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Deputy Chief Allied Health Professional

North Bristol NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 Per annum, pro rata for part time roles.
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a visionary leader with a passion for driving change and innovation in healthcare? North Bristol NHS Trust is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as Deputy Chief AHP. This role offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of AHP services within our organisation and contribute to the wider healthcare system.

As Deputy Chief AHP, you will be a key strategic leader, working closely with the Chief AHP to drive forward our vision and objectives for AHP services. You will provide expert leadership in workforce development, quality improvement, and innovation initiatives. Reporting directly to the Chief AHP, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the direction and performance of AHP services, ensuring alignment with organisational goals and priorities.

To excel in this role, you should possess:
  • HCPC registration and an AHP degree.
  • Extensive postgraduate clinical experience with leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrable evidence of postgraduate learning related to leadership, management, or healthcare.
  • Advanced knowledge of AHP services and the national workforce agenda.
  • Proven track record of successful leadership and change management in healthcare settings.
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Leadership:Lead AHP workforce development and improvement initiatives, sharing advanced knowledge and implementing strategies to enhance service delivery. Provide regular reports and feedback to relevant committees using data-driven insights.

Deputy Duties:Act as primary deputy to the Chief AHP, representing them in meetings and executing delegated responsibilities across portfolios.

Workforce Development:Inspire the next generation of AHPs through outreach programs, promote equality and inclusion, and excel in recruitment, retention, and onboarding efforts.

Data-Driven Workforce Design:Develop workforce models based on data analysis, support advanced practice roles, and embed a culture of continuous quality improvement.

Financial Resources/Management:Contribute to effective resource use and oversee AHP productivity to optimise clinical capacity.

Information Resources/Information Systems:Maintain accurate records, lead clinical audits and research, and analyse complex data for reporting and improvement.

Skills & Qualities:- Exceptional leadership abilities- Advanced AHP services knowledge- Strong communication and analytical skills- Commitment to equality and inclusion- Strategic acumen- HCPC registration and AHP degree

This role offers a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future of AHP services within North Bristol NHS Trust. If you're a visionary leader with a passion for driving positive change in healthcare, we encourage you to apply.

About us

At North Bristol NHS Trust, we are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. We embrace a culture of caring, ambition, respect, and support, reflected in our NBT Cares values. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families.

You will join a dynamic and innovative organisation that values continuous improvement and invests in the professional development and wellbeing of its staff. We offer a supportive working environment where your ideas and contributions will be valued and rewarded.

If you are a forward-thinking leader looking to make a positive impact in healthcare, we invite you to join us at North Bristol NHS Trust. Apply now and be part of our journey to deliver excellence across our AHP services and improve patient outcomes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

The Deputy Chief AHP operates as a key strategic leader within the organisation, supporting the Chief AHP in driving forward the vision and objectives for AHP services. This role encompasses comprehensive oversight of clinical activities, quality improvement initiatives, and workforce development strategies. Reporting directly to the Chief AHP, the Deputy Chief AHP plays a pivotal role in shaping the direction and performance of AHP services, ensuring alignment with organisational goals and priorities.

The Deputy Chief AHP role demands a visionary leader with a proven ability to drive organisational change and innovation. This role requires exceptional strategic acumen, leadership capabilities, and a commitment to excellence in AHP services. By working closely with the Chief AHP and other stakeholders, the Deputy Chief AHP plays a critical role in shaping the future of AHP services within the organisation and wider system.

Main Duties & Responsibilities Of The Post:

Please Refer to JD attached for detailed information.

Person Specification



  • Registered AHP with active registration with the HCPC
  • Post Graduate Diploma or experience managing and leading AHPs and working as part of a senior management team
  • Ability to manage highly complex clinical and operational situations that involve staff from all levels within an organisation and across a range of professional and organisational boundaries
  • Experience leading and managing change
  • Experience of report writing that informs and engages target audiences


  • Master's level, or equivalent level of experience
  • Significant operational experience in acute care
  • Recent recognised Leadership course / development
  • Significant post qualification experience and evidence of ongoing professional and management development
  • Significant experience of leading and managing groups of staff within and across directorates in an acute Trust and working with staff from different professional disciplines
  • Evidence of relevant training in leadership/coaching/mentoring
  • Knowledge and experience of change management, quality, safety, and service improvement methodologies
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of current developments in the NHS
  • Experience of managing multiple project work streams within a programme approach.

Work Experience


  • Management and leadership experience in a Healthcare organisation.



  • Leadership and management skills including judgement and decision making
  • Demonstrates the ability to share ideas, information, and feedback in order to empower all levels of staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Effective leadership skills, with an ability to provide a clear vision for change that inspires and motivates others
  • Emotional intelligence and personal resilience to maintain a high level of performance even when faced with opposition from others, or when working under stressful conditions
  • Ability to work and participate in clinical practice
  • Independent thinker, with demonstrated good judgement, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Proactive, self-starter with an ability to co-ordinate and prioritise
  • Effective presentation skills, to a wide variety of audiences in an engaging manner that is clear and obtains buy-in, sometimes in the face of opposition
  • Highly developed analytical and interpretation skills enabling judgements on a range of complex and conflicting facts and circumstances
  • Ability to understand, evaluate and make sound recommendations on a range of complex options where the solution may not always be obvious
  • Ability to engage clinical and non-clinical staff to influence behaviour and collaboratively achieve positive outcomes
  • Ability to work independently to tight deadlines and to prioritise effectively against conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to organise and chair meetings to bring about timely and satisfactory outcomes.
  • Computer literate, able to use databases and other relevant programmes, such as MS Word and Excel
  • Ability to think analytically and to sift and make sense of complex, contradictory and often incomplete information and draw conclusions
  • Ability to deal appropriately with sensitive and confidential information
  • Excellent organisational and personal effectiveness skills
  • Excellent communicator at a senior level
  • Demonstrable change management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels, a good manager of people
  • Ability to produce high quality written reports / business cases
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative


  • Highly developed communication skills, e.g., ability to discuss issues of a potentially sensitive nature at directorate level
  • Ability to develop others to reach their full potential
  • Detailed knowledge of current professional issues, both in education and practice
  • Experience investigating and managing disciplinary and performance issues and appeals

Personal Qualities/Special Circumstances


  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, with emotional intelligence and resilience.
  • Standard keyboard skills with highly developed levels of accuracy when producing reports or presentations.
  • Some office based, combination of sitting and standing.
  • Must be able to work confidently in clinical practice.
  • Ability to concentrate effectively for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to concentrate effectively for extended periods of time.
  • Requirement to manage conflict, deal with difficult situations and manage people effectively

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital

Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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