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Deputy Chief Operating Officer

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
Brighton, Chichester, Haywards Heath and Worthing
Depending on experience
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior operational leader with a track record of managing acute hospital operations to join us as Deputy COO.

Working closely with the Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer you will be responsible for operational performance and directly line manage four Hospital Directors.

To succeed in this role you will need to demonstrate a sound understanding of finance, performance and quality, be comfortable taking accountability for performance standards and be experienced working in a matrix structure. Having already had significant NHS exposure, you will have the credibility to act as COO when required and play a high profile role in one of England's largest Trusts.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a broad portfolio including strategic operational and seasonal bed planning, managing relationships with system partners and NHSE and chairing the Trust's operational management group. The role offers a unique opportunity to work at scale and would be ideal for an aspiring COO wanting to take the next step in their career.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please see attached job description for full details of the main responsibilities of of this role**

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • Proven experience in senior NHS operational leadership within an acute healthcare setting.
  • Previous experience gained as Divisional Director of Operations or similar
  • Experience working at sub-board/board level
  • Demonstrable track record of effective management and strategic planning.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to manage, motivate, and influence others.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of working effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent professional experience.


  • Relevant higher education qualifications in healthcare management or related fields are desirable

Personal Attributes


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.


  • Visible and engaging leadership style aligned to the Trust's values.
  • Resilient, with the ability to handle pressure and critical decision-making

Equality, Diveristy and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


All UHSx Sites

Brighton, Chichester, Haywards Heath and Worthing


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