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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/03/2020.

Strategy and Engagement Director

Job Reference: 217-VN453-19-20

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Brierley Hill
Circa £100,000 DOE

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of people from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities. Selection will be on a basis of merit. The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Employer and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy. To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

The Trust is proud to support our Armed Forces community and have signed up to the Step Into Health initiative. We welcome applications from Armed Forces Veterans and Service leavers.

Strategy and Engagement Director

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Brierley Hill, Dudley – With travel across the West Midlands region

Salary: Circa £100,000 (Dependent on experience)

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust is a £330m NHS Foundation Trust providing emergency and urgent services and delivering NHS111 across the West Midlands region to a population of c5.6m people. We have recently retained our CQC “Outstanding” rating making us the only Ambulance Trust in the country to hold this distinction.

Our Trust has an exceptional track record of operational and financial performance, with growth, stability and resilience during a period of unprecedented challenge to the NHS. Whilst facing increasing service demands we have been committed to ensuring our patients receive quality care in the most appropriate settings. The NHS landscape is changing and our commitment to being part of this wider health and social care integration is seen as an important strategic focus.

As a result, we are now recruiting to the newly created post of Strategy and Engagement Director, to play a leading role in identifying and developing these partnerships and collaborative ways of working.

As Strategy and Engagement Director you will report directly to the Chief Executive and will be a member of the Trust's Senior Leadership Team. You will work closely with the Board to define and implement the Trust’s strategy, with a particular focus on developing innovative partnerships and collaborative ‘system’ working, ensuring our strategy is aligned to the transformation outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

You will lead our activities in relation to annual business and strategic planning, working internally across all directorates, to understand the challenges, capabilities and aspirations of our Trust. You will represent WMAS externally, actively engaging with partners and horizon scanning for suitable opportunities, ensuring the Trust is fully engaged with STP / ICP partners across the region.

We are looking for a true strategic thinker and relationship builder. You will be able to successfully navigate within a highly complex and political environment and perform the remit of the role outlined above. You will need to be well networked across the health and social care sector and have a thorough understanding of current national and local agendas.

Most importantly, you will be an individual who operates with passion and integrity, demonstrates an inclusive and collaborative leadership style and upholds values which are aligned to those of our Trust.

Recruitment Timetable:

Applications close: 29 March

Shortlisting Interviews: 8 & 14 April

Final Interviews: w/c 27 April

If you are interested in joining a high performing and ambitious organisation and want to play an influential role across multiple health and care systems, we would welcome your interest and application.

To discuss the recruitment process or request a copy of the information pack, please contact our recruitment partner Joe Joyce of The Finegreen Group on

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