Chief Strategy and Digital Officer (CSDO)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an ambition to increase diversity at board level and would welcome applications from individuals from under-represented groups

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a local, regional, national, and international population. We employ around 22,000 colleagues. We see and treat more than 2.2 million patients every year across our four hospital sites - Good Hope, Heartlands, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Solihull Hospital - and through our community services and clinics. We are a regional centre for cancer, trauma, renal dialysis, burns & plastics, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis. We also have expertise in premature baby care, bone marrow transplants and thoracic surgery and have the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. We provide a series of highly specialist cardiac, liver and neurosurgery services to patients from across the UK. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is a Major Trauma Centre treating the most severely injured casualties from across the region. The hospital's single site critical care unit is the largest in Europe. The Trust hosts the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM), and is the lead organisation for two Health Data Research UK Hubs as well as the NHS lead for five National Institute for Health Research Centres. UHB is proud to host the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) providing dedicated training for defence personnel, which is also a focus for research and innovation

Main duties of the job

UHB has experienced challenging times, and with a refreshed Board focused on driving culture change and embedding the values of the Trust, the Board has determined the Trust requires a new devolved operating model to achieve our organisational vision & purpose. This is so our population receive a consistently equitable experience and level of care, our sites and community services can realise benefits of scale, and to ensure strategic alignment with the ICS and strategic partners. This will benefit our 22,000 workforce with a sense of belonging to the hospital rather than the Trust; supporting local strategy to attract and retain staff to hospital sites; giving more autonomy to our experts to make decisions about their service; and moving away from centralised control

Underpinning our ability to transform will be the appointment of a CSDO. A pivotal leadership role & voting member of the Board reporting to the Group Chief Exec, will play a critical role in leading ongoing transformation & strategic development of the organisation

The CSDO will provide expert advice and support to define strategic direction for the Group, ensuring alignment with wider system priorities, is at the forefront of the digital landscape enabling Group staff to deliver quality care. You will bring a proven track record of developing strategy and leading transformation across a complex, multi-stakeholder organisation.

If you believe you share our values and ambition, please review the attached application instructions

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please Note: If you believe you share our values and ambition, please review the candidate brief attached

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of experience and evidence of continuing professional development
  • Demonstrable track record of achievement in the provision of excellent interpersonal, strategic andtechnical skills experience


  • Postgraduate level qualification process re-engagement
  • Postgraduate level project management



  • Proven experience and ability in delivery of major transformational programmes.
  • Intellectual flexibility to make strategies and complex situations accessible to stakeholders
  • Experience translating organisation strategy and vision into operational objectives.
  • Evidence of successfully leading significant organisational change in developing new models of delivery.
  • Expertise in in technological innovation and a demonstrable understanding of current developments
  • Demonstrable experience of building, maintaining and utilising successful relationships with all staff within complex organisations.
  • An understanding of healthcare planning process and key national healthcare issues.
  • Demonstrate strong and credible leadership in being able to pull people together across systems and motivate them to deliver common aims and targets.


  • Development of digital technology to improve pathways, outcomes and productivity

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