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Head of Organisational Development

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
Depending on experience £70,417.00 - £81,138.00 Per Annum or Per Annum (PA) Pro Rata.
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Full Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for a detailed job description of the role.

Open only to applicants from Hampshire & Isle of Wight NHS system, which is limited to Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB, Southern Health FT, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, University Hospital Southampton FT, Solent NHS Trust, South Central Ambulance Service or Hampshire Hospitals FT.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to join us on secondment as our Head of Organisational Development (OD). You will play a key role in continuing the great work to deliver elements of our People Strategy, which aims to make our Trust a great place to thrive, excel and belong.

We are looking for an experienced OD professional who can continue to lead and embed our Leadership Framework and programmes, our team development approaches, enhance and extend our support to staff engagement, provide operational leadership of our Inclusion and Belonging Strategy, and day to day leadership of an amazing group of people in our OD team.

With a flair for creativity and innovation, you will be confident in communicating, partnering and engaging staff at all levels of the organisation.

We are committed to creating an organisation where everyone can feel that they belong and can bring their best selves to work. This is a great opportunity to provide OD leadership and support the strategic direction of the UHS leadership team, operational managers and front-line teams.We are a dynamic and fast-paced environment, which is always evolving and always improving and encourages innovation. We are committed to your career development and offer a supportive, flexible and collaborative working environment.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.

Specific to this role is the suitability for agile working which is a mixture of on-site and remote working. In addition, we are open to discussing flexibility in the hours that you work. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do

You will lead and deliver a range of leadership development programmes and support for UHS, ensuring that this provision directly meets the needs of the business.

Work as an OD specialist across the organisation - and beyond- to lead and develop the effective delivery of leadership, management & personal development opportunities for all staff.

Lead the implementation of systematic processes to identify, develop and retain talent within the organisation.
What were looking for
Extensive knowledge of OD acquired by formal qualifications or equivalent experience or training - gained at a senior level across large-scale organisations.

An understanding of current thinking on leadership and organisation development, combined with direct experience in the development, design and delivery of organisational-wide cultural transformation programmes.

Experience in influencing and advising leaders at different levels, together with managing teams and working with external providers.

Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet our Trust Values of Patients First, Always Improving, Working Together
Additional information
Interviews will be held on 1st August 2024

Please contact Jane McCartney in the Senior Appointments Team for more details and an informal conversation.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Masters or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of recent CPD relevant to leadership, learning and OD development programmes


  • CIPD at Chartered Fellow or Member
  • Accreditation in use of psychometric tools, or BPS Level A or B training.

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Experience of influencing leaders at levels of an organisation and dealing with complex problems.
  • Significant experience in design and delivery of programmes
  • Experience of procuring and managing external providers
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Extensive experience in managing a diverse set of programmes/interventions and projects
  • Experience in budget management
  • Understanding and application of current and leading thinking and practice on leadership and organisational development
  • An understanding of the theory of adult learning with vast experience in experiential learning
  • Current understanding and appreciation of organisation development practices and interventions
  • Experience of successful strategic leadership of OD including leadership, and talent across a large-scale organisation

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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