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Directorate Manager

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHSFT are currently seeking an outstanding individual to fulfil the critical and rewarding role of Directorate Manager.

This exciting role sits within the Clinical Divisions and will offer the right individual an opportunity to influence at senior management level and lead recovery, service improvement and the development of future services.

The right candidate will have previous experience at senior management level and will have the skills to deliver high quality, efficient and effective services with leadership and compassion.

The successful candidate will work as part of a triumvirate management team, working closely with the Matron and Clinical Director into a larger Divisional Senior Leadership Team structure.

As an organisation we are passionate about what we do. Our vision for the future is strong in that we will deliver excellence in all we do.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and is required to demonstrate experience of working at senior management level with a proven track record of achieving targets whilst managing large multi-professional teams.

It is essential that you evidence experience of HR management, budgetary management, performance and information management and of planning and developing strategy as well as possessing excellent communication and organisational skills.

Main duties of the job

As Directorate Manager you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of an operational area across two hospital sites and will possess a strong ability to build successful teams whilst influencing and motivating staff to deliver challenging targets through times of change. You will need to be business focused with an ability to analyse and present complex data whilst being sensitive to clinical and political demands both within and out-with the organisation.

Within the Directorate structure you will work closely with the Clinical Director to develop and deliver the Directorates strategy in line with the Trust strategy and you will need to be an innovator who can use both qualitative and quantitative information to drive improvements for patients and the organisation.

The provision of quality, safe and effective patient care is paramount and alongside the Clinical Director, you will be expected to support clinicians to deliver improved outcomes for patients through robust performance management, effective risk management strategies within a strong clinical governance framework and the promotion of a positive, learning culture in which staff are empowered to share ideas and drive progress.

This is a real opportunity for the right individual who is looking for a challenging yet very rewarding opportunity at an exciting time of change for both the organisation and the NHS as a whole.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description for full details

To be responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the directorate, ensuring that resources are deployed effectively and efficiently across both hospital sites.

To provide support to the Clinical Director in a wide range of operational and business activities.

To support the Clinical Director in developing and delivering Directorate objectives, goals, strategies and measures in accordance with the parameters set by the Trusts Executive.

To ensure that key directorate performance targets for activity, expenditure, waiting times, waiting lists, complaints and other quality measures are met.

To deputise for the Clinical Director as appropriate.

To work in partnership with key managers/staff within and out with the Directorate to ensure that quality patient services are provided.

To work with the Clinical Director to explore the potential of forming strategic alliances with cutting edge organisations and providers, both locally and nationally.

To work with the Clinical Director to develop and deliver patient services that builds on the excellent reputation of the Trust.

To innovate and develop new services that enhance the patient experience and delivers value for the Trust.

Person Specification

Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of the NHS.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to build successful teams.
  • Ability to influence and motivate staff to deliver challenging targets.
  • Ability to present complex data.
  • Ability to manage conflict.
  • Effective organisation skills.
  • Proven record of pro-active performance.
  • Well-developed IT skills to manage and report on complex performance management information systems.
  • Effective problem solving skills using team when appropriate.
  • Ability to analyse complex financial and clinical data sets.



  • Educated to first degree level or equivalent.
  • Evidence of other specialist management training to post graduate level.
  • ILM or other management training.


  • Project Management experience.
  • Leadership Training.



  • Significant experience at senior manager level including responsibility for planning and budgetary control for a directorate or service.
  • Experience of managing large multi-professional teams towards common objectives and targets.
  • Experience of HR management, budgetary management, performance and information management and of planning and developing strategy.
  • Proven track record of achieving challenging targets.
  • Experience of delivering complex programmes of change.


  • Experience in Health/Social care Sector.



  • Committed to providing quality services to patients.
  • An effective leader with personal and professional credibility and integrity.
  • Able to work in partnership at levels within and out-with the Trust.
  • An individual who can work independently, work across disciplines and be an effective team member.
  • Displays a positive manner, being an ambassador for the organisation.
  • Flexible in work pattern to meet the needs of the service.
  • Demonstrates awareness of priorities, deals with workload, adapts to changing requirements and uses initiative.
  • Business focused.
  • Sensitive to clinical and political demands.
  • Innovate thinker with the ability to cut through barriers to change.

Physical Skills


  • Travel between sites and off site meetings as required.
  • Able to participate in an on-call rota.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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