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Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Job Reference: 303-3629-0120

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
303 32 CSU Management - 3075
Northfield, Birmingham
£61,777 to £72,597 pa

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest Orthopaedic centres in Europe. The Trust employs circa 1,100 staff and its annual financial turnover is in the region of £85 million. It has 12 operating theatres and 141 beds on eight wards, 9 of which are on a High Dependency Unit. It is one of the largest providers of elective Orthopaedic surgery in the UK and more than 40 Consultant medical staff work at the Trust, each supported by multi-disciplinary clinical teams including Surgeons, Nurses, Anaesthetists, Physiotherapists, Radiologists, Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and other clinical professionals.

The Royal Orthopaedic NHS Foundation Trust (ROH)offers three tiers of service:

  • Routine Orthopaedic operations for a local population of 4 million people in Birmingham and North Worcestershire.
  • Specialist services such as spinal surgery and children’s Out Patient Orthopedics to 5 million people who live in greater Birmingham and the West Midlands.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of malignant bone tumours and the bone tumour service commissioned by Specialised commissioning.

Only a small amount of emergency and urgent activity is undertaken, generally in the field of spinal disorders; no trauma activity is undertaken in the early stages after injury. The main elective surgery activities are joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty), joint arthroscopy and reconstruction (keyhole surgery and ligament repairs), plus hand and foot surgery.

In December 2019, the Trust was rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC in all 5 domains and we are regularly rated in the Top 10 trusts in the country for patient experience in the CQC’s annual inpatient survey.

Our vision is ‘To be the first choice for Orthopaedic care’ and we have exciting plans to grow and enhance our offer to patients via our teams of highly specialist surgeons, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise. We are working closely with our partners in the Birmingham & Solihull STP to lead and shape the future of MSK and Orthopaedic services across the city.

Following the appointment of our interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the substantive Executive Chief Operating Officer we are now looking for two inspiring and passionate Deputy Chief Operating Officers to provide leadership to Division 1 and Division 2 to deliver our ambitious operational plans and vision. Division 1 specialty services include Arthroplasty, Arthroscopy, Small Joints, Spinal, Paediatrics, Oncology and Out Patient services. Division 2 comprises all of the support services including Theatres, Admissions and Day Case unit (ADCU), Pre- Operative Assessment, Imaging, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Pain Management Services.

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, you will provide leadership as part of the Senior Management team working as part of a Triumvirate structure with the Associate Medical Director and Divisional Head of Nursing. You will be key in the delivery of the Trust’s ambitious 5-year strategy launched in October 2019. The Trust is progressing the development of its plans with our Birmingham and Solihill (BSol) partners. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring excellent staff engagement during this period and beyond to ensure the successful implementation of any agreed proposals. The Trust has recently launched an extensive staff health and well being programme led by our Chief Executive Officer with an absolute commitment to continue to make the ROH a great place to work in 2020 and beyond.

This is an exciting time for the ROH. The Trust is currently running some key initiatives, with work programmes designed to improve all aspects of the patient pathway, from Out Patients, through pre-operative assessment to discharge. A key element of this is the new Joint Care pathway, which aims to reduce the time that patients spend in hospital if they are having routine hip and knee replacement surgery to between 24-48 hours as standard. This pathway is the first of its kind in the UK and was introduced in November 2018, in partnership with international medical technology giant, Stryker.

Another significant initiative that the Trust is progressing is the theatre expansion project, which will see the introduction of a four theatre, 6-bedded recovery unit and a 23-bedded ward facility over the next year. Phase 1 of the project was successfully delivered in December 2019. This creates an opportunity to further support the STP, expand activity and continue to lead innovation in Orthopaedic care at the ROH.

The culture of the ROH has changed markedly over the last two years, as evidenced by more positive results in the staff survey. The recent staff survey results suggest that the leadership is now much more visible and engaging and there is a willingness of staff to speak up to suggest improvements where identified, or to highlight where there may be an issue of patient safety. The Trust have Health and Wellbeing programme, which has been well received by staff and continues to promote the Trust as an employer of choice in healthcare.

The Trust has significantly improved operational performance but there is more work to be done to embed these successes and of note, the Trust has a challenge to ensure it meets its financial control target and delivery of its cost improvement programme (CIP).

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Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received prior to the advertised closing date. Candidates should assume that if they have not been contacted by the Human Resources Department within 4 weeks of the advertised closing date for the vacancy, they have not been shortlisted for interview.


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