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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/10/2020.

Managing Director

Job Reference: 224-PA2696385

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry

Here at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Trust, we are very proud of our reputation for providing outstanding care to our patients. Our continued success is accomplished through the skills and expertise of our staff, which is underpinned by our values: Friendly, Caring, Excellence, Professional and Respect. If your values align to ours, and you would like to join us in aspiring to deliver world class patient care, we would love to hear from you.

Managing Director (VSM)

Full Time (part time may be considered)

Managing Director – Clinical Support Unit

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) is a leading orthopaedic centre of excellence. A specialist hospital with a reputation for innovation, the Trust provides a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal (bone, joint and tissue) surgical, medical and rehabilitation services.

The organisation is a single site hospital based in Oswestry, Shropshire, close to the border with Wales. As such, the Trust serves the people of England and Wales, as well as acting as a national healthcare provider. It also hosts some local services which support the communities in and around Oswestry.

As a hospital, our overriding objective is to deliver outstanding patient care and we pride ourselves in the standards we achieve and in the feedback from our patients on the quality of our services. We are one of the most highly rated hospitals in the CQC Friends and Family Test, with 99% of patients rating their care as “excellent” or “good”.

in the 2019 national Adult Inpatient Survey we were named as one of just eight organisations placed in the top band of Trusts delivering results that are considered “much better than expected”, with patient experience that is substantially better than elsewhere. RJAH is also classed as “much better” in both medical care and surgery.

We are looking to recruit to an exciting senior leadership role within our clinically led structure.

You will report to the Chief Executive but be responsible on a day-to-day basis to a part-time Clinical Chair.

The successful post holder will provide strong transformational leadership to ensure the Unit delivers the Trust strategic objectives and performance targets that in turn deliver measurable improvements in outcomes.

Work with the Clinical Chair and Assistant Chief Professions (ACP), you will develop a strategic and operational plan for the Unit to ensure that all services are subject to proper planning, organisation, direction and control and that risks are identified and managed. Focussed on patients you will deliver quality and productivity improvement plans and major strategic change programmes in line with Trust objectives.

The post holder will lead the day-to-day operational management of the Unit working closely with the ACP and Business Partners to deliver, develop and sustain the highest quality services for patients and to develop and deliver an employee engagement strategy for the Unit.

The post holder will be expected to operate autonomously and to possess and utilise specialist, in depth knowledge and experience in the areas of leadership, contracting, service redesign, operational management, performance management, budget management, developing partnership and collaborative working across organisational boundaries; importantly system level.

You will both represent the Trust externally and lead on specific strategic areas across the Trust on behalf of the other Unit Managing Directors and the Chief Executive.

Our Managing Directors attend senior leadership team meetings and committees of the Board as required.

As well as already being an experienced manager you will have the credibility to operate strategically. You will have a track-record of providing exemplary leadership and delivering improvements for patients and staff. You will have experience of operating in a senior leadership role and be able to demonstrate your impact.

If you are a credible visible leader who wants to work with the best staff in the NHS, we want to hear from you.

Closing date for applications is 23rd October 2020

For informal discussion with the Chief Executive, Mark Brandreth, please contact

Due to the current pandemic, informal visits will not be possible


We are committed to Equal Opportunities and welcome applications regardless of age, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation. We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the post.

We reserve the right to close a job advert early where sufficient applications have been received. The Trust does not offer interview expenses to shortlisted candidates unless indicated in the advert.

All employees of the Trust are expected to demonstrate our five values which underpin the delivery of outstanding patient care (Friendly, Excellence, Caring, Professional, Respect)

Prospective employees are therefore also expected to demonstrate these values throughout the process, and we would like to make you aware that every interaction with the Trust during the recruitment and selection process will be assessed against the Trust’s Values.

In submitting an application form to NHS Jobs, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. You also authorise the RJAH Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Electronic Staff Record IAT process should you be appointed to the post.

Your application form and reference must include a minimum of 3 years employment or education history. Please explain any gaps in your employment/education history and reasons for these gaps.

The Trust reserves the right to withdraw any offers of employment if pre-employment checks are not satisfactory, including references and previous attendance record.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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