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Associate Director of Operations

Job Reference: 432-HR5138

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
General Surgery, Gastro, Urology, Vascular and Theatres
Ipswich and colcehster, Ipswich
£70,206 - £85,333 per annum

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS organisations in the region, employing over 10,000 staff and serving a population of almost 800,000 residents. By merging Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, we can provide the latest treatments locally, and be in a stronger position to save, grow and strengthen the many hospital and community services our residents rely on.

We are an ambitious trust with a simple vision, to provide the communities we serve with excellent healthcare and build a better future for the people of east Suffolk and North Essex. To help us do this, we will work closely with our local partners to deliver more of the joined-up services and care our residents need.

We want the best staff. You want to make a difference.

For our staff and our patients we have the same philosophy: time matters. This new way of working will remove unnecessary stress and frustration caused by the systems we use and the way we work. We will concentrate on removing or improving the things we do that don't work for our patients. For our staff, this means more time to care for patients and greater opportunities to develop skills and experience.

To be the best, we need to attract and keep the best staff. Our size puts us in a strong position to grow, providing more of the latest services. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training. Support from technology and logistics will help us see patients at the right time.

So if your ambition matches ours, its time to work together.

Please note that once this advert closes, your application form will be moved to the Trusts' recruitment system, TRAC and therefore all email correspondence will be sent via the TRAC system.

This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the future success of one of the largest trusts in East Anglia.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust merged with The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in the summer of 2018. The new organisation (East Suffolk and North East Essex Foundation Trust) has 10,000 staff and provide a wide range of hospital and community services to a population of 760,000. It will be central to the STP plans for Suffolk and North East Essex and at the forefront of integrated care system development, along with its partners in the NHS and social care.

As part of an innovative clinical and operational structure across the new organisation we have a vacancy for Associate Director of Operations in Surgery & Anesthetics.

Are you:

  • An experienced strong operational leader with the ability to influence and engage others.
  • Educated to Masters level or demonstrable experience
  • Someone who has a proven track record of delivering performance standards whilst under pressure.
  • Able to demonstrate skills in sustainable change management and transformation.
  • Skilled at working with multiple stakeholders to drive system wide change.
  • The ability to work with clinical colleagues to develop patient pathways which deliver best practice whilst maintaining financial performance.
  • Skilled at leading, developing and embedding the business planning process within a Service or Division.

In return we offer: The chance to become a key part of a new large, Innovative and forward thinking organisation

  • Working with an engaged team of dedicated healthcare professionals in a fast pace, challenging environment
  • The opportunity to further develop your strategic, operational and management skills in a supportive and innovative atmosphere
  • The opportunity to play a major role in the continuing development of service delivery for the benefit of our patients where care and compassion are central to everything we do.
  • The successful candidate will be required to work across multiple sites and participate on the senior managers on call rota.

If you have an interest in developing your operational leadership skills as well as welcoming service development and innovation then we are very interested in hearing from you.

Interviews for the role are likely to take place on the 20th or 21st December 2018.

To discuss the role further or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Karen Lough, Director of Operations on 07841 802100 or Chris Backhouse, Divisional Director on 07908 518425
For further details / informal visits contact:

Karen Lough, Director of Operations on 07841 802100 or Chris Backhouse, Divisional Director on 07908 518425

This vacancy is open to all applicants, although priority will be given to exisiting NHS At Risk employees working in Essex and Suffolk who meet the essential criteria (excluding all medical recruitment).

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria. When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Tier 2 Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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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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