Medical Director (option of Deputy Chief Executive)

Excellent salary
15 Sep 2017
10 Oct 2017
Acute Trust
Job Type

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides local general hospital and community services to around 260,000 people in Walsall and the surrounding areas. We are a truly integrated healthcare provider covering Walsall and beyond, with multidisciplinary acute and community services that allow us to provide the right care in the right place; such as rapid response in the community and homebased care so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes to be cared for. We provide the full range of district general hospital services in Walsall Manor Hospital and we provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services and from some 60 sites including health centres and GP surgeries.

Our recent journey has been one of turnaround and reconfiguration, following the CQC’s inspection of us in September 2015. With a great deal of effort and energy we have now tackled the short-term challenges highlighted by their report and, having turned the corner, we have begun to focus on changes that enhance our longer-term plans. The CQC have recently re-inspected us, their initial feedback was encouraging and we await further news with interest.

This important role will join us at a time where our focus is shifting from the short-term to the longer term, from immediate challenges to more strategic issues about our role in the wider health and care economy as well to making sustainable change in the way we work together as trust. We know we cannot deliver on our strategy along and, we are active partners in a number of collaborative ventures in the area such as the Black Country Alliance and Walsall Together. 

As Medical Director, you will support the Trust in delivering its vision to provide first class integrated care, through professional leadership of the Trust’s medical staff and by ensuring that the Trust provides safe, high quality, clinically effective and sustainable care. Building on our Listening into Action journey and working with other Executive Directors, you will ensure that the development of our medical workforce supports the delivery of a clinically-led, engaged and empowered organisation. You will also support and develop the Trust’s medical leaders (Divisional Directors and Clinical Directors) to lead their teams effectively.

In conjunction with the Director of Nursing, you will ensure that the Trust provides the highest standards of clinical care, meets the expectations of inspectors, regulators and other stakeholders and can demonstrate high standards of clinical effectiveness. As an Executive Director of the Trust the post holder will be playing a full corporate role in setting and delivering the Trust’s future strategy. This role also offers the opportunity for the post-holder to fulfil the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

To succeed in this role, you will need significant senior medical leadership experience in an acute or community NHS Trust, operating at, or immediately below Board level. To be considered for the Deputy Chief Executive role as part of this appointment, board level experience is essential. You will need to demonstrate your commitment and passion for integration, which must be supported by experience of acute hospital operations, clinical standards, staffing and practice.

You will join an organisation with a clear sense of the added value we provide into our communities, and a senior team that is focused on sustainability and innovation, not on the short-term demands of turnaround. We have got off to a strong start on our journey but we know we still have a long way to go to deliver our vision to become your partners for first class integrated care.

If the opportunity to join an integrated organisation and an energised senior team interests you, please click on 'Apply' and contact Robin Staveley of GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6097 for a confidential discussion.

Closing date: Tuesday 10th October, preliminary interviews late October, final interviews Thursday 9th November.