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Executive Director of IM&T

Job Reference: 202-238-17

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Dependent on Experience

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was the first Ambulance Trust in the country registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) demonstrating the highest levels of service quality, performance and financial management. SWAST delivers high performing emergency and urgent care to the residents and transient population of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset along with NHS 111 services for Cornwall and Dorset.

SWASFT offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to patients, ensuring long-term sustainability and financial strength for the future.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is seeking to appoint a visionary IT leader to the role of Executive Director of IM&T. You will shape and deliver an innovative, customer-focused IT and Communications Strategy aimed at delivering an excellent user-experience to our patients, staff and partner organisations. A board-level leadership role the IM&T Director will build progressive relationships with peers both in and outside the organisation and deliver organisational value through the intelligent use of contemporary, efficient IT systems and solutions.

The Trust is an immensely fast paced and progressive organisation employing more than 4,000 staff. We have 95 ambulance stations, two clinical control rooms, six air ambulance bases and two Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART).We provide a wide range of emergency and urgent care services across a fifth of England from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the West right through to Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. SWASFT is the primary provider of 999 services across the South West.

The Role:

  • Conceive, shape and deliver an aligned IM&T strategy which meets the evolving demands of the organisation, through effective, and efficient, use of information and communication technology. You will then go on to own the subsequent successful implementation and adoption of the IM&T strategy.

  • As a member of the Board the post holder is expected to contribute fully to the development and delivery of Trust strategy and the efficient and effective management of all aspects of Trust services and to undertake a corporate role for the Trust. Build positive, transparent relationships with key stakeholders of all levels. Stimulate, influence and manage demand for contemporary IT Services and initiatives.

  • Provide strong functional leadership to the IT function. Build teams of highly competent, customer-focused technology practitioners. Embed a culture of pro-active, outcomes focused excellence in customer service.

The Candidate:

  • You will have significant strategic level information technology experience, ideally gained in a fast paced, communications driven environment with a distributed workforce. You will have the ability to understand the needs of the Trust and a proven track record interpreting wider organisational goals and translating them into aligned, deliverable IM&T strategies.

  • An outstanding, positive communicator with the ability to pro-actively build relationships with a range of stakeholders, up to and including board level, both internally and across the wider health economy.

  • An excellent people leader, able to inspire and enthuse technology staff. Able to form cohesive teams, create a shared vision for IT functions and instil a customer focused culture.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Alex Richardson on 0161 498 3409

this advertisement is being managed by Berkwick Partners. For further information, please follow link on attached Job Description.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 25th February 2018

Any documents attached to this advert must be downloaded and emailed to or posted to the HR Services team, SWAST HQ, Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter, EX2 7HY. Applications received without these completed documents may not be shortlisted. Please note that some vacancies may not have any relevant attachments.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

If you are shortlisted for this post, we will normally send you a direct email to the address entered on your application form.

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I am sure that you will appreciate the financial pressures on NHS organisations and our desire to prioritise resources into patient care. Whilst we would wish to respond to all correspondence, we are unable to contact candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is working towards equal opportunities. Due to under representation within the Trust we would particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups, women and those with a disability.

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