on the Board, providing expert advice and support, as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the Trust and for the quality of service and care provided to our patients. We’re seeking someone who shares our passion to build and maintain the culture, capacity and capability required to meet the challenges we face in the years ahead and continue to deliver high-quality patient-centred care, with our people setting the pace. The role offers the chance to not just shape this within the Trust, but to work and engage across the entire local health and care system, and we are looking for someone who will want to be a role model for our values every single day.

We firmly believe our trust belongs to our people – both the people we care for and the people who work here. Our people are our most valued asset and the best resource we have to deliver all that is required of us. They shoulder enormous responsibility for the lives of patients and their working life must reflect this; they should be trusted, have compassionate leadership and be duly recognised for their contribution.

If you believe you’ve got what it takes to make a different for our people and the communities we serve, we’d love to hear from you.

For more information click on Apply or for a confidential discussion contact Melanie Shearer or Peter Guilder at GatenbySanderson on 07545 441 127 or email  

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 12th July 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Monday 19th & Wednesday 21st July 2021

Stakeholder Sessions
Monday 2nd August 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 4th August 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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