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Interim Divisional Manager

Barts Health NHS Trust
£107,637 to £122,695 per annum inc.
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Full Time
Interim Divisional Manager - Band 9

We are looking for a motivated and experienced leader who can bring energy and focus to the Bart's Heart Centre. The post will be for 12 months for a fixed term maternity leave cover, starting from mid November 2024.

The successful candidate will form part of the senior leadership team, alongside the Divisional Director and Associate Directors' of Nursing, responsible for ensuring the safe, high quality and efficient delivery of services across:

Electrophysiology and Intervention

Specialised Cardiology

Respiratory Medicine (inc RLH and MEH)

Networked Cardiology (inc RLH, WXH and NU)

Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery

Peri-operative Medicine


Cath Labs

North of London Cardiology Operational Delivery Network

The DM will provide strategic leadership for services (as identified) in the Heart Centre, ensuring that there are appropriate systems and processes within the Centre to enable staff to deliver good quality clinical care and drive forward the service improvement agenda to achieve efficiency gains and improve the operational effectiveness of the Centre.

Main duties of the job

Specifically the Divisional Manager for the Bart's Heart Centre will:
  • Take day to day responsibility and accountability for the operational running of the Heart Centre, including NHS Recovery, key operational targets, Governance, People and Finance, etc.
  • Achieve both NHS and any identified Private Targets.
  • With the Director of the Heart Centre and Associate Directors' of Nursing lead and performance manage the Directorate Teams.
  • Lead the Centre to ensure national and local targets are achieved and that they meet the needs of the local community and the wider NHS and fulfill commissioner agreements.
  • Develop and implement plans to deliver the relevant Trust objectives as required.
  • Monitor and manage performance to ensure that patient-centred services are of consistently high standard.
  • Provide leadership and management to both direct and indirect reports.
  • Establish strong links with the wider health and social care community by securing their involvement in the effective delivery of services e.g ICS, Cardiology Operational Delivery Network.

For further information please contact:
Karen Bates, Director of Operations
Simon Woldman, Divisional Director

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

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 below.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent level
  • Further evidence of management/leadership training and continuous professional development


  • Relevant postgraduate qualification in management discipline



  • Extensive experience at a senior level in an acute Trust/Hospital environment, including a sound understanding of the performance and governance requirements of the NHS for acute Trusts (At least 4 years in a GM role in a hospital setting).
  • Significant experience of financial management (millions rather than thousands) and rigorous financial management and control to meet agreed targets
  • Experience of establishing and applying performance management systems in areas like contract monitoring, staff management and departmental performance indicators
  • Experience of service improvement
  • Strong performance management experience


  • Experience and training in handling media
  • Experience of leadership in regional or national forums for service delivery or development
  • Contribution to a local or national policy with responsibility for audit and assurance that the standards are being met



  • Track record of achievement as a leader which demonstrates significant successes through innovation and a strong but sensitive style, which contributes directly to the patient experience and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate well developed negotiation skills coupled with the ability to tackle poor performance effectively
  • Experience of instigating and leading complex change to achieve continuous improvement
  • Evidenced experience of building and sustaining effective and productive working relationships with a range of people at local and regional level including statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations
  • Evidence of a collaborative management style coupled with improving quality of service provision at a strategic level
  • Keeps abreast with national developments in health and social care through active involvement in local and national networks



  • High degree of political sensitivity and experience of dealing with a range of issues in a complex stakeholder environment
  • Sound analytical, negotiation and numerical skills
  • Ability to develop and influence a high performing, collaborative team, whilst allowing flexibility for members to develop against their own personal targets
  • Ability to establish rapport/credibility with Trust staff including clinicians, managers, staff, staff representatives and professionals from outside the Trust
  • Establish strong, supportive working relationships with the senior team and nonexecutive directors
  • Strong commercial and business acumen and judgment, understanding the need for efficient services and the impact of operational efficiencies on financial performance, the patient experience and staff motivation and morale
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with the chair and non-executive directors and provide support to the senior team individually when they are tackling challenging issues
  • Ability to assess situations and take calculated risks based on learning and experience, to achieve longer-term service improvements
  • Fully understands and is able to deliver all key constitutional targets, ensuring patient equity of service.



  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomew's Hospital



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