Group Chief Executive Officer

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

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

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 and 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 some challenging times recently and with a refreshed Board focusing 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 in order to best achieve our organisational vision & purpose. This so that our population receive a consistently equitable experience and level of care, that our sites and community services can collectively realise benefits of scale, and to ensure strategic alignment with the ICS and strategic partners. As we develop our Group structure, the Group Chief Executive will be at the centre of developing this model ensuring that it delivers for our staff, patients and communities.

This is a pivotal leadership appointment at a critical time in the Trust's evolution. We are seeking an exceptional Chief Executive - there are few leadership opportunities in the sector that offer such scale of opportunity to impact positively for staff and the populations we serve. Our new Chief Executive will help shape the future of not only our Trust, but of provision in the region and deliver our vision to 'Build Healthier Lives'. The successful candidate will bring experience gained in complex healthcare organisations, with expertise in stakeholder engagement, and leadership experience of achieving transformation at scale.

If you share our values and ambition, and can add strategic capacity to our leadership team, please refer to the application instructions attached

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

If you share our values and ambition, and can add strategic capacity to our leadership team, please refer to the application instructions attached

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent professional qualifications or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development.


  • Postgraduate management qualification is desirable



  • Substantial senior leadership experience gained at board level in a complex health organisation.
  • Experience of the national, regional, and local health and social care systems.
  • Experience of developing and delivering successful organisational strategies in a context of complex stakeholder
  • engagement.
  • Experience of translating organisation strategy and vision into successful operational objectives and plans.
  • Experience of building successful alliances across organisational borders.
  • A track record of delivering financial and performance objectives in a complex organisation.
  • Successful leadership of achieving transformation at scale

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