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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/11/2020.

Chief Information Officer

Job Reference: 287-CEF-8-20

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool University Hospitals, Liverpool
Dependant on experience

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

In its most recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission gave the Trust an overall rating of Good.

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Chief Information Officer

Competitive salary – Very Senior Manager


Liverpool has a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to significantly improve healthcare for people in the city region and beyond, following the creation of the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust, one of the largest in the UK, was created on 1 October 2019 by a clinically-led merger of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. The newly formed Trust is responsible for managing services at Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Bringing together a combined workforce of over 12,000 staff, the Trust is the largest NHS employer in Merseyside and Cheshire. As well as providing general hospital services to local residents, the Trust provides a range of highly specialist services to more than two million people in the North West and beyond.

This merger has been driven by clinicians, who for a long time have recognised that a union of the Trusts will enable significant changes that will transform the way healthcare is delivered and improve outcomes for patients. The aim is to address the current levels of variation and fragmentation that exists between acute hospital services in Liverpool and to ensure that all services are of the highest quality. This will be delivered by single, city-wide clinical teams, which will also help us to attract and retain the best staff.

The Trust will also seek to influence the wider determinants of health by closer involvement in employment, housing and education and to be part of a first class research and scientific development partnership with Higher Education and business enterprise across the city and beyond.

As an Anchor organisation, at the heart of the resurgence and development of the city, you will be working in a dynamic, exhilarating, complex and fulfilling environment.

We are currently in the middle of a major construction project for our new city centre hospital at the heart of the knowledge quarter, alongside other significant and exciting enhancements to the rest of our estate. We operate the Major Trauma centre for the region and operate some of the best and most acknowledged clinical teams and facilities anywhere in the country, and are developing a research facility with unlimited ambition.

Whilst being a large national and international player within a vibrant, energetic city, our organisation retains a family feel with a ‘Can Do’ approach and a supportive environment for all our wonderful staff as seen within our new Trust Values, of being Caring, Fair and Innovative.

The ambitious strategic plan for the Trust will take place over the next few years and is underpinned with our commitment to technology, data and IT. We will build on the skills and talents of our fantastic workforce to spread best practice, deliver innovation and provide sustainable services for patients. This is a great time to join our fantastic organisation; to shape a robust and long-term digital strategy, which builds upon our Global Digital Exemplar status and is developing partnerships with local and international exemplars in this field. We aim to develop a truly world class Informatics division, focusing on staff with ambition and drive to be the leaders in a continuous improvement environment. We will become the very best place for staff to train and work in a brilliant, dedicated and passionate team.

This is such an exciting opportunity within the Trust for a high-performing, values-driven, Chief Information Officer. The successful candidate will provide senior leadership that will deliver some of the most significant service changes local health services are likely to see and build a lasting digital legacy.

The role

We are seeking an exceptional individual with significant experience, insight and personal credibility to lead Informatics across our new organisation, shaping the team and motivating it to become an exemplar Informatics function. As one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country, we have a thirst to be world class; we want to help shape the regional approach and influence the national picture. You will have the drive to get us there.

With extensive experience of working at sub-Board level / VSM level, you will be responsible for the effective delivery of cohesive Informatics services including ICT, Clinical Systems and Business Intelligence including Clinical Outcome Data, Software Development and Integration.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Finance Officer, you will represent the Trust’s Informatics interests across the wider health community supporting the development of the Cheshire and Merseyside digital agenda.

If you feel you can step up to this challenge and wish to discuss the role further, contact Rob Forster, Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Finance Officer on 0151 706 5497, c/o Megan Rea, PA.

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The Trust is committed to creating a well-managed,flexible working environment that supports staff & promotes welfare & development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity;we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community.We operate Zero Tolerance to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment.We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment & selection process is accessible to all.Flexible Working applications will be considered.

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We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer.

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