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Chief Medical Officer

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Our new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will play a pivotal role in enabling the delivery of the highest standard of healthcare to patients. They will be working with firm foundations, embedded by our previous CMO, ensuring our staff are supported to deliver outstanding care for our communities.

As an Executive Director, the CMO has a critical role on the Board, providing expert advice and support, as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the Trust and for the quality of service and care provided to our patients. We're seeking someone who shares our passion to build and maintain the culture, capacity and capability required to meet the challenges we face in the years ahead and continue to deliver high-quality patient-centred care. The role offers the chance to not just shape this within the trust, but to work and engage across the wider local health and social care systems, and we are looking for someone who will want to be a role model for our values every single day.

Main duties of the job

The Chief Medical Officer is a full member of the Trust Board sharing corporate responsibility for the governance and performance of the Trust, its strategic direction and for meeting its objectives and targets. The post holder also has shared responsibility for developing an organisational climate which fosters genuine partnership with service users and carers, frontline staff and other statutory and non-statutory bodies in the development of socially inclusive, good quality mental health, social care and learning disabilities services.

The post holder will have specific responsibility for providing leadership to the medical staff, promoting excellent medical engagement, ensuring pharmaceutical advice and quality improvement to the Board and the Caldicott Guardian.

The post holder will foster a culture of continuous improvement to improve the delivery of high quality care.

Additionally, the CMO will undertake 1-2PA a week clinical work in services.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:

Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed

Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London

With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work

79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached information pack, which includes the job description and person specification, outlining the responsibilities of the role.

This is a substantive position, with a full time 37.5 hour per week working pattern. There will be a requirement to be based on site (Portland House) for part of the working week.

Please see attached job description for full details of roles and responsibilities.

Key assessment dates:
  • Stakeholder Groups (virtual) - 22nd August 2024
  • Panel Interviews (Portland House, Worthing) - 27th August 2024

To arrange an informal discussion, please contact Georgia Biddlecombe (Business Manager) at

Person Specification



  • Current Consultant Psychiatrist status, certificate of specialist training and on the GMC specialist register for psychiatry
  • Registered and licensed to practice medicine in the UK
  • Approved responsible clinician and for section 12MHA
  • Responsible officer trained
  • Caldicott Guardian trained



  • Recent experience of Clinical Director roles in more than one Mental Health Provider Trust clinically leading operations and transformation
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in a senior position within the public or private sector
  • Working with NIHR or NICE in the creation of evidence for practice
  • Track record of delivering large scale change and knowledge of quality improvement methodologies and evidence
  • Extensive clinical experience as a consultant psychiatrist managing clinical complexity and co-morbidity
  • Medical Appraiser

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Portland House

44 Richmond Roard


BN11 1HS

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