Thank you for your interest in the role of Executive Director of Operations for North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. We are extremely proud to be one of only two specialist Mental Health Trusts in England which has an overall CQC Outstanding rating. We are an ambitious Trust and one of the most significant and visible of these ambitions has been realised with the opening of our innovative Crisis Care Centre which was opened by Claire Murdoch, NHS England's National Mental Health Director. This impressive £1.1 million Mental Health Crisis Centre provides a single point of contact for all Mental Health crisis for individuals under one roof in an environment designed for their specific needs. We remain ambitious with medium term investment plans totaling £15m for both service and system collaborative transformation to improve the health and wellbeing of our local people through high quality care delivered in a sustainable way.

We are a Trust that prides itself on having achieved a financial surplus for the past 22 years making us one of the top financial performers in the region. We also recognise the importance of being part of system improvement and are leading on a number of aspects of our programme to become an Integrated Care System (ICS).

Working closely with the Trust’s Executive Team, Clinical Directors and Heads of Directorate, you will ensure the development and provision of comprehensive, high quality and patient-centred care and will also contribute to the development of the Trust’s corporate strategic direction and new models of care. The Executive Director of Operations will be responsible for the delivery of key performance areas across the Trust and will also have responsibility for Emergency Planning.

The role requires distinctive leadership skills and a unique strategic perspective that may differ significantly from traditional ways of leading health and care organisations. To be successful in the role you will need to be adaptive, comfortable within a dynamic environment and seek to influence. You will be inclusive, co-productive and consensus seeking. You will be joining an Executive Team that above all values trust and integrity, it will be critical that the new post holder embraces these values and from day one can evidence them in their actions.

These traits will be underpinned by knowledge of Health and Social Care and the broader public sector, and specifically of complex public service systems. Whether you are a sitting Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director of Operations or working at deputy level, you will be accustomed to operating at Board level or sub-Board level in a complex provider setting.

If you believe that you have the strategic, compassionate and inclusive leadership skills to become a highly effective member of our Executive team, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Peter Axon
Chief Executive
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust