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Corporate Elective Pathways Lead

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest trusts in the UK, providing services to over 2.5 million residents and providing specialist services for a further 3-4 million people across the region.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Chief Operating Officer's team at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The post-holder will be responsible for leading the Corporate Elective Pathway Team and will support our Clinical Divisions to deliver on a challenging yet exciting Elective recovery agenda. This is a real chance for a talented and ambitious leader to influence patient experience and outcomes at a Trust level in an organisation with an excellent track record in delivery of Elective access.

As an experienced leader, you will bring a well-developed track record of operational delivery in a complex acute setting alongside expertise in performance improvement and clinical transformation. Knowledge of Elective pathways is an advantage however the ability to influence across a large organisation, build effective relationships and drive change is more important in this key leadership role. You will also work closely with partners across the ICS and will be supported by an established team with great working relationships across the Trust.

For an informal chat: Contact Ola Bamidele or Karen-Anne Holliday (0115 9691169 x80241) to arrange a call with the Deputy Chief Operating Officer (Elective)

Main duties of the job

Supporting the Chief Operating Officer's Team and the Divisional Leadership Teams, the post holder will have operational responsibility for the Elective Pathway Team and will work with Divisions to ensure that all Elective performance targets including waiting lists, finance, workforce and service improvement targets are achieved. The post-holder will actively contribute to service integration and to the development of services, both corporately and across the Divisions and, where appropriate, the wider Nottinghamshire health and social care system.

As Corporate Elective Pathway Lead, the post-holder will work as part of a dynamic team responsible for the development and delivery of Elective access target plans, in conjunction with overseeing the implementation of the Trust's Elective recovery and restoration plan, leading key operational and strategic improvements. This is a significant and varied role requiring an inspirational leader who can work closely with clinical and corporate colleagues, both within the Hospital and across the wider local health and care system.

About us

With over 20,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Have you got the energy and passion to help us shape the future of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust?

If this sounds like you, we need you !

You will be joining a small, friendly Corporate Operations team with a strong work ethic. Every day will be different with a diverse range of projects ongoing at any one time. The team works flexibly in order to meet the needs of the business and to also provide a greater work-life balance.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide visible inspirational leadership so that all staff in the Elective Pathway Team and those managing Elective pathways across the Divisions are engaged and motivated to support safe and effective patient care

To foster a culture that promotes openness and where people have the confidence to speak up ensuring that communication mechanisms are operating effectively in the Elective Pathway Team and across the Divisions

To foster a climate of innovation and improvement for all services in the Elective Pathway Team and across the Divisions, including encouraging staff to identify further opportunities for improvement

To support the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the delivery of the strategic plans for the Elective Pathway ensuring they are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust and ensure that the plans fully reflect the service needs of the Trust

To line-manage the Elective Pathway Team, as appropriate

To deputise for the Deputy Chief Operating Officer on matters relating to Elective performance and more broadly, as required

Operational Performance:

To work collaboratively with all Divisions to support improvements in Elective pathways and performance

To work with clinicians to ensure that professional staff have an opportunity to influence the management, planning of and development of Elective pathways

To be responsible for daily operational management of the Elective Pathway Team including performance, quality, finance and workforce KPIs

In conjunction with the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, to take responsibility for key elements of modernisation/transformational/productivity projects, including service re-design and any associated workforce change requirements

To support the Deputy Chief Operating Officer with the development and maintenance of robust performance management systems to support each specialty to deliver their operational performance standards

To hold specialties to account for the delivery of Elective performance targets

To oversee the production of regular performance monitoring data and papers for the Divisions, trust committees and external stakeholders and to take early action to ensure that action plans are in place to address any shortfalls

To support Divisions to formulate business cases for service and capital development, and to lead the deployment of external funding to improve Elective pathways

To lead achievement of all Elective operational targets, focusing on improving patient care and developing new ways of working

To develop action plans to improve performance and to sustain performance across all key Elective access targets

To oversee the budgetary management, financial turnaround and FEP plans across the Elective Pathway Team


To ensure all non-clinical staff undertake the prescribed Trust induction programme and undergo appropriate refresher training

To ensure line managers adhere to HR policies and performance indicators

To undertake regular reviews of staffing levels in the Site Team to ensure that the right number of staff with the right skills is in place to deliver current and predicted future activity

To write business cases or workforce change papers to implement any shifts in staff demand

To complete the Elective Pathway Teams non-clinical workforce planning and training needs documentation


To ensure compliance with Trust HR policies and processes, including recruitment, performance management and training for their team

To support the investigation of complaints and incidents within the Elective Pathway Team and to chair hearings, as appropriate

To lead Trust-wide initiatives and projects, as required

To participate in the Silver on-Call rota

Please refer to the attached comprehensive job description

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Educated to first degree level
  • Further training to Masters level of equivalent experience
  • Previous successful management experience at a senior level within the NHS



  • Highly-developed leadership and organisational skills
  • Highly-developed specialist knowledge of NHS policy, health sector practices and functions of NHS provider organisations and current targets in place
  • Clear understanding of NHS agenda
  • High-level of understanding of NHS contracting and funding flows
  • Proven track record of senior operational management in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Extensive experience of influencing decision-making within a large and complex organisation

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • Demonstrates ability to communicate highly complex, sensitive and confidential information appropriately
  • Ability to communicate with both internal staff and external agencies to ensure compliance with performance targets
  • Highly-developed leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to inspire confidence and respect in others

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Demonstrates ability to analyse complex facts or situations in relation to performance targets, strategy and finance
  • Proven track record of managing operating budgets and delivering financial balance
  • Experience of implementing and evaluating a range or projects/initiatives that represent solutions to changing workforce/service environments

Planning and Organisational Skills


  • Experience of formulating long term strategic plans and impact on the organisation - translating business strategy into operational delivery
  • Proven track record of developing successful business plans and strategy for planning activity
  • Experience of managing complex organisational change including working with clinical and non-clinical staff to change team structures and ways of working
  • Confident in presenting complex information to wide and varied audience, both internal and external to the organisation

Physical Skills


  • Light physical effort for short periods
  • Intense concentration to focus on analysis of performance data

Other requirements specific to the role (ie the ability to drive or work shifts)


  • Cross-site working, where appropriate
  • Contribute to Silver on-Call rota
  • Demonstrates ability to work under pressure, managing complex and competing demands
  • Displays innovative and lateral thinking
  • Demonstrates high level of enthusiasm and behaviours consistent with the NUH values and behaviours

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's We are here for you behavioural standards

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Trust HQ, Nottingham City Hospital

Hucknall Road



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