Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Berkshire

  • Location

    Surrey and Berkshire

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive Salary

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    20 September 2021

  • Client

    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Ref: GSe78278

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement.  As a well performing, well led and ambitious Foundation Trust, we have exciting times ahead of us.  We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.  We are proud of the strong links we have with our communities, our engaged and caring workforce (comprising over 9,500 people) and our reputation for delivering effective, safe care.  Certainly, this is a time to reflect and recognise our many outstanding achievements.  But it is also the time to look to the future. 

We are proud of the ambitions laid out in our strategy, Our Future FHFT, including our vision to be a leader in health & wellbeing, delivering excellence for our communities.  We are excited to be undertaking significant programmes of investment, such as a £49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site and the construction of a brand new £98m state of the art hospital to replace the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood. We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and we will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. We plan to introduce our EPR - Epic - early in March 2022 and expect this to provide the springboard for the next steps in our clinical transformation. 

The role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer is a pivotal one within the Trust. Deputising for the COO across the operations portfolio, the post holder provides leadership of Trust operations on a daily basis, working closely with triumvirate teams and executives. Leading on the delivery of the Urgent Care standards including site-based flow and complex discharge, they will also lead on all contingent and incident response planning and execution. The role will have responsibility for key strategic changes to how FHFT delivers care in partnership with internal and external leaders, including working across primary care, community providers, acute delivery, and ICS colleagues.

With extensive leadership and senior management experience in a complex acute healthcare provider, the successful candidate will need a track record of leading and managing service change and redesign, as well as the ability to work across organisational boundaries to deliver change with a variety of partners. We’re looking for someone who is thorough yet adaptable, committed to high standards and an active team player, politically astute and able to communicate at all levels, but most importantly someone who shares our values.

For more information click on the button below or contact Richard Murphy or Melanie Shearer on 07393 013 067 at GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 20th September 2021

Preliminary interviews
Wednesday 29th September 2021

Stakeholder Assessment & Final Panel Interviews
4th 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.

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