Chief Digital Information Officer

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience c£115K
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Trust senior leadership team. The role reflects our commitment to digital transformation, and a recognition of its growing importance in healthcare.

We believe that the positioning of this post as an Executive director reporting directly to the CEO emphasises both our commitment to the centrality of 'digital' as a core component of best care, as well as our desire to be leading at the forefront of innovation. We are therefore looking for a candidate that has a proven track record as a senior leader in the delivery of high quality, innovative digital and change programmes; who is a confident and clear communicator, is able to influence, inspire and lead others from our Trust Board to growing the next generation of digitally literate frontline staff and our patient and carer engagement with technology.

You will need to maintain a strategic approach, and must be able to translate business requirements into cost-effective technical solutions that are service user focussed and will improve quality and productivity, and clearly prioritise among competing demands. This role will suit an individual who has the drive and enthusiasm for delivering effective change programmes and business as usual services in a complex, dynamic environment.

Main duties of the job

Digital health services are pivotal to the transformation agenda of BHT. This role will ensure that the vision, direction and clinical strategy for the Trust is fully enabled by digital processes, change and innovation. The post holder will work closely with all key stakeholders, and play a key role with respect to developing the digital agenda in partnership with the Integrated Care Board (ICB).

The successful candidate will be a member of Trust Executive and a non-voting member of the Trust Board, leading conversations on technology and data. They will be central to informing Board and Executive discussions on horizon scanning, most innovative current and future practice, future investments, and lead the development, and delivery, of our longer-term digital transformation strategy. In addition, the successful candidate will represent the Trust at system , ICS and regional level digital discussions.

This role is a senior leadership role that will be expected to lead strategic discussions with the Executive Team, Senior Clinicians and the Trust Board in the development and successful delivery of the digital strategy, which will need to underpin the organisation's clinical strategy.

This portfolio will include all Digital services within the Trust, including strategic and operational IT, IT Security, Digital Safety and Information Governance.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 2020 following the merger of the Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. There has been significant investment in our people, buildings and in digital. Our investments using digital technologies will transform the way we deliver patient services and the way staff experience working in this organisation.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description attached for full details

Corporate responsibilities
  • Contribute to developing the strategic direction of the Trust, ensuring that digitally enabled service delivery, innovations and transformation are accurately reflected in the ambition of the organisation.
  • Take collective responsibility for the performance of the organisation including quality, service, workforce and financial performance of the organisation.
  • Contribute to the successful team working of the senior leadership team.
  • Develop effective partnership working relationships with key stakeholders to further the Trusts strategic ambitions.
  • Work collaboratively with other Executive Directors and Clinical Directors to ensure wherever appropriate there is a corporate approach to planning and delivery of digital technologies, innovations and processes.
  • Participate in the corporate and clinical risk management of the Trust, including the relevant areas of the Risk Register and Assurance Framework.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Trust and contribute to the wider health and organisational agenda in Bedfordshire as appropriate.
  • Participate in the Trusts Director on-call rota.
  • Act at all times in a manner that promotes the values of the Trust and actively seek opportunities to further develop the reputation of the Trust.
  • Provide advice and take action, where necessary, in response to audit findings and recommendations in respect of digital and technology.

Professional Leadership
  • Leadership for the development and successful delivery of the Trusts digital strategy, which needs to be shaped by the Trusts clinical strategy and Trust strategic priorities.
  • Lead successful implementation of digital systems ensuring there are robust training and OD plans in place for staff to utilise systems in the way envisaged and sufficient consideration is given to embedding agreed behaviour changes.
  • Develop clear relationships with Senior Clinicians and an understanding of the needs of Service Users / patients.
  • Act as the Trusts Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) enabling the safe and legal sharing of information to support better health and care outcomes.
  • Ensure that the Trust builds its reputation for innovation, and to exploit new technologies appropriately for clinical and operational benefit.
  • Engage with key internal and external stakeholders to develop partnerships and ensure business and clinical imperatives across the Trust, and the wider health economy are adequately reflected in the Trusts digital strategy and operational priorities.
  • Contribute to and influence the emerging Integrated Care Boards agenda and to act as digital and technology lead on behalf of the Trust.
  • Provide leadership to the Digital teams ensuring appropriate leadership/ management is in place to ensure:
    • Robust mechanisms are created and implemented to provide a high level of IT availability for Trust users. This will include the maintenance and strategic review of disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
    • The Trust meets all requirements associated with our regulatory or contractual obligations and that we provide the Trust with the information needed to effectively manage our services.
    • Deployed solutions meet required standards for data protection, digital clinical safety, cyber security etc,
    • Capacity is sufficient to deliver agreed levels of services across all digital functions.

Finance and Resource Management
  • Manage revenue and capital budgets, planning and delivery of cost improvement programs, maintaining compliance with standing financial instructions, and ensuring best value at all times.
  • Develop a robust benefits realisation approach for major investment in digital technology, and to ensure that these benefits are delivered in full and on schedule.

  • Provide leadership and management of IT and Information functions ensuring that mechanism are in place to achieve workforce performance targets for appraisals, training and development, risk assessments etc.
  • Ensure optimal performance of the teams, by maintaining effective recruitment and retention and enabling continual development through appropriate training and personal development and consistent with Trust policies.

Person Specification



  • oA degree level education in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • oAn MBA or other postgraduate management qualification in a relevant field or substantial experience
  • oA sustained record of continued professional development
  • oQualification at practitioner level of a recognized programme/project management methodology


  • oMembership of an appropriate professional body

Experience and Knowledge


  • oExperience of working at a senior level in a large complex organisation (in or outside the NHS) leading on digital, IT and information services
  • oRecord of sound leadership in a complex organisation
  • oSuccessful track record at Director/ Senior Management level, including exposure at Board
  • oExperience of providing strategic and technical Digital advice to the NHS or comparable organisations
  • oExperience of service reconfiguration and reorganisation
  • oA track record of delivering large scale change and knowledge of quality improvement methodologies and evidence
  • oIM&T systems procurement experience
  • oExperience of managing and negotiating large contracts
  • oExperience of large budget management
  • oExperience of data management & flows


  • oExperience of contributing to the digital strategy at an Integrated System level
  • oExperience of complex information systems and BI visualisations for management reporting Examples of creation and delivery of innovative digital solutions.



  • oThe ability to influence and operate effectively in a challenging environment
  • oThe ability to develop effective relationships with a range of stakeholders internally and externally
  • oStrong verbal, written, reasoning and influencing skills
  • oThe ability to cope with rapid and sustained change and competing demands, managing priorities within tight deadlines
  • oNegotiation skills for internal and external stakeholders
  • oThe ability to communicate in a changing, ambiguous and on occasions hostile and antagonistic environment
  • oThe ability to manage difficult and challenging conversations
  • oThe ability to interpret complex data and information to inform decision making at Board level
  • oThe ability to motivate people to transform care outcomes
  • oEnergy, enthusiasm and resilience to drive through change and required outcomes and improvements
  • oExamples of positive use of disruptive innovation to deliver sustainable change

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