Chief Operating Officer

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


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    North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

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A message from Nnenna Osuji, Chief Executive: 

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Hospital Trust is one of London’s busiest healthcare providers, providing hospital care and community services for the 350,000 people living in Enfield, Haringey and beyond. Every day, on average, we see 500 patients in A&E; 15 babies are born in our maternity unit; about 450 inpatients are cared for on our wards; about 50 patients have major or minor surgery in one of our 10 operating theatres; and about 800 people attend our outpatients’ clinics.  As a centre for specialist health services, including HIV, cardiology, blood disorders, diabetes, fertility, sickle cell and thalassaemia, it also provides a full range of cancer diagnosis and treatment services, and works in partnership with the community. 

Our new Chief Operating Officer has an important role to play in leading our ambitious plans for improvement and transformation towards delivering excellence. Working collaboratively with four Clinical Divisions - Medicine and Urgent Care; Community Services; Women, Children, Cancer and Diagnostics; and Surgery, Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Associated Services – the COO will directly line manage each of the members of the triumvirate across those divisions with professional support from the Chief Nurse and Medical Director as required.

The COO will be key in harnessing the talent and energy of the incredible people who work at North Mid, developing capability and capacity internally and with partners to deliver exceptional care and improved outcomes. This includes our partnership with Royal Free London to help us deliver better care for Enfield and Haringey residents and more opportunities for our staff. This partnership will both generate savings from better efficiency and improve existing – and create new – services for local people. We anticipate several benefits including reduced waiting times and more specialist care locally, as well as improved training and career opportunities and development for staff. 

The Trust has recently launched its Patient First Improvement System programme, which is our lean management and improvement system and underpins operational excellence, excellent outcomes for patients, excellent experiences for patients and staff and excellent value for money. The aim of implementing and embedding the Patient First Improvement System is to develop everyone’s passion for delivering exceptional quality every day and everyone is a respectful, inclusive, active and participating improver of the systems and processes they work in every day at every layer of our organisation, regardless of job role or profession.

This role requires a creative and inspirational leader, someone who will champion North Mid with partners, shaping and influencing strategy that plays to the strengths of the Trust and supports the delivery of system health. We want a people person, someone with boundless energy and enthusiasm, who is open, authentic and enjoys coming to work.  You will need a passion for improvement and commitment to transformational change in addition to a solid track record of empowering teams to deliver exceptional services.

The person appointed will be joining an ambitious senior leadership team and will work closely with the Chief Executive, to provide strategic leadership, and influence and shape the delivery of outstanding care across the Trust and system.

Informal discussions with the Chief Executive and/or visits to the Trust may be arranged for shortlisted candidates. At North Mid, we respect and value the diversity of our workforce, patients, service users, relatives, carers, and visitors, and we strongly welcome applications from candidates with a diverse background.

For further information about North Mid and details about the role click on the link below. If you would like a confidential conversation about the role or any aspect of the recruitment process, please call Stephanie Crossland on 0113 268 0704 or Melanie West on 020 7426 3975 or via email


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
09:00 Monday 11th October 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Tuesday 19th October 2021

Stakeholder Assessment & Final Panel Interviews
Friday 5th November 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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