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Head of Corporate Services

Job Reference: 304-A-21-107021

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£53,168-£62,001 pa pro rata

“Defined by our people”

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, employing over 20,000 staff and treating over 2.8 million people per year. We have more than 2,700 beds across all our sites with the main hospital services being based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and other services based at Birmingham Chest Clinic and Solihull community health premises.

As the Trust is a multi-site organisation you may be required to work at any of the Trust sites and you may need to change your normal place of work, either temporarily or on a permanent basis, as a result of development or reorganisation of Trust services.

UHB has an international reputation for its quality of care, information technology, clinical education and training and research and provides a wide range of services including highly specialised regional and national services. The Trust is a designated Major Trauma Centre, operates Europe’s largest Critical Care Unit and Organ Transplant Service and, through its hosting of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, provides a full range of medical services to injured military personnel.

Our core purposes are excellent clinical quality, patient experience, workforce, research and innovation and our vision is “To Build Healthier Lives”.

Please apply early as vacancies may close before the given closing date when sufficient applications are received.

For specific enquiries regarding this vacancy, please see the Contact Details section below in the first instance. For general enquiries, please use Switchboard: 0121 627 2000 and for Non-Medical (inc. Nursing) Ext. 16800, Doctors & Dentists Ext. 18384 or 18395, Bank posts 0121 371 8280.

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The WMAHSN is looking to recruit a head of Corporate Services to cover a 13 month maternity leave.

At West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) our mission is to seek out, test and accelerate the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies with the potential to transform health and social care in the West Midlands and beyond.

As a highly motivated, driven, senior team leader and collaborative team player you’ll be actively seeking an opportunity to share your skills and grow your influence to make an even greater difference to the lives of patients, the public and clinicians beyond that of a single organisation to extend across a sizeable and diverse region.

As a key member of the Operational Leadership Team, this role will have significant autonomy to establish, lead, direct and develop all aspects of the corporate services portfolio from strategy through to operational delivery, as well as having considerable influence on organisational strategy, annual plans, operational practices, and future organisation sustainability.

Upon appointment you will lead and represent all corporate services functions across the organisation, you will also be a key member of the Operational Leadership Team who will significantly influence organisational strategy, lead on operational planning and are responsible for every aspect of the day-to-day leadership and operation of the organisation. It’s a pivotal role thatprovides the functions,’ strategic direction and lead a team of corporateservices’ specialists in the delivery of internal services for the WMAHSN

Whilst the successful candidate will already have an excellent track record of operational management and delivery, this role provides a fantastic opportunity for many candidates to extend the variety of programmes within their portfolio, the scope of responsibilities, and the scale of impact to regional and national levels.

It will also enable the further development of leadership, operational and general management skills within the Operational Leadership Team, and the opportunityto develop, challenge and continuously improve internal functions, and thoseprovided by the Host as required, to meet the organisation's needs

The WMAHSN is one of fifteen regional networks that work in partnership with NHS trusts, industry, social care, third sector and universities. We are primarily funded by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Office of Life Sciences, and focus on the spread of innovations at scale and pace, ensuring that new healthcare and life sciences tools are available wherever they can make a difference by saving time, money and lives, and bringing the West Midlands the future of health and social care, today.

In practice this includes:

  • Increasing capacity and capability in the region to adopt innovation
  • Providing an innovation and adoption process that matches viable solutions to defined challenges
  • Establishing focused collaborative partnerships that implement identified solutions to achieve measurable impact
  • Driving adoption through improved understanding between industry, academia, health and the patient and citizens
  • Creating the necessary environment and conditions for sustainable economic growth for the health economy

The role is formally based in Birmingham at the Institute of Translational Medicine,Heritage Building at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, with considerable scope to work remotely.

There will be professionally interesting and challenging opportunities to engage with a wide variety of stakeholder organisations across the West Midlands region and also occasions for national and international collaboration.

For further information please contact Amy Owen, Head of Corporate Services,

We will consider a secondment agreement for this post, applicants must have agreement from their current line manger before applying.

All posts involving access to persons in receipt of health services will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us; this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances of your offences.

Staff recruited from outside of the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

Successful candidates will be automatically enrolled onto the Trust staff bank UHB+.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced or skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as it is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and aims to achieve positive change for LGBTQ+ people by creating an inclusive, inspiring and equal environment for both staff and service users.

Disabled applicants, in line with our commitment to the Disability Confident Scheme, will be guaranteed an interview where they meet the essential criteria and declare their disabled status. The Trust will accept applications in other formats where applicants have disabilities that require a reasonable adjustment for them to be able to apply for vacancies; consideration in respect of additional time for postage/delivery time etc. will be given.

Internal applicants who are interested in accessing professional support for interview preparation should read the attached Aspire document.

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