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Director of Legal Services

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year pa
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
The Legal Service Department at UHDB is a dynamic and supportive team and we are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead the service.

The ideal candidate will provide strategic leadership and direction to maximise learning and quality improvement. They will act as the Trust's legal expert, managing all aspects of the Legal Services Department, providing legal advice across a broad range of areas including clinical negligence, Coroner's Inquests, employer's and public liability, consent, Powers of Attorney and other healthcare law issues.

If you have the skills and experience to lead a high performing in-house team like ours, we would love to hear from you. Information conversations about the role can be arranged with the Executive Director of Corporate Development rebecca.o'

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure the provision of a dedicated legal service within the Trust, developing and expanding the service to meet the Trust's changing strategic needs.The post holder will be responsible for the research and development of precedent common law and legislation frameworks to apply to the unique and complex legal scenarios arising within one of the country's largest and most diverse Acute Teaching Hospitals, that will best serve the Trust's legal interests and protection.The post holder will be responsible for the management of and professional lead for the Legal Services Department, developing the potential of staff and encouraging growth in respect of skills and professional competencies.The post holder will provide expert, highly specialist legal advice to clinicians, senior managers and members of the Trust Board on a broad range of highly complex, confidential and sensitive legal matters, including the provision of general advice relating to healthcare matters, the application of legislation and regulation Trust wide.

Closing date of applications - 21 April 2024

Interview date - 02 May 2024

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:
  • Development opportunities, both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • Staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts:
  • We see on average 4810 OP appointments a day.
  • We are the 4 th busiest Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients department in England - an average of 2077 per week.
  • An average of 1115 patients are seen in A& Es across our network every day - 3rd largest in the country.
  • Our hospitals admit an average of 195 emergency patients daily.
  • Last year we undertook almost 33,700 planned surgical operations in our 57 operating theatres.
  • We are one of only 7 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres.
  • We carry out more than 140 elective procedures each working day.
  • UHDB is a research active University Hospital with a large and varied portfolio of clinical trials and research opportunities for all staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be accountable for fostering relationships, including consultation on proposals and service alterations, with external stakeholders including NHS Resolution(NHSR), Coroners of several different jurisdictions, High Court and Court of Protection, Official Solicitor, Counsel, opposing law firms and Local Authority legal teams, influencing relevance policies with external stakeholders to protect the Trusts interests.

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Person Specification

Training and Qualification


  • Educated to Masters/LPC Level
  • A qualified and practising solicitor, significant post qualification experience successfully managing a substantial case load, advance specialist knowledge, expertise and experience in the healthcare field
  • Awareness of national and local policy, legislation and regulations and the latest developments in healthcare law


  • Leadership qualification/ training
  • Higher Rights of Audience

Experience and Knowledge


  • Ability to demonstrate strategic vision as well as a track record of leading a team through a change process
  • Significant experience advising at a senior level on the full range of health and/or regulatory law issues
  • Experience of undertaking advocacy in court and/or at inquests
  • Extensive experience of analysing highly complex information and producing reports to tight deadlines. Experience presenting this information within a large, complex organization


  • Legal knowledge to include clinical negligence, Coroner's inquests, employers' and public liability, statutory/regulatory law and general healthcare advisory
  • Experience of working in a complex healthcare / NHS environment

Communication and relationship skills


  • A highly credible leader with experience of building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to negotiate on difficult and highly complex and detailed issues, including the handling of challenging court cases or inquests

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills
  • Experience of working with and effectively communicating highly complex information with a range of external stakeholders
  • Ability to make difficult decisions autonomously, when required, on challenging, sensitive and complex matters

Planning and Organisational skills


  • Attention to detail and ability to give constructive feedback to support development of others
  • Evidence of a strongly held commitment to openness, honesty, inclusiveness and high standards in undertaking the leadership role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Derby Hospital

New Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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