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Chief Operating Officer

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience & competencies likely to be £140,000 p a
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a key member of our Executive Team and is a voting member of the Board of Directors. As an Executive Director, the post holder shares responsibility with Director colleagues for the overall strategic direction and performance of the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RUH).

This represents an exciting opportunity for someone who has the energy and drive to work for the RUH, an organisation aspiring to be one of the best acute providers in the country, and a leading exemplar regarding partnership working. To thrive in this role, we anticipate that you will be drawing on extensive experience in demanding operational management roles and at managing busy and extensive portfolios of work. Ideally, your operational experience will have been substantially in healthcare.

You will contribute to our strategic thinking and decision-making processes and will have overall responsibility for the delivery of high-quality operational services and for effective performance. You will lead specific programmes as agreed with the Chief Executive and will also be the Executive Lead for Improving Together, our system of behaviours, routines and quality improvement tools to improve our services.

Main duties of the job

To support ethnically diverse representation in senior health and care roles, the RUH is developing a positive action plan to ensure the widest and most diverse field of talent; we are particularly keen to receive applications from all people, particularly women, with an ethnically diverse background.

We encourage people to make contact to discuss this crucial post, to do so you can contact Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive, through Helen Perkins, at her email or telephone on 01225 824032

Please submit your application, consisting of a CV and covering letter, by Monday 29th May, to Helen Perkins, and we will let you know by Thursday 1st June whether we are going to invite you to participate in the selection process, which will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June (please hold these dates for the selection process when you submit your application).

Please refer to the attached job description for detailed information on the main responsibilities of the role.

For further information about the RUH please refer to your our website for the candidate pack:

About us

At the RUH we're proud to put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centred care we pride ourselves on.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff wellbeing, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more about living and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about our extensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future with the landmark Dyson Cancer Centre and our passion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached candidate pack for detailed information on the main responsibilities of the role and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Master's level or equivalent level of knowledge gained by experience



  • Significant experience of managing large scale operational services

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