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Chief People Officer

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
Depending on experience
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) is seeking to appoint an outstanding leader to the role of Chief People Officer (CPO) to work with our Board and the Council of Governors as we continue our journey working with partners to transform health and social care for our local populations. Reporting directly to our Chief Executive, Joe Harrison, this is a fantastic chance for a deputy or experienced CPO to join an exceptional, well established and committed team.

The hospital has around 550 beds, including day acute and neonatal beds and employs around 4,300 staff, providing a full range of acute hospital services and an increasing number of specialist services to the growing population of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

MKUH seeks colleagues as diverse as the population we serve, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from everyone.

If you can see yourself reflected in our values and ambitions, we would love to hear from you.
Closing Date: 9am Monday 6th June 2024 Preliminary Interview with Gatenby Sanderson: Monday 10th/Tuesday 11th June 2024 Final panel date: Friday 24th June 2024
To apply, please click on the link below:

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a Chief People Officer who will be an inspirational and values driven leader with a track record of delivering high quality people services and creating empowering and innovative environments with compassionate leadership and clear accountability at all levels. Well-established in working at or near to Board level in person-centred organisations, you will have experience of leading workforce engagement, experience, and well-being.

Naturally curious and innovative, you will bring challenge and fresh thinking to our Board of Directors, enabling us to continuously improve at every level. In evidencing a strong alignment with our core values and behaviours, you will demonstrate how you reflect these alongside our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, with a passion for empowering staff to ensure all voices are heard.

Comfortable with political and structural complexity and in operating across organisational boundaries you will be an authentic and collaborative leader who will quickly develop trust with our high performing clinical and corporate teams, and with our wide range of stakeholders and partners. Most of all you will share our values and ambition to shape high quality health and care services for the future.

About us

Our Chief People Officer will provide leadership and professional expertise to all Workforce Directorate functions and services including:
  • Apprenticeships
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Business Partners
  • Freedom to Speak Up
  • HR Services (including Payroll)
  • HR Systems (including rostering)
  • Learning & Education
  • Library Services
  • Medical School
  • Medical Staffing
  • Occupational Health
  • Organisation Development and Culture
  • Practice Education
  • Recruitment
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Workforce Information
  • Workforce Management Team

Job description

Job responsibilities

These can be read in the Candidate Pack attached which, includes a detailed Job Description and Person/Candidate Specification and, is available from Gatenby Sanderson.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

Person Specification



  • The successful candidate will be a fully qualified member of a professional body, with a thorough understanding of the CPO requirements of an NHS Foundation Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Milton Keynes University Hospital

Milton Keynes University Hospital

Milton Keynes


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