Chief People Officer

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


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    01 August 2022

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    Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

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Brilliant Care. Brilliant People. Brilliant Improvement.

At Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), our vision is Aspiring to Provide Brilliant Care to One + All, and these three key strategic goals are our plan for doing this.

People are our most valuable asset, and we know that we can only deliver Brilliant Care and Brilliant Improvement through them. Our new Chief People Officer will have a vital role to play in creating an environment and culture where Brilliant People can be developed and supported to ensure we are truly fit for the future.

As one of the largest employers in the county, it is an exciting time to join us as we begin our recovery from the pandemic and begin to develop the workforce of the future. We are continuing to reinvent ourselves as an organisation, embedding Quality Improvement at the heart of everything we do.

We want to change, transform and modernise, refocusing our efforts on delivering the right services, in the right locations, with the right workforce, to a brilliant standard, and our Chief People Officer will be a key part of that journey. The NHS and RCHT have changed tremendously over recent years, and this person will have an important role across the system shaping, designing and developing our workforce and culture of the future.

We are looking for someone who matches our ambition to provide Brilliant Care, but equally who will care for our Brilliant People. We want someone who has compassion at the heart of everything they do, and who wants to use that to help shape and grow our culture. The role offers the chance to not just shape this within the Trust, but to work and engage across the entire local health and care system, and we are looking for someone who will want to be a role model for our values every single day.

We aspire to be one of the country’s finest places to live and work. The last year has seen many people reflect on their priorities, this is an opportunity to change your lifestyle - choose a vibrant career with a progressive and innovative role in idyllic Cornwall, rich in culture, history and heritage. As one of the most rural counties in England, Cornwall has countryside a plenty and you can travel from some of our biggest towns to a remote village within minutes, from the surfing beaches of North Cornwall coast to the small fishing villages to the south. With hundreds of beaches on both the north and south coasts, there are plenty of places to relax with a book, take a dip in the sea or take your four-legged friend for a walk.

The 430,000 people who live across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserve Brilliant Care, and we want to talk to people who feel they can deliver Brilliant Improvement for our Brilliant Staff. If you feel this is you, then please contact Melanie Shearer on the number below, as we want to talk to you. We hope you see this as the opportunity we do, to shape and develop a modern people, workforce and OD strategy rooted in compassionate leadership, to truly enable us to deliver Brilliant Care to One + All.

For more information click on Apply or for a confidential discussion contact Melanie Shearer or Lucy Deane at GatenbySanderson via email - /


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday, 1st August 2022

Preliminary interviews
w/c 15th and 22nd August 2022

Final panel
w/c 12th 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.


  1. People OD SLT Structure - June 2022.pptx
  2. RCHT Senior Leadership.pptx
  3. RCHT Strategy 2019-2022.pdf
  4. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Exec.docx
  5. People Strategy 2020-2023.pdf