Chief Financial Officer

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust


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    31 August 2021

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    London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) plays a key role within a complex but well-established regional system, working closely with partners in the London metropolitan area; the Trusts vision and goals reflect this commitment to working in partnership, whilst recognising the diverse needs of the organisations and communities served. 

Having established the need for change and transformation to improve outcomes and experiences for patients, LAS has an ambitious 5-year strategy to become a world-class ambulance service, ensuring patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.  And indeed, the process of developing a more specialised response at home, on scene, or via phone or online is now well underway and has shown dividends in the most recent CQC rating for the Trust as ‘Good’.  This has also, and will continue to, entail working with commissioners and all other health and emergency service partners across London to develop a consistent and equitable service for patients that is of better value and generates savings, as well as contribute towards Londoners' having health outcomes that are amongst the best in the world.  

The backdrop of Covid-19 has further complicated this already complex situation - requiring significant change in service delivery to protect staff and service users and increased pressure on finance as demands on services have increased and continue to do so in the pandemic’s aftermath.  This has come at a time when implications of operational pressures, increasingly heavy regulatory oversight, system demands, and patient expectations were already combining to form a context that was challenging for many providers.

With a new Chief Executive having recently joined, and the current CFO due for retirement in 2022, LAS is looking to find its next senior financial executive to help the Trust continue to deliver its vision and strategy for the people of London, in an exciting yet challenging environment. This is a pivotal time for the Trust which provides scope to innovate and to influence future service provision, with scope for a brief which is wider than finance this post offers the opportunity to make a difference.  As such this role requires strong leadership skills and fresh thinking.  You will join a recently strengthened Board that has clear ambitions, and you will lead a strong, experienced team. CCAB qualified, you will be an experienced finance director who is able to command the respect of colleagues internally and externally. Your ability to build on the partnerships with our commissioners and other partners locally and regionally will be essential. 

Further Information

If you believe you can contribute to our ambition to be the best ambulance trust in the NHS, we want to hear from you.  For a confidential conversation please call David Heaton or Melanie West of GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6094 or 020 7426 3975. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
09:00am Tuesday 31st August 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson via MS Teams
Tuesday 7th September 2021

Final panel
w/c 13th September 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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