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Assistant Director Technology and Strategy

Job Reference: 270-TC342-CORP

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Assistant Director
Nene House, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough
£63,751 - £73,664 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Digital Technology Services (DTS) Directorate of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), an innovative and ambitious Directorate that provides digital solutions that enable NHFT to be a provider of outstanding and compassionate care. The directorate prides itself on delivering a high quality, pioneering Digital service that empowers our passionate staff to deliver the best care possible for our patients. This is achieved through supporting, enabling and innovating utilising the right technologies, culture, processes and partnerships to fully realise the potential digital has to help enable excellent care.

Job Title and Grade: Assistant Director – Technology and Strategy - Band 8C

Location/Trust: Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Nene House, Isebrook Hospital

Department Covered: Digital Technology Services

Pay Rates: Band 8C - £63,751 - £73,664

Shift pattern: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (37.5 hours per week)

Duration: Permanent

The Role: Senior leader responsible for IT Operations and IT Service Delivery

Job Summary:

We are seeking to recruit a strategic IT leader with significant experience in managing and developing outstanding technical services within a large complex NHS organisation to support us with continuing to deliver excellent and innovative IT solutions and support to our Outstanding Trust. The successful candidate will also play a key part in helping the Trust and partner organisations on our journey as we create an Integrated Care System (ICS) for the population of Northamptonshire.

The post holder will report into the Trust’s CIO and Director of Digital Technology Services and act as the deputy for the CIO as required. The successful candidate will work with Heads of IT Departments to put in place and deliver the Technology Strategy for the Trust and help to maintain the high standards that an outstanding Trust expects.

It will be expected that this individual will have significant experience of working in a highly complex and large organisation as a senior leader and have excellent knowledge of Technology services and the standards that exist to support delivery of an excellent service.

General responsibilities include the following. List not exhaustive.

  • The Assistant Director of Technology and Strategy is responsible for the specification and management of IT infrastructure and systems across the Trust, which underpins the Trust strategy for full digital maturity and meeting the NHSX goal of ‘What Good Looks Like’. The infrastructure and systems must support comprehensive, accurate and timely information recording to improve the effectiveness and quality of the services delivered. This includes both community and mental health infrastructure and information systems.
  • The role will ensure that DTS function is based on sound infrastructure and system management arrangements including; configuration change management, Cyber security standards requirements in order to ensure that infrastructure and systems are designed to support efficient clinical and patient workflow and corporate teams. This will be done through the continued development of the IT Strategy as well as the Digital Strategy and a technology roadmap that supports the Trust and also the emerging ICS.
  • The post holder will work as part of the DTS senior management team and will be required to work closely with each of the members of the management structure to ensure that
    • A joined-up and fit-for-purpose DTS service is delivered to all NHFT users. This will require above all an ongoing dialogue with managers and staff across the service and a focus on removing barriers to the delivery of a high class service.
    • Business as usual services are delivered in an efficient manner to the benefit of staff across the organisation
    • Projects are supported through the provision of suitable staff and resources as required without undue impact upon the delivery of business as usual services
    • The passage of newly delivered functionality into business as usual is supported through dialogue with project managers designing and delivering the new functionality
    • Innovative and radical solutions are devised to support the delivery of services outside of the Trust’s normal geographical boundaries
  • The role will ensure senior support to the implementation of new infrastructure and systems and manage existing infrastructure and systems to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the Trust. This includes the management of teams to ensure that they are responsive and proactively working to meet the clinical, operational and digital needs of the Trust as well as management of third party infrastructure and system suppliers on behalf of the Trust.
  • This role will also lead on cyber security and provide the CIO with the reassurances required through accreditations and testing that the Trust’s computer systems and information is adequately protected and the right recovery plans are in place.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Gareth Jones at

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to several prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire etc.

It is our vision to be a leading provider of outstanding, compassionate care. Our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection recognised this with an ‘Outstanding’ rating overall, as well as an ‘Outstanding’ rating for the Caring domain. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to delivering outstanding compassionate care and also commit to the Trust mission statement: Making a difference for you, with you. Our vision, mission and values are all part of the roadmap for all we do.

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