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Chief Information Officer

Dorset Healthcare University NHS FT
Poole, Dorset (with the opportunity for homeworking)
Band 9
Closing date
7 Feb 2022
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About us:

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’, and we were shortlisted by the HSJ for Mental Health Provider of the Year in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. Working with us, you’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

About the role:

Fancy becoming a digital ‘change agent’? We are at an exciting phase in our transformational digital journey with the development of a new ‘digital first’ approach and we want you to be part of the leadership team that shapes and implements our Trust’s IT strategy and vision, in our Chief Information Officer role.

Our overall digital vision is to develop a unified, digitally mature infrastructure across our integrated health and care system, providing our staff and patients with seamlessly interconnected digital tools that empower our workforce to deliver exceptional care, quality, and safety for all patients across our inpatient and community mental health settings in Dorset.

Leading an IT team of c130 people you will manage a multi-million-pound annual budget and a significant programme of digital development projects, working closely alongside the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Chief Nursing Information Officer who will act as a link between the Clinical and IT teams in delivering technology into clinical areas.

Being highly organised and collaborative in driving forward the Trust’s Digital Transformation, your four areas of priority will be:

  • Making Dorset HealthCare a ‘digital as usual’ organisation
  • Using technology to maximise efficiency
  • Empowering people to take more control of their own health by use of digital technology
  • Encouraging and fostering digital skills across our workforce

You will pioneer new ways of working and promote the “art of the possible”, with your leadership skills enabling you to make the important strategic decisions that will drive measurable improvements in outcomes for patients and their experience of healthcare via the use of health information systems.

Alongside spearheading our corporate approach to the delivery of IT, you’ll also have the additional responsibility of deputising for the Director of Finance and Strategic Development as and when requested in matters relating to digital and IT, develop income generation possibilities to attract further business and funding, and manage the IT Directorate budget.

This is a full-time role with some flexibility over hours and location. The successful candidate will be expected to spend some time at Trust Headquarters in Poole to support the team, with opportunities to work from home or other locations as required.

If you would like a pre-application conversation with the Director of Finance and Strategic Development, or to find out more about our generous relocation package, please contact Sandra North (Executive Assistant to the Director of Finance and Strategic Development) on 01202 277254 or via email to

Closing date 7th February 2022
Interviews will be held on 16th and 17th February 2022

What working for us will provide:

  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • £10,000 relocation package for eligible roles
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave.
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