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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/10/2021.

Assistant Directorate Manager

Job Reference: 317-2021-35-047

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Laboratories Corporate Management
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Are you looking for a new challenge working with an innovative and dynamic team? A 12 month secondment opportunity has arisen within Integrated Laboratory Medicine Directorate. We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic individual to join the Senior Leadership Team, as an Assistant Directorate Manager.

The Directorate provides a comprehensive routine and specialist laboratory/clinical service across three primary sites, RVI, Freeman and the Centre for Life. Blood Sciences service provisions, which encompasses Biochemistry, Haematology and Blood Transfusion, are provided across both sites, whilst Microbiology services are located solely within Freeman Hospital. Cellular Pathology, Histology, Cytology and Molecular Novopath are based within the RVI; the department also supports the Mortuary on both RVI and Freeman sites. Clinical and Laboratory Genetics are undertaken within the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, with Satellite units at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and Cumbria. The Genetics service provides specialist expertise in all areas, including tertiary referrals services and population screening for a range of organisations, including GP practices. The Directorate employs circa of 640 WTE staff (medical, nursing, scientific, technical, genetic counselling and clerical) and operates with an annual budget of in excess £45m

You will be responsible for assisting the Directorate Manager and the Clinical Director with the management of all aspects of the Directorate. In addition, you will have the opportunity to a lead on specific areas of responsibility. You will be a member of the Directorate Management Team contributing to day-to-day operational management of the Directorate. You will also act as the Directorate Managers Deputy on all Directorate Management issues as necessary.

The essential requirements - Degree Level Education, supplemented by Postgraduate Diploma Level Specialist Training, management qualifications or an equivalent level of experience, experience of operational management, ability to demonstrate leadership and organizational ability at a senior level, good communication and interpersonal skills, effective organizational and time management skills, motivation and enthusiasm, effective report writing skills, change management and practice management skills.

This is an ideal opportunity for a member of staff within the Trust who would like to gain different or additional operational management skills.

Full details of the role and expectations can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.

All applicants must be able to attend for interview on the 18 November 2021


Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


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