Chief Operating Officer (and Deputy Chief Executive)

Leicester, Leicestershire
Highly competitive package
16 May 2017
12 Jun 2017
Acute Trust
Job Type

Following the recent appointment of the current post holder as Chief Executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we are seeking to appoint a new Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive to lead delivery of our operational priorities.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust provides care to the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and internationally renowned specialist care further afield. With a turnover approaching £1 billion, 14,000 staff and based over three main sites, we are one of the biggest and busiest Trusts in the country. 

Our strategic objectives are based around our “Quality Commitment” to provide safe, high quality, patient-centred and efficient care.  This is embedded in our culture and was reflected in our most recent CQC report. We are also committed to supporting our staff through change using the ‘The UHL Way’. 

With the opening of our new build Emergency Department in April 2017 we are now better placed to meet the challenges of increased demand.  We are now focussing on balancing demand and capacity and driving through process improvement so that our emergency and elective pathways are more resilient.  As part of this approach, a new Director of Operational Improvement has just been appointed who will support the Chief Operating Officer in leading this work.  

Our STP is driving the implementation of our local transformation programme ‘Better Care Together’ and as Chief Operating officer you will play a crucial role in building on existing relationships, working with stakeholders and partners to develop and deliver plans which will improve patient care for people across our area. 

You will ideally already be operating as a Chief Operating Officer/Director of Operations within an  acute setting with a strong background in service change and improvement.  A values driven leader, you will be committed to the delivery of high quality patient care and staff engagement.  Experience of using proven improvement methodology to drive performance is also important.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced operational leader or aspirant chief executive looking to join an ambitious organisation. 

We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and in the services we provide. We therefore aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and strongly encourage applications from candidates who are currently under-represented at senior levels in our workforce. 


For further information, please contact Wayne Colthirst or Sally Scales at the NHS Leadership Academy on 0113 322 5672. To apply, please email your CV and supporting statement to The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 12 June 2017.