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General Manager - Ophthalmology

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 a year pa inclusive
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced operational leader to manage the Ophthalmology Directorate on a 12 month fixed term basis (maternity cover).

There has never been a more exciting time to join Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The Trust is in the process of implementing Imperial Management and Improvement System (IMIS) that brings many unique challenges and dynamic changes and with that comes huge opportunities for those who wish to join an innovative Trust that truly believes in the evolution of services for the benefit of our patients.We are committed to providing consistently excellent and safe patient-centred care for the people of North West London, through highly skilled, committed and compassionate staff working together.

We provide care and treatments across five hospitals: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, St Mary's, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea and the Western Eye Hospital as well as some other community locations that allow us where to deliver care closer to home. The Trust is a lively forward looking workplace with a strong identity and held in high regard within its community. We are fully committed to caring for all patients, their families and carers, and staff in a manner which embraces, respects, promotes and celebrates equality, cultural diversity and inclusion. We want to inspire you to take every opportunity to grow, discover and share best practice so you can deliver safe and effective services with great outcomes for our patients.

Alongside the day-to-day running of the service the General Manager will also be responsible for leading the service's elective recovery plan, emergency demands and developing services within the Western Eye Hospital and local community. You will provide leadership for approximately 350 WTE staff and set the direction for the directorate. The directorate has an ambitious strategic agenda both internally and externally across the ICS which the General Manager will lead on.

The Ophthalmology Directorate is part of the Surgery and Cancer Division - the largest of the three clinical Divisions at ICHT. Alongside triumvirate colleagues, directorate General Manager colleagues and the Divisional leadership team you will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the service.

You must be educated to a Masters level or have equivalent experience plus additional management training and evidence of CPD. You must have experience of working at a senior management level in a complex organisation and have experience of budget management, staff management, managing competing workloads and experience of advising senior managers and external stakeholders. If you find the idea of this role exciting and consider this is the opportunity you have been looking for, we look forward to your interest.

Main duties of the job

Be accountable for the operational performance of a large, complex Directorate. This will include accountability for the delivery of high quality patient care, clinical governance, patient safety, clinical quality, and delivery of financial targets.

Have joint responsibility with the other Directorate General Managers and members of the Divisional management team for driving forward division wide programmes of work and service developments.

Work closely with the Divisional Director of Operations to shape and implement the corporate objectives for the Trust.

Support the Divisional Director of Operations to align the Directorate more closely with Imperial College, through the development of appropriate links with the Academic Health Science Centre office and with college counterparts.

Ensure that the necessary corporate governance arrangements are in place across the Division in line with requirements of a Trust.

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • First degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of other specialist knowledge at higher degree or masters level
  • Extensive knowledge of the NHS in the acute sector with up to date knowledge of patient services
  • Evidence of CPD



  • Significant experience within the Healthcare sector at General Manager 8C/8D level or equivalent manager including responsibility for strategic planning and budgetary control for a group of complex medical/surgical specialities
  • Track record of financial delivery Experience of writing complex business cases and policies
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Well-developed IT skills to manage and report on complex performance management information


  • Understanding of the context of Ophthalmology services within NW London

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust




W2 1NY

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