Acute Service Director

Glasgow City
Executive and Senior Manager Grade F £92,640 - £124,518 per
20 Jul 2021
06 Aug 2021
Acute Trust
Job Type

Relocation Package where appropriate

Applications are invited from high caliber individuals with a significant track record of working at a similar level or at Senior Management/Deputy Director level or equivalent within a multi-disciplinary, health care system to join a progressive team of Directors responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Acute Services.  This is an outstanding opportunity to join our Acute Services leadership team and lead at time of unprecedented challenge as we recover and renew in response to the Covid -19 pandemic.  

This post is offered as a full time permanent pensionable appointment.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) structure comprises an Acute Services Division and a shared interest, with local authority partners, in six Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs). The Acute Services and HSCPs have responsibility for delivery of the Board’s business objectives, and our performance against key local and national targets. NHSGGC supports a population of approximately 1.2m. We also provide a wide range of regional West of Scotland services and National services.

We are an organisation renowned for modern high-quality patient care and progressive medicine. It is therefore vital that we continue to attract and nurture the most talented and public service focused people, both locally, nationally and from around the world. 

With a workforce of 21,000 staff and an annual revenue budget of approximately £1.4 billion our Acute Services are delivered from three geographic Sectors at North Glasgow, South Glasgow and Clyde (Renfrewshire, Inverclyde & Dunbartonshire) and three Directorates with cross site responsibilities covering Women and Children’s Services, Regional Services and Diagnostics Imaging.

About the Role

As the Acute Services Director – North Sector you will be responsible for the strategic and operational accountability for this key role. Working closely with an already established and forward thinking senior clinical and operational management team the post holder will be expected to make a significant contribution for ensuring local and national performance targets are achieved, along with ensuring all aspects of people, performance and financial objectives are delivered as per the Acute Service’s objectives and the North Sector’s operational plan.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer you will lead a sector totalling 3,300 staff and be responsible for a budget of around £178 million.  A whole range of secondary care and specialist services are provided to a local population across the north of Glasgow city including some tertiary services provided to a wider catchment.

Services are delivered from the sector’s main hospital locations at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Stobhill Ambulatory Care Hospital and Lightburn Hospital.  Glasgow Royal Infirmary was recently named as the top hospital in Scotland by Newsweek in their global hospital rankings testament to excellence in nursing and consultant care and state of the art technology.

The Director has a crucial role leading the North Sector through an extensive programme of service change and working with strategic partners to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources.  In particular, ensuring delivery of the changes in acute care resulting from the Board’s Moving Forward Together Transformational Plan. At the same time ensuring services continue to respond to the increased demands of a changing population and deliver against key national performance targets including Access and Waiting Times.

The ability to quickly develop an understanding of the strategic direction of a complex acute setting alongside performance improvement and clinical transformation priorities is essential. You will join a fast paced and hugely supportive Acute Directors team who fully contribute to the corporate management and governance of NHSGGC, as well as supporting cross organisational aims and development.

You will bring to the role a significant track record of managing and leading multidisciplinary teams across complex health care services, balancing between strategic direction and delivery of high quality, safe and effective person-centred care. Partnership working is critical to the role to ensure increasing integration with our local authority partners as is working across the system locally and regionally to maximise outcomes for patients through collaborative approaches and patient centred pathway re-design.  

We are seeking an individual with the relevant experience as a senior leader with a track record of delivering impactful strategy and organisational change at scale. Our ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, able to work at pace across a range of complex Acute services and who will demonstrate the qualities required of a compassionate and skilled leader, and with the motivation and passion for building professional excellence and achieving high quality outcomes. 

If you are inspired by the challenges this opportunity presents and believe you have the relevant skills, experience and qualities we are seeking then we look forward to receiving your application which will be given careful consideration.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde encourages applications from all sections of the community.  We promote a culture of inclusion across the organisation and are proud of the diverse workforce we have.

If you would like to  find out more about this role before applying, please contact Jonathan Best, Chief Operating Officer Acute Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 0141 211 0214 or email: for a confidential discussion

For a Candidate Information Pack and further application information, please visit  and follow the link to Region >Greater Glasgow & Clyde, look under Job Type >Executive level – Job Reference No: 61557.

Alternatively to request a Candidate Information Pack you can contact Susan Chisholm, Recruitment Lead, on email: or Tel: 07866 795409.

Closing date for returning applications: Friday, 6th August 2021

Interviews are expected to take place late August/Early September 2021.

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