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Chief Digital and Information Officer

Job Reference: 470-20-157-SH

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Isle of Wight

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Joint Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO)

Portsmouth, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, South Coast

Competitive Salary & Pension - Very Senior Manager (VSM) Salary Band


A strategic, outcome focused joint Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) is needed to refine and deliver information, analytics and digital innovation across these two, dynamic NHS Trusts. The new CDIO will also be the advocate for the Trusts’ needs at regional and national level. The CDIO will be the strategic leader responsible for the overall delivery of digital and informatics capabilities across Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The Trusts serve the needs of a combined population of about 800,00, with a workforce of over 10,000 people.


Portsmouth Hospitals have made impressive strides in recent times with the creation of a Digital Strategy for the Trust. This has sparked a plethora of digital initiatives, including iterative improvements to our Clinical Portal and Hospital Bed Management tool, plus the adoption of Agile development methods. However, we are ambitious to go further and to build on these solid foundations by considering the opportunities that working in partnership with the Isle of Wight brings to both organisations and the wider system.


We have created the new post of joint CDIO to shape the overarching vision for aligned informatics and digital strategies across both Trusts and to represent that vision externally. The new CDIO will build on the solid digital foundations in place through the innovative deployment of digital initiatives and the creation of a strategic portfolio of digital change to deliver the ambitions of both Trusts. We believe the development and management of the Trusts’ information, analytics and digital agendas should fundamentally enable the delivery of high quality and responsive clinical services to patients across the region. This role will be the key architect of an intuitive, insight-led, connected technology experience for our colleagues, patients and partners.


The new CDIO will hold strategic and operational accountability for IT, Informatics and Digital across both Trusts, plus lead on technology-enabled business change. The CDIO will foster senior stakeholder engagement, both within the Trusts and across the local health economies. As CDIO, you will lead teams of IT and Informatics professionals of close to 200 people, plus manage a multi-million-pound annual technology budget.



The Role


  • Take complete accountability for successful delivery of current and future IT and digital solutions across both Trusts. Build an aligned shared IT and Digital Strategy for both organisations, which will provide high-quality, innovative clinical care to patients and an enhanced value-add technology experience for staff, including colleagues in partner organisations.

  • Build peer-to peer-relationships with senior clinical and organisational stakeholders across both Trusts. Engage and articulate the art of the possible for digital. Act as an ambassador and seek opportunities to co-operate externally, ensuring the Trusts are well represented in both the regional and national health economy. Play an active role as part of the wider Hampshire and Isle of Wight partnerships, in collaboration with other health providers, and use digital technology to provide innovative ways of delivering healthcare and seamless access to patient records.

  • Provide strong functional leadership to the IT, informatics and digital teams. Enthuse, inspire and build confidence to increase capability and widen the adoption of contemporary approaches. Further develop a professional team culture which connects with purpose and expands on a reputation for innovative, consistent delivery.


The Candidate


  • An impactful, motivated information and digital leader, with the communication and relationship building skills to operate at the strategic level. You will have held senior responsibility for a significant Information and/or IT/Digital function, ideally in healthcare, and have the gravitas to relate to board-level organisational, clinical and external stakeholders.

  • A proven leader of information and technology teams, with highly developed people skills, you will demonstrate the ability to build a compelling future vision for technology. You will be a collaborative leader and inspiring mentor and you should bring demonstrable experience of maturing teams, helping embed continuous professional development and introducing new ways of working.

  • You will have demonstrable experience of developing and implementing information and digital strategies in complex settings and of taking accountability for the delivery of subsequent solutions. You should also demonstrate significant delivery of digitally enabled transformational change to a wide range of business processes and systems.



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