Executive Director of Strategy and Integration

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System

West Midlands

  • Location

    West Midlands

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Attractive VSM salary

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    14 February 2022

  • Client

    Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System

Ref: GSe83109






About Us

Our Integrated Care System (ICS) footprint covers 1,347 square miles and is one of the smallest in terms of population, covering around 500,000 people across the area of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. The ICS boundaries are coterminous with our two Local Authority footprints of Shropshire County Council and Telford and Wrekin Council. We have two acute hospitals, with services delivered by one acute trust, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH). We also have a specialist orthopaedic hospital, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), a community trust (Shropcom), a mental health trust - Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) which covers Shropshire and Staffordshire, and the region is served by the West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS). Alongside this, our partnership includes our GP Practices, social care services and our diverse voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

Our Opportunities and Challenges

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is a beautiful place to live and work, but there is more that we can do to improve people’s lives, tackle inequalities and address the cause of loneliness, poverty and obesity.  As a system we are committed to working ‘together as one’ to seek opportunities to work differently to join services up, maximise the opportunities of innovation and digital technology and ensure our environments are fit for our staff to deliver world-class modern-day health and care services.  We are working in partnership across statutory and non-statutory health and care providers, through open and compassionate relationships; organising teams as locally as possible, and working with our communities, volunteers and staff, to enable our populations to live healthier lives. Equally, our size enables us to be agile and fleet of foot in terms of decision making and delivery.

Subject to legislative approval, our ICS will take on statutory form in July 2022; and following the appointment of our ICB Chair Designate Sir Neil McKay and ICB Interim Designate Chief Executive, Simon Whitehouse, we are now embarking on the process of appointing to several exciting new Executive roles, each of whom will play a pivotal role as we develop our vision, structure, our governance, our strategy and, perhaps most importantly, delivery for local people.  As a system we have committed to 10 pledges that demonstrate our responsibility for the wider social and economic prosperity of our populations.  We are seeking to create a sustainable health and care system in which our communities and our workforce are supported and empowered to thrive and to deliver our aims to reduce health inequalities and improve wellbeing.

The Role

This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious and experienced Executive Director of Strategy and Integration to join the ICB and work with our stakeholders to develop and implement our system strategy.  The successful candidate will lead on the production of a robust 5-year response to the NHS Long Term Plan and the development of the ICP Integration strategy for the system.  This is a broad leadership role with responsibility for strategy, digital, the people plan, strategic commissioning, communication and engagement, primary care, and business intelligence.  Critically you will embed our approach to leading strategic and integrated commissioning for our system maximising the opportunity presented by our new organisation’s capacity and aims.  You will be passionate about creating better access, improving life outcomes, and reducing health inequalities and bring demonstrable experience of ensure that system resources are effectively deployed and aligned to population health needs.   Bringing a transformational approach to working in partnership with clinical and professional colleagues and ensuring we create a digitally enabled culture, you will work with colleagues to embed a sustainable People Plan to support our ICS workforce. Bringing experience of working at Board level, you will demonstrate leadership of developing and delivering system strategies in highly complex and contentious environments.  With an open and inclusive style, you will quickly build credibility with our diverse stakeholders demonstrating vision and knowledge of integration and strategic commissioning. 

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We particularly welcome applications from people who are from groups which are underrepresented at senior levels in the NHS and wider society, and we are a Disability Confident Employer.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Lucy Deane, Mark Bate or Emma Pickup using Lucy's email address (lucy.deane@gatenbysanderson.com).


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 14th February 2022

Final Panel Interviews
Thursday 3rd March 2022

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.



  1. NHS STW Brochure Final.pdf
  2. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Exec.docx