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Deputy Chief Allied Health Professional (AHP)

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is a key leadership role within the Trust, and a core member of the corporate Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer's (CNMO) team, supporting and enabling the CNMO to fulfil his/her responsibility for the professional leadership of AHP Practice across the Trust and their support staff.

The post holder will hold the delegated trust-wide portfolio of professional workforce standards, development and education on behalf of the CNMO, and will deputise as required for the CNMO on matters related to the AHP workforce agenda. The post holder will hold trust wide responsibility for the professional workforce education and CPD standards and delivery, for AHP practice, thus contributing to the quality of patient care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is accountable for contributing to and implementing the Trust's strategic objectives and developing standards based on evidence and best practice related to AHP workforce. As such the post holder will become the 'go to' lead for AHP practice and education, standards and workforce planning matters. To fulfil these responsibilities the Deputy Chief AHP will have delegated responsibilities from the CNMO for leading, overseeing and supporting a safe and sustainable AHP Workforce Transformation Programme across the Trust working closely with the CNMO, Hospital Directors of Nursing and Head of Therapies.

The post holder will form key relationships with the other senior leaders in the Trust, particularly the Director of Nursing Professional Workforce and CPD to ensure alignment of the strategic and professional contributions of the AHP workforce and effectively implementation of the wider Trust workforce strategies.

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 800,000 people. Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'. We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in Documents to download. If you have further queries please dont hesitate to contact the line manager using the contact details below.

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oMasters or other post-graduate Qualification, e.g., MBA (or equivalent) OR relevant on-job experience
  • oRegistered relevant AHP via the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)
  • oEvidence of significant experience and training in professional leadership e.g. management, mentoring, coaching
  • oKnowledge of leading and cutting edge AHP research and practices across the NHS and wider
  • oGood research knowledge and ability to build research capacity in others


  • Specialist training to doctorate or equivalent level



  • oSignificant senior level experience, with contribution to organisational change programmes and staff engagement
  • oDemonstrable evidence of understanding and experience of professional leadership
  • oExperience of leading transformational change and continuous improvement within the AHP workforce
  • oProven experience of building and working in partnership with both internal and external stakeholders
  • oSignificant experience of: delivering continuous quality improvement, ensuring consistently high standards of clinical safety and quality, engaging and inspiring a professional workforce and working with regulators, e.g., CQC
  • oExperience of managing investigations
  • oEvidence of previous experience of working within a complex and challenging healthcare environment and of delivering operational targets and strategic deliverables at senior level
  • oExperience of workforce planning and redesign
  • oExperience of using resources effectively in a challenged environment, budget management and development of business cases
  • oExperience of effective collaboration with leaders of other health and care disciplines
  • oExperience of system level clinical and professional strategic leadership



  • oA credible senior clinical leader
  • oStrategic thinker and organiser with the ability to articulate a clear vision
  • oAble to employ a range of leadership styles to influence and negotiate effectively internally and externally
  • oCredible, inclusive and visible leader who is able to motivate and inspire teams to deliver high quality care
  • oAble to build and lead teams and to work effectively as part of a team
  • oAbility to understand complex issues, problem solve and propose solutions
  • oAble to lead and develop research into practice
  • oEffective problem-solving skills
  • oDemonstrates strong visible clinical leadership skills
  • oAbility to provide formal teaching development to staff and colleagues
  • oExcellent communication skills (verbal and written) with a range of professional, clinical and nonclinical staff and public
  • oAble to present information written and orally to the highest standard to suit varying audiences


  • Experience of being a member of a board



  • oLeads by example, promoting the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, integrity and probity
  • oCommitted to delivering excellent care with compassion for every patient
  • oPolitically astute
  • oHigh level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude
  • oCommitted to the continuous development of staff and self
  • oDecisive, using sound judgement in decision making in a timely and confident manner
  • oCommitment to developing culture of openness and partnership
  • oHigh self-awareness, understanding own emotions, strengths and limitations

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Kent and Canterbury Hospital



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