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Executive Director - AHPs, Psychological Professions and Social Work

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
4 Jul 2024
The Executive Director of AHPs, Psychological Professions and Social Work is a new role on our Board.

There is huge potential in this role to further develop high-quality, innovative practice and services across the trust and support us to recognise the positive, wide-ranging and added value that AHPs, therapists, peer support and social workers can bring to services and how to use this to best effect.

Main duties of the job

You will take the lead role in shaping progressive strategies for the development of professional practice throughout the trust and, together with our Executive Medical Director and Chief Nurse, provide strategic leadership in relation to clinical governance and Quality Improvement. You will also support the Chief Nurse in ensuring that a culture of service co-design and patient involvement is embedded across the trust.

We deliver our services with pride in an area with significant social and economic deprivation, and we work hard to address those factors that have historically adversely impacted those we serve. To achieve this goal, our Executive Director of AHPs, Psychological Professions and Social Work will need to continuously strive to improve the wellbeing of our staff, and create an organisation where people want to work, feel valued, included and empowered.

We are seeking a qualified Allied Health Professional, psychological therapist or social worker with senior experience at or close to Board level. You will have experience of leading multi-professional groups and realising the transformative potential of colleagues across professions. You will have a strong track record of developing new roles and new ways of working in a large, complex organisation. Importantly, too, you will live our values and be a champion for a compassionate, fair and just culture underpinned by diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

All applications should be sent to: All applications will be acknowledged.

Applications should include
  • A covering letter of no more than two pages explaining why the appointment interests you, how you meet the appointment criteria and what you specifically would bring to the post.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with education and professional qualifications and full employment history. Please include daytime and evening telephone contact numbers and email addresses. The CV should include names and contact details of three referees. References will not be taken without your permission.
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form and Fit and Proper Person Monitoring Form (available from the Candidate Pack attached). Please note that the information you provide will be treated as confidential and is the monitoring purposes only. It will not form part of the application process.
  • Please do not complete an application form linked to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master's level in relevant public sector leadership domain, or substantial relevant work experience
  • First degree in relevant sector leadership or clinical profession, or substantial work-related experience
  • Professional qualification as an Allied Health Professional or Psychological Therapies professional or Social Worker



  • Experience of working at Board or senior level within a healthcare delivery setting
  • Experience of leadership of professional groups and experience of leading multi-professional groups
  • Experience and understanding of professional regulation and standards



  • Expert knowledge of the regulatory environment in the NHS and in the interpretation of legislative, regulatory and policy requirements
  • Clear understanding of the statutory and legal framework within which community health and mental health care operates

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


CEME Centre


RM13 8GQ

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