Director of Culture and Improvement

Sutton in Ashfield
An attractive package
04 Sep 2019
20 Sep 2019
Acute Trust
Job Type

Hello and thank you for your interest in this wonderful role and opportunity to work at Sherwood.

Director of Culture and Improvement - Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Following the retirement of our Director of HR and OD, we have begun a national search to appoint a new Director of Culture and Improvement at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sherwood is already undoubtedly a great place to work and receive care. In 2018 we were rated Good overall and Outstanding for Care by the CQC. Our 2018 national staff survey rated us as the best acute Trust to work in the Midlands and one of the best in the country and in August 2019 it was confirmed we have made the shortlist for the HSJ Trust of the Year. This progress is underpinned by two commitments:

  • We expect all patients to receive the same standard of care we would want our friends and family to have and
  • We expect all colleagues to be treated with the same values we believe are important; support, kindness and respect.

At Sherwood we know well motivated, supported and engaged colleagues deliver safe, high quality patient care and we have a genuine commitment to improve and be the best possible employer and provider of healthcare. This new Trust Board role will be essential to help us deliver this.

When the previous Director of HR and OD at Sherwood retired, we decided to divide the portfolio into two closely aligned Director roles. Clare Teeney is now our Director of People and has executive responsibility for HR at Sherwood. Clare is also the Director of HR and OD at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHNFT).

The Director of Culture and Improvement brings Culture (Organisational Development) and Improvement together for the first time at SFHFT. The job does not have any responsibility for services at NHNFT but the Director will work very closely with Clare. The bringing together of the OD and Improvement portfolios signals a significant change and an appetite for a new and different approach.

The following services will be managed within the Director of Culture and Improvement portfolio; Training and Education, OD and Engagement, Staff Engagement, Knowledge Management, Staff Survey, Integrated Care System Talent Academy, Professional Training and Education, Learning and Professional Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Quality Improvement, Clinical Audit, Financial Improvement Programme and wider improvement.

I am looking for a Director of Culture and Improvement of the highest calibre. Your personal characteristics will be so important for this role. We want someone who is energetic and engaging, who is highly visible and models the values of kindness and compassion. You will undoubtedly be curious by nature and you will want to join a team that is already good and work with us to help us become great. The successful candidate will be able to evidence they consistently deliver results and more importantly they deliver them in the right way.

If you want to join a team that has already achieved a huge amount but also has its best times ahead of it, please contact me directly for a conversation:

Given the importance of this role, it is unlikely candidates will be taken through to the interview stage unless they contact me for a conversation in advance of shortlisting.

We are working to the following timeline:

  • Job goes live: Tuesday 3 September – we are not using a recruitment firm because I believe the job and the Trust will “sell itself”. The process will be absolutely open, fair and transparent and I want to attract a large field of strong candidates.
  • Job closes: Friday 20 September
  • All candidates contacted to confirm if they have made the shortlist: COP Tuesday 24 September
  • Interviews: Friday 11 October

I recognise I am biased but this is a brilliant job in a brilliant Trust and I hope this interests you.

Thank you for reading this.