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Chief Executive

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Exeter, Devon
£176,000 a year
Closing date
28 Jan 2024

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We are seeking our permanent Chief Executive to lead us on the next phase of our journey to bring our values to life for the benefit of the patients and communities we serve. We are looking for an innovative, compassionate and values based leader, who will continue our cultural and transformational journey. You will lead the Trust in addressing challenges and build a service fit for the future, to deliver our 2023-28 Trust Strategy which represents a renewal of our commitment to continuously improve the care we give to patients across the South West.

Please read the attached candidate information pack for full information. Assessment days are scheduled for Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February 2024 in Exeter.


Main duties of the job

The Chief Executive Officer will be the Accountable Officer for the Trust and will lead the organisation in delivery of our vision that 'together, we will deliver the best care when you need us most'.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role include:

  • Formulating a strategy for the organisation with high quality and responsive care provision as the top priority.
  • Ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable.
  • Shaping a positive culture for the board and the organisation through multidisciplinary team working, distributed decision-making.
  • Developing an organisational culture


About us

We cover the largest ambulance region in England, operating over 10,000 square miles with a population that increases from 5.7million up to 23 million people throughout the year. The outstanding beauty, culture and diversity of our region - from coast to city centres, from universities to ancient monuments - draws people from across the UK and the world. Our communities are as diverse as our environment, with differing and changing needs.

We are part of seven Integrated Care Systems and our ambition is to become a valued partner to collectively improve overall health outcomes for people in our region.

We have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individuals and to enable a positive, welcoming environment where our people and their careers can thrive in.

To view the Trust's Mission, Vision, Values and Goals clickhere

Person Specification Knowledge and Qualifications Essential

  • Significant educational attainment, or demonstrable equivalent experience in a relevant field. This could be through self study, university study to a Masters level equivalent, or Bachelors level with additional experience. Equivalent experience should demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding, autonomy and application as well as application and action.
  • Evidenced continuing professional development
  • A deep understanding of the NHS triple aim, the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS People Plan, Nolan principles and the Standards for members of NHS Boards and Governing Bodies in England
  • Extensive knowledge of the health and care system including government landscape and an understanding of the social determinants of public health
  • Innovative thinking on practices which reduce health inequality, improve patient access, safety and quality
  • Sound understanding of strategic financial planning, oversight and control of public funds

Experience Essential

  • Formulation of strategy including wide engagement across key stakeholders, understanding of wider context of health and social care
  • Holding the organisation to account for delivery of the strategy - drawing on intelligence, remedying problems as they arise
  • Broad experience of working across professional boundaries, collaboratively with the board and other stakeholders to commission services and consult on transformation initiatives
  • Significant experience of working with different sectors, groups, networks and building teams to deliver major transformation of public services
  • Experience providing governance of a board, to identify and address issues, including underperformance and balance the competing objectives of quality, operational performance, and finance
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering positive change for under-represented groups
  • Experience of grasping hard and soft intelligence on activity finance and workforce to drive strategy and plans
  • Sound understanding of organisational sustainability and value for money

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details Employer name South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Trust HQ
Abbey Court, Eagle Way

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