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WMAHSN Chief Operating Officer

Job Reference: 304-A-18-63173

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
£84,507 - £102,506

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national, and international population.

Our multiple sites, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic allow people to be treated as close to home as possible.

We see and treat more than 2.2 million people every year across our sites and our hospitals deliver more babies than anywhere else in Europe.

We are a regional centre for cancer, bone marrow transplants, trauma, renal dialysis, burns and plastics, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis; thoracic surgery and have the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe.

We provide a series of highly specialist cardiac, liver and neurosurgery services to patients from across the UK.

We are world-renowned for our trauma care and have developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. We are a designated a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).

We have over 20,000 members of staff and we are committed to investing in their development and their health and wellbeing.

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.

All correspondence will be sent by email; please check your account regularly including your Junk/SPAM folders

This role is based with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The purpose of the WMAHSN is to improve health and promote economic growth through the adoption of innovation that meets defined needs of the West Midlands health economy. The objectives of the WMAHSN supported by this role include:

  • To increase capacity and capability in the region to adopt innovation
  • To provide an innovation and adoption process that matches viable solutions to defined challenges
  • To establish focused collaborative partnerships that implement identified solutions to achieve measurable impact
  • To drive adoption through improved understanding between industry, academia, health and the patient and citizens
  • To create the necessary environment and conditions for sustainable economic growth for the health economy.

The WMAHSN Chief Operating Officer will take the lead in developing and maintaining high standards of corporate governance and will ensure there is a robust corporate infrastructure in place to support the WMAHSN in meeting its business needs and strategic objectives. The Chief Operating Officer contributes to the leadership, strategic direction, performance management and governance of the WMAHSN and shares with the WMAHSN director’s corporate responsibility with the Board and Executive Team in ensuring the WMAHSN achieves its strategic objectives.

The successful applicant will lead on all aspects of corporate governance, business and executive support, human resources, organisational development, finance and commercial support, business development, facilities management, IT support, procurement, communications and marketing, ensuring that the WMAHSN is a sustainable organisation. Key elements of the AHSN portfolio are delivered by contract with external partner organisations and so the successful applicant will have significant responsibility for overseeing procurement, contracting and account management in these areas.

Due to funding, this post is fxed term for 12 months.

If you would like to discuss this post in further detail please contact Tony Davis at

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.

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

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