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Director of People - Royal London & Mile End Hospitals

Barts Health NHS Trust
£107,637 to £122,695 per annum inc
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Executive team at the Royal London and Mile End Hospitals and really make a positive difference to the lives of our staff and our patients.

The Royal London Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital one of London's leading trauma and emergency care and hyper-acute stroke centres. Our hospital is home to one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK and London's Air Ambulance and our dental hospital is a leading specialist for dental and oral health. At our Mile End Hospital site, we provide a range of outpatient and community-based services.

We are part of the Barts Health Group which is one of the largest NHS Trust's in the country with over 7,000 staff employed at the Royal London and Mile End Hospitals alone. As well as leading the delivery of our Group People Strategy at our hospitals, you will also work with your Executive team colleagues to drive the priorities and improvements that we have identified as important to our staff locally.

We serve one of the most diverse populations in the country and we are committed to eliminating discrimination, valuing diversity, and promoting equality of opportunity. One of the main priorities of this role is to deliver the change that is needed in order to build and sustain an inclusive environment for all.

Main duties of the job

Who are we looking for? We need a Director of People who enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced environment and is able to lead our strategic people agenda as well as responding to daily operational needs and demands. Whilst you may not have worked in a Group model before, you will have some appreciation of both its benefits and complexities.

We are an aspirational leadership team committed to innovation and transformation and we need a Director of People who can support us on our continuing journey to make the Royal London and Mile End Hospitals an inclusive, fulfilling, and fantastic place to work.

This opportunity may suit someone who is already a Director of People or an experienced and accomplished Deputy Director with the right skills.

This is a critical appointment for us and no doubt an important step for you. It is therefore important that you have an opportunity to find out more about the role before you decide to apply.

We hope this is the right opportunity for you and we look forward to receiving your application!

The closing date for applications is Sunday 10th March 2024. The selection process will take place on Monday 25th March 2024.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional development



  • Current knowledge of the leadership and management context of the NHS, and HR systems and processes necessary for delivering excellence in health care.
  • A thorough understanding of modern HR & OD theory and practice.
  • Good working knowledge of current employment law.
  • Strong grasp for diversity & inclusion issues



  • Experience in a senior HR position, managing complex change
  • Experience of managing Employee Relations within a multi-union environment
  • Proven track record of achievement in the NHS or similar complex, customer-facing organisation.
  • Experience in leading diverse services and programmes across different functions and leading and facilitating stakeholders through major change
  • Experience of building workforce plans and new workforce models that are underpinned by robust quantitative analysis
  • Proven ability to evaluate and optimise business cases and to construct effective business models for service delivery
  • Ability to work effectively within a matrix organisation
  • Demonstrate solid professional decision-making ability and able to manage complex professional and people issues
  • Proven track record of leading the development if compassionate and inclusive cultures from team to organisation level



  • Well-developed ability to: oCustomise people strategies. oShape effective change management plans oIdentify learning and development needs in a systematic way. oProvide coaching and support on complex ER issues. oLead employee engagement initiatives oUse HR information systems to gather people data and insights.
  • Highly skilled problem-solver with an ability to find innovative solution to complex challenges
  • Strong budgetary, analytical and statistical skills with an ability to develop insight from a range of data sources
  • A highly credible and strategic leader with a visible, engaging, motivational and inspiring leadership style
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills both verbal, written and presentation together with excellent listening skills
  • Capable of inspiring people to think and act innovatively and to challenge established ways of doing things
  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing, negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to effectively handle highly sensitive issues


  • QI techniques & methodologies

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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