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General Manager Forensic Health Services

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for General Manager of the secure services within the Forensic Healthcare Services of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Post will be based at the Hellingly Centre or the Chichester centre (negotiable) but there is an expectation of travel across the CDS and other Trust sites as required.

Candidates need not have previous Forensic Healthcare experience, but will need to demonstrate their ability to work at this level operationally. A personal development plan will be put in place for the successful candidate to support their transition into this role.

Main duties of the job

  • The delivery of excellent services through the management and deployment of both health and social services resources within a defined budget.
  • Participate in the development of the Leadership Team and work in partnership with lead clinicians/ practitioners to become involved in service planning and decision making and delivery.
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and monitoring of policies.
  • To ensure recommendations from Serious Untoward Incidents (SUIs), near misses, complaints and other incidents are implemented, and maximise trust wide learning by identifying any trends.
  • Lead on designated projects.

About us

About the Trust:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage the provision of high-quality services for the Forensic Secure inpatient services including the Chichester Centre LSU and Hellingly MSU within the resources available. The services for which the post holder is responsible will be multi- disciplinary and led by the Leadership Team (LT). Key areas of delivery are as follows: -
  • Work effectively within the LT facilitating trust, holding self and colleagues to account appropriately and demonstrating personal commitment to integrated (managerial/professional) leadership.
  • Achieve a defined set of health and social care performance targets, in accordance with contractual requirements and the performance framework for Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, and other relevant statutory and professional bodies.
  • Provide services within the agreed financial resources and achieve all financial targets, including cost efficiency savings, ensuring maximum value in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness.
  • To actively contribute in the planning and delivery of the business objectives, service plans and change projects, ensuring customer focus, consistency, quality, and cost effectiveness.
  • Respond to Serious Untoward Incidents (SUIs), complaints and communications, ensuring timely and thorough investigation, disseminating recommendations and monitoring that actions are fully implemented
  • Identify risks and take corrective action in line with trusts integrated governance framework.
  • Promote through personal actions support for the Trusts key policies on Equality and Diversity, Exemplar Employer and use of the recovery orientated approach for people with longer term problems
  • Contribute to external groups and specific projects and work streams as required e.g. within the local health and social care community
  • Deputises for the Service Director and colleagues as required, representing the Trust responsibly at all times.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree/ diploma level with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience
  • Clinical/post graduate management qualification to masters or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level



  • Extensive experience of and demonstrable achievement in managing health/social care services
  • Management of resources and good track record with change management, efficiency savings and financial recovery plans
  • Experience of modernising services without additional resources
  • Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders in the redesign of services
  • Experience of project management and imaginative planning
  • Experience of managing a diverse practitioner team (multi site).
  • Measurable track record in involving and motivating staff to improve performance.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hellingly/Chichester Hospital

The Drive


BN27 4ER

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