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Business Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum or per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

The UHS Theatre Complex are offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and motivated individual to join our current senior team as Business Manager.

We are seeking a highly skilled individual to provide business and operational management, leadership and strategic direction to Theatre and Anaesthetics services (including Lymington) in order to optimise performance, efficiency and quality.

The Theatre Complex is made up of 39 Operating Theatres with multiple specialities planned and unplanned including General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, ENT / Max Fax, Cardiac and Neuro. The Team also cover services at Lymington New Forest Hospital.

Our theatres continually demonstrate ongoing excellence of patient care and are fundamentally about helping people to get well. We are the regional trauma centre, and support 24 hour emergency patient pathways.

The postholder will be expected to travel to both Southampton General Hospital and Lymington New Forest Hospital.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do

Provide business and operational management, leadership and strategic direction to Theatre services in order to optimise performance, efficiency and quality. Work with others to ensure agreed theatre utilisation rates and service objectives are achieved in terms of efficient operational theatre flow. Identify areas for service improvement and work with the team on projects to improve service delivery and data accuracy. Develop processes to analyse performance and interpret data for efficient service and focus on always improving. Work in partnership with all services to support effective flow management, ensuring service users receive care and treatment in the most appropriate environment to meet their needs. Ensuring achievement of national and local targets, through collaboration, consultation and management of relationships with senior clinicians and operational teams

What were looking for Forward thinking individuals who are eager to develop their own skills Previous experience of post-qualification study/professional development (including working) within a business and operational planning area within NHS or similar relevant environment Demonstrate capability and capacity for management within health services Staff and resource management experience Able to develop and implement policy, guidelines and projects Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • First degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • Evidence of post-qualification study/professional development (including working) with in an operational, financial or business planning area within the NHS or other relevant setting
  • Advanced IT skills (MS Office)


  • Leadership training
  • Management training
  • Project management qualification

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Demonstrate capability and capacity for management within health services
  • Able to develop and implement policy, guidelines and projects
  • Staff and resource management experience


  • Experience of contract management
  • Experience of performance management
  • Experience of change management

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to prioritise completing work demands
  • Ability to think and plan creatively
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop practical workable solutions to address them
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • Ability to interpret/analyse information and produce clear concise reports for a range of audiences
  • Ability to demonstrate a good understanding of the changing NHS environment
  • Ability to work independently, using own initiative
  • Ability to lead, motivate, delegate and be a team player


  • Experience of using Trust information software
  • Good information analysis skills
  • Evidence of preparing and delivering successful business cases
  • The ability to network and build relationships at all levels
  • Excellent presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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