Chief People Officer

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


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    18 July 2022

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    Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

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Can you help us become famous for our focused and compassionate people practices? We're looking for that special someone who can help us shape a high performing, inclusive and empowering culture - could it be you?

We were the first Trust in England to provide joined-up hospital and community care with social care, and we continue to work with our partners to improve the way we deliver safe, high-quality health and social care. Serving a resident population of 286,000 people, this can increase by up to 100,000 in holiday periods, and out 6,500 staff deliver outstanding care from our main acute hospital, Torbay Hospital, as well as a further five community hospitals.

We have been given a share of £3.7 billion government funding for a new hospital development, and this investment will drive a one in a lifetime programme of service transformation. We are a key member of the Devon health and care system, and our vision and strategy tie closely into this, using what we have learnt to continue to improve our services for patients.

Our Chief People Officer role is a critical one for our Trust, reporting to the Chief Executive as a voting member of our board. Responsible for the delivery of our strategy and the development and implementation of our ambitious people and workforce strategy, we want to become a national exemplar for focused and compassionate people practices, with an innovative approach to develop a high performing, inclusive and empowering culture. We recognise our role as an anchor institution for the local community, and the development of effective partnerships and collaborations with both local community groups as well as other parts of the health and care system will be critical for success.

We are looking for a HR leader with a track record of driving effective and long-lasting change through organisations, with an understanding of how to develop and implement workforce strategies. With experience of working at or close to board level, we need someone with the ability to build effective system partnerships to drive change, and with experience of working in a large and complex organisation. We are open to a breadth of backgrounds and experience for this role and would welcome those who feel their values and drive to innovate match our own.

For more information about this position and to view the Candidate Brief, please visit:

If you can see yourself in our values and ambitions, then we would love to hear from you.

In the first instance please contact Melanie Shearer, Jim Canning or Lucy Deane of GatenbySanderson via  for an initial informal conversation, and we look forward to hopefully receiving your application soon. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday, 18th July 2022

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
Monday, 1st and Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Final panel
Wednesday, 7th September 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.


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