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Director for Acute Services

NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital
£91,926 to £118,361 per annum
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Acute Services is delivered from two general hospitals, University Hospital Crosshouse (UHC) in Kilmarnock and University Hospital Ayr (UHA), with both providing elective and emergency services, with paediatric and maternity services being based at the UHC. These acute hospital sites provide services to a population of approximately 370,000.

Reporting to the Chief Executive the Director for Acute Services is responsible for a workforce of circa 4,700 staff and an annual budget of approximately £430 million.

We are looking for a highly motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic individual to lead, and drive forward the future of Acute Services within NHS Ayrshire & Arran. You will be accountable for the delivery of safe, effective, patient centred services and deliver Scottish Government priorities and targets in relation to elective and emergency care. You will be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective delivery of acute services in accordance with the Annual Delivery Plan (ADP). As a member of the Corporate Management Team the Director for Acute Services will play a key role in contributing to the strategic direction of the provision of health and care services across Ayrshire. You will lead and embed an inclusive operational culture, at all levels of the Acute Service structure, and enable clinical led reform by engaging and enabling service reform through the triumvirate leadership teams. The post holder will work collaboratively with the three Health & Social Care Partnerships to deliver our organisational aim of high quality, safe, person-centred care to every person every time ensuring our health and care models are as effective as they can be now and in the future.

The Director for Acute Services will exercise the highest levels of financial leadership and lead the financial recovery programme for Acute services ensuring best value and efficiency in our deployment of resources.

There are exciting opportunities for the post holder to lead and drive significant transformation change across Acute Services and we are looking for an individual who has the vision and strategic insight to identify, lead and deliver opportunities for service improvement.

For this post, we need someone of considerable operational and strategic experience who has strong credentials as a leader and significant experience of operating a senior manager / director level within a large and complex organisation. You will have proven skills of people, performance and financial management and leadership skills in creating a culture and environment where teams are enabled and empowered to work together.

Ayrshire is a great location to live and work, offering an excellent quality of life, with 80 miles of unspoilt coastline, beautiful rural countryside, over 40 golf courses and excellent sports and recreational facilities, while being within a 30-minute drive to Glasgow city centre.

We would welcome confidential informal discussions - to arrange a suitable date/call, please contact the Chief Executive’s office on 01292-513602, or by e-mail at

Closing date: 6 May 2024.

The selection process will take place on 29th and 30th May 2024.

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