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Deputy Service Director (Community Learning Disabilities) - Band 8b

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Working with the Service Director you will be one of five Deputies responsible for the day to day operational oversight and leadership within Adult Community Directorate. Your specific role will be leading our Community Learning Disabilities Teams which include:
  • Community Teams
  • Intensive Support Services
  • Intensive Health Outreach team
  • Health Facilitation

You will also take wider lead across the Trust ensuring that all services are able to offer equitable access and provision of care and support to our LD population.

Within Gloucestershire we aim to deliver service transformation for People with Learning Disabilities utilising co-designing principles, establishing, leading, implementing, monitoring and evaluating change. This role will include forging strategic and operational partnerships within the Trust and across a range of different partners and key stakeholders.

To deliver this you will be a proven leader with a strong clinical background in learning disability and will bring to this role the knowledge and commitment to support our continued service development, quality improvement and innovation.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Service Director will play a key role in leading a designated portfolio of services within the Adult Community Services Directorate alongside deputising for the Service Director as required.

Success will be measured by the following criteria:
  • Improved outcomes for people with learning disabilities and their families/carers
  • Improved experience of GHC services for people with learning disabilities and their families
  • Improved/efficient use of resources for the designated services
  • Improved staff satisfaction for the designated services
  • Effectively managed budgets for the designated services
  • Continuous service improvements within learning disability services

About us

This is an important time to be part of our Trust. Having delivered safe and effective care throughout the Covid pandemic we continue to work on our recovery, but are now refocusing our efforts on realising the intention of our merger i.e. Our journey to transform and integrate our care and support around the whole person and play a significant role within the Integrated Care System (ICS) engaging with local community groups to help reduce health inequalities.

As part of our development we are seeking to strengthen the operational leadership team in our Adult Community Directorate which brings together community services for Physical Heath, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Closing date: 6th June 2023

Person Specification



  • Educated to Graduate level or hold an equivalent level of experience or a professional or management qualification
  • Post graduate degree in a recognised Health Professional field or equivalent



  • Managerial experience within a large multidisciplinary organisation
  • Clinical Experience


  • Significant experience in implementing effective governance arrangements to manage performance, quality, workforce and finance



  • Extensive knowledge, understanding and experience of the delivery of healthcare services in either mental health and learning disability services and/or physical health services.

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