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Chief Operating Officer

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Chief Operating Officer
World class care requires world class leadership.
We have an exceptional opportunity to join Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) as Chief Operating Officer, joining an exceptional executive team to lead our operational delivery at one of the most exciting, challenging, periods in our evolution.

GOSH is a global centre of excellence in child healthcare. An acute specialist paediatric hospital with a mission to provide world-class care to children and young people with rare, complex and difficult-to-treat conditions, the hospital has, since its formation in 1852, been dedicated to children's healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.

Our last five years have seen real progress towards important goals for children's health, as well as a tremendous increase in patients seeking treatment with us, in London, nationally, and internationally. We have recently implemented the EPIC Electronic Patient Record, opening up opportunities for both operational improvement and clinical research, innovation and discovery.

We have started work on our new Cancer Centre, which will support patient flow through the hospital, increasing our capacity and enabling our colleagues to deliver even more excellent patient care.

Main duties of the job

Building on these strong foundations, our new COO will be pivotal to our ability ensure every child we see gets the best treatment available. A voting board member, the COO will work in partnership with clinicians across the hospital to understand and refine our complex, inter-connected, pathways of care, and with executive colleagues to deliver transformation and deepen a culture of operational excellence and continuous improvement.

They will oversee the development and refinement of efficient and effective operational systems and ways of working across the Trust. We are looking for an experienced operations executive, with demonstrable experience of working closely with clinical leaders to develop and deliver systems and processes that promote excellent patient care and operational efficiency.

You will have developed a nuanced, flexible, leadership style, and the ability to lead through influence, building strong, impactful, relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

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 documents please view the attachment/s below.

The MBS Group are acting as GOSHs advisors on this appointment. To apply, please send a covering letter, CV, and completed Equality Monitoring Form with the subject line Application for the role of Chief Operating Officer noon on Friday 7th June.

For further information, please refer to the attached candidate pack.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


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Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital



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