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Deputy Head of Delivery

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a senior role within the CUH Delivery Team which supports the work of the Deputy Chief Executive of the Trust (DCEO). The DCEO is a newly-created role with an ambitious remit to address key strategic aims for the organisation. Chief among these are:

Improving patient care - focusing on quality of care, organisational productivity and better patient flow across all points of delivery

Supporting our staff - delivering on our promises for equality, diversity and inclusion

Strengthening the organisation - developing the culture of the Trust and reviewing our existing structures to deliver more effective care for our patients

Building for the future - positioning the Trust for future demands, evolutions in care and the future cancer and children's hospitals.

This is an ambitious 'to-do' list, charting a positive way forward for the Trust. As we move each of these major strategic programmes into their implementation phase there will be a requirement for significant resource to both develop strategies and hold ourselves to account for delivery.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Delivery Team as it sets out on this new phase of work. You will work alongside senior leaders in the organisation on programmes of work which will make a fundamental difference to how the Trust delivers its services now and in the future. It is a highly visible role which will work intensively with teams across the organisation to realise the aims of the Trust's strategy. The role would be particularly suitable for individuals with a background of working in a professional services firm and/or with experience of consultancy or internal audit.

The Deputy Head of Delivery will have a pivotal role in building and maintaining relationships across a wide range of stakeholders both within the Trust and with external partners up to CEO level. They may be asked to represent senior members in external meetings, including with the Trust's regulators.

You will therefore be adaptable to the changing pressures of the Trust and be comfortable to flex your approach across different audiences.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 13,000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 30th June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 8th July 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Masters or equivalent experience/qualification in business, operations management, planning, health management or related field
  • Project management qualification (e.g. Prince 2, Managing Successful Projects) or equivalent experience/qualification



  • Extensive NHS experience obtained at a senior level
  • Analysis of project proposals and business case development understanding of the necessary stages of implementation of innovative projects in a health and social care environment
  • Proven experience of working with external partners at all levels
  • Experience of coordinating multiple complex projects with co-dependencies where demonstrable benefits were delivered


  • Strong experience in a professional service firm and/or experience of delivering project-based work in the public or private sector (e.g. internal audit or consulting)



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of organisational management in an acute hospital setting
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge in performance management, programme management
  • Highly developed knowledge of quality improvement in a health care setting
  • Working knowledge of health and social care roles, responsibilities, priorities and policy direction.



  • Highly developed communication skills with the ability to communicate highly complex information to a range of stakeholders to enable sound decision-making and provide assurance to external stakeholders on performance
  • Able to influence across teams, departments and organisations
  • Able to prepare clear, concise, grammatical, correctly referenced and version controlled reports and documents
  • Verbally confident and able to articulate the rationale for their position and listen attentively and genuinely to others
  • Able to work and communicate with clinicians and senior managers
  • Makes use of numerical data naturally, often and with ease
  • Leadership attributes and competencies with a high degree of self-awareness
  • Highly developed analytical, negotiating and influencing skills
  • Able to model complex data in order to support the critical appraisal of business cases including use of tools such as intermediate Excel and the NHS Comparator tool
  • Able to work under pressure and within difficult/tight timescales
  • Able to work in a matrix structure. Strong team player often working with people that are not directly aligned.


  • Experience of preparing service specifications

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division Corporate

Hills Road



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