UHB Hospital Executive Director

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
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

The Trust has experienced challenging times recently and with a refreshed Board focused on driving culture change at all levels and embedding the values of the Trust, the Board has determined that the Trust requires a new devolved operating model to best achieve our organisational vision and purpose. This is so our population receive a consistently equitable experience and level of care, our sites and community services can collectively realise benefits of scale, and to ensure strategic alignment with the ICS and strategic partners. The changes will also benefit our 22,000 workforce through supporting a sense of belonging with 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

Our new Hospital Executive Directors (HED) will be responsible for delivery of exceptional patient care that is tailored to the needs of our local populations. The HEDs will be supported by senior management teams and a clinical delivery group structure and will work closely with local stakeholders within and outside the hospitals. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of an exciting new operating model at one of the largest trusts in the country, and play a leading role in the delivery of healthcare in Birmingham and Solihull

If you believe you share our values and ambition, please refer to 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, pleasereview the candidate brief attached below

Person Specification



  • Educated to master's degree level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Training or qualification in improvement methodology (e.g., Lean), or equivalent professional experience
  • Training or qualification in leadership or management, or equivalent professional experience



  • Significant senior leadership experience in an NHS acute Trust
  • Experience of increasing staff engagement and motivation to improve performance
  • Proven outcomes in successfully leading services and/or transformational change, including system redesign to reduce clinical risk and assure the highest standards of delivery
  • Experience of managing complex problems to successful solutions in fast-moving environments
  • Demonstrable track record of sound financial and operational performance improvement
  • Demonstrable experience of working between Board and Ward with credibility at all levels
  • Strong knowledge of national, system and local strategies and policies and the regulatory and inspectoral frameworks


  • Experience of working in a group model, within the NHS
  • Experience of working in a matrix management model

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to foster multi-professional team working and problem solving
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively, and to engage others in the vision
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills both verbal, written and presentation, together with excellent listening skills including facilitation and conflict resolution
  • Ability to seek and ethically exploit opportunities to advance objectives
  • Acts corporately to support the Board and other senior colleagues in the delivery of their responsibilities
  • Personal values aligned to those of the NHS Constitution and University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Compassionate and inclusive leadership style with ability to develop a culture in which all individuals can thrive and feel a sense of belonging
  • Demonstrates effective partnership working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to action to achieve equality, diversity and inclusivity in the provision of services and staffing
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and persuade regarding complex or sensitive issues
  • Ability to operate effectively in clinical academic operational environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Thinks systemically and acts long term
  • Builds effective teams that can deliver high standards, work collaboratively and create integrated solutions to complex and challenging problems
  • Motivational skills to lead staff to deliver operational objectives and standards
  • Robust and persistent in the pursuit of objectives and maintaining personal credibility
  • Proactive, versatile and problem solving approach
  • Able to prioritise and work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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