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Chief Operating Officer

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
The role of Chief Operating Officer is a crucial one for the Trust. The successful candidate will work closely with health and care partners across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire acting as Senior Responsible Officer for Urgent Care transformation programmes.

We are also developing the acute services partnership between Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust and Isle of Wight NHS Trust to help tackle the long-standing challenges of delivering high quality, safe, and sustainable healthcare services to our populations. Penny Emerit, Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust and will now oversee both Trusts, supported by experienced site leaders in Portsmouth and on the Island.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a senior operational leader to join Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and have a big impact at a time of change and development at the Trust. If you are excited by this challenge and think you have the skills and expertise to succeed, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For a conversation in confidence, please contact:

Carmel Gibbons-

Ruth Lewis -

Main duties of the job

As an Executive Director, and member of the Trust Board, you will contribute to the collective decision-making of the Board and take shared responsibility for the overall success and future direction of the Trust.

You will provide strong and effective leadership and advice to ensure all Trust staff deliver consistently safe, effective and high-quality care to patients.

Lead the development and delivery of the Trusts principal integrated clinical, operational and financial service objectives and targets, by ensuring the efficient and effective management of all operational services.

Ensure the Trust has effective relationships and partnerships that participate in all appropriate aspects of healthcare development within the local health economy, and beyond.

Leadership of all divisions, ensuring the structure is fit for purpose with effective and consistent performance monitoring processes implemented and maintained, against which the contribution and effectiveness of all services are measured and reported appropriately.

Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for urgent care across the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP).

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive


Person Specification



  • High level of political and strategic awareness.
  • Able to win hearts and minds, lead and motivate clinicians, managers and staff and to harness and nurture local talent.
  • High levels of tenacity, enthusiasm and resilience, to achieve goals and to see things through.
  • Exceptional influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with system partners to deliver agreed objectives.



  • Experience of operating as Chief Operating Officer in a complex organisation, or Director of Operations with Board experience.
  • Strategic thinker with demonstrable grip and authority.
  • Developed and delivered comprehensive service strategy in a large organisation, including transforming vision into real action.
  • Proven record of establishing productive working relationships and effective partnership working across internal and external networks.
  • Track record of delivery.



  • Educated to Masters Level or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate management qualification.
  • Evidence of continued learning and professional development.

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Queen Alexandra Hospital

Southwick Hill Road




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