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Interim Chief Operating Officer

South East England
VSM - Competitive
Closing date
3 Jan 2023

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Acute Trust
Job Type
Operations & Performance

Job Details

We are working with an NHS organisation who are seeking to appoint an Interim Chief Operating Officer, initially for 3 months though the role is expected to extend.

This is a key role within the organisation and the focus will be on the provision of professional leadership throughout the Trust to the Operations workforce whilst working collaboratively with senior clinical leaders to co-ordinate maintain and improve operational services to ensure that the Trust meets its performance targets and clinical standards obligations.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure there that appropriate and integrated structures, systems and processes are in place to manage integrated performance reporting and management across the Trust with particular attention to annual demand and capacity cycles, annual delivery plans, forward planning, and quality, safety, performance and effectiveness standards and measures;
  • Foster a culture of high performance through teamwork and earned autonomy, role modelling behaviour for operational team members;
  • To work in concert with the CEO on the delivery of the integrated care pillar of the Trust Improvement Plan and associated dependencies to support a high performing continuous improvement culture and ensure delivery of overall divisional budgets (including CIP);
  • Lead the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response function;
  • Managing and monitoring the performance of services to achieve the agreed contractual targets, the NHS Standard Contract of Service and regulatory requirements;
  • Providing reports on the delivery of Key Performance Indicators and the Board Assurance Framework to the Board and its Committees;
  • Working in partnership with Executives to nurture and develop innovative alternative service delivery models focussed on improving health outcomes and integration with wider health and care services;
  • Work with the Chief of Staff to engage clinical teams in the transformation of services to improve quality and efficiency;
  • Lead at Board level key transformation and improvement programmes as required.

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Masters of Business or Public Administration (or equivalent qualification or experience)
  • Substantial demonstrable experience of working as a Board-level Director;
  • Significant and demonstrable experience of delivering transformative and cultural change;
  • Able to work with a high tolerance for ambiguity and the capacity to quickly adapt to complexity;
  • Capacity to understand and embrace new technology to redefine business models, patient pathways and experience;
  • The power to inspire the clinical divisions;
  • Ability to assemble the best team recognise valuable skills and ability to place key individuals in roles where they can have the highest impact.

If you are interested in the role, please email Toni Coates with a copy of your updated CV to along with your availability and rate understanding in line with the above.

If you do not receive a response within 72 hours (3 working days) of receipt, please assume that on this particular occasion, your application did not meet the client’s requirements for this specific role.




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M12 6JH
United Kingdom

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