Chief Operating Officer

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Competative Salary per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We're an award-winning NHS Trust that has always proudly been at the forefront of delivering innovative health and care. Since our Torbay Hospital nurses' league formed three years before the NHS began, to becoming the first Trust in England to provide joined-up hospital and community care with social care, we continually strive to be the best at what we do and provide better care for the 286,000 people in our community who rely upon us.

We are always looking forward and developing new and innovative ways to provide care: we're leading the NHS' digital healthcare revolution with our use of cutting-edge technology and augmented reality to help people manage their care in their homes and in the community. We're working with our acute trusts across the peninsula to develop personalised and place-based care at pace, alongside our �20 million investment in our theatres and endoscopy unit to reduce the length of time people are waiting for care.

It's an exciting time to join us and we're looking for a compassionate and motivated leader to help us deliver our ambitious long-term plan. Our new Chief Operating Officer (COO) will care as passionately about people as we do and continually strive for excellence. Our COO will hold us to account, champion our people and advocate for the people we serve. If this is you, and you want to be part of our future, please get in touch - we can't wait to hear from you.

TSDFT Candidate brief - Chief Operating Officer

Main duties of the job

As an executive member of our Board of Directors, our Chief Operating Officer is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the organisation and for the quality of service and care provided to our patients, coordinating key areas as directed by, and agreed with the Board of Directors

You are responsible for the delivery of our board's operational targets, the effective and efficient delivery of all clinical services and the management of operational business on a day to day basis to meet all necessary standards of safety, quality and patient access within agreed resources. The ideal candidate will have experience of working and leading in an integrated health and social care system, and fully appreciates the excellent leadership skill and drive required to successfully manage efficiency and productivity in a complex system. They will be able to evidence and demonstrate a focus on quality, improvement, building systems and organisational capability and sustainability, while providing safe, seamless patient services.

Accountable to our Chief Executive Officer, the COO and is a key member of our Executive Team and Board of Directors, who together are responsible for ensuring the overall strategic direction, performance and success of the organisation as we work towards our vision of better health and care for all.

You are an ambassador for our organisation - both with our people, our community and partners at local, regional and national level.

About us

We were the first Trust in England to provide joined-up hospital and community care with social care, and we continue to work with our partners to improve the way we deliver safe, high-quality health and social care. Serving a resident population of 286,000 people, this can increase by up to 100,000 in holiday periods, and out 6,500 staff deliver outstanding care from our main acute hospital, Torbay Hospital, as well as a further five community hospitals.

We have been given a share of �3.7 billion government funding for a new hospital development, and this investment will drive a one in a lifetime programme of service transformation. We are a key member of the Devon health and care system, and our vision and strategy tie closely into this, using what we have learnt to continue to improve our services for patients.

We care deeply about our people and work with them to improve what we do.

We have our challenges but we have an opportunity to significantly improve what we do to regain control of our finances and our performance and ensure our services are sustainable and meet people's needs, now and in the future.

You will fulfil statutory responsibilities as a member of our Board of Directors, ensuring that we are compliant with national policy and practice in all areas of key responsibilities and at all times, comply with the standards of conduct for directors.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full information about the role please click the link below to access our interactive applicant booklet, which includes all you need to know about us, our new role and how to apply.

The recruitment and selection process will be coordinated in partnership with GatenbySanderson, and the attached How to apply document outlines all the necessary information. If you have any question's please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Gay or Yasmin Boulton within the Torbay Hospital Recruitment Team.

TSDFT Candidate brief - Chief Operating Officer

Person Specification



  • Post graduate qualification/ Master's Degree or relevant equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional development

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