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Divisional Clinical Director - Specialist Services

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year pa
Closing date
4 Aug 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
Sussex Partnership is seeking to appoint an ambitious, innovative Divisional Clinical Director to lead our Trust-wide Specialist Division including Forensic Services, Learning Disability & Autism Services, Early Intervention, Perinatal and Children & Young People's Mental Health.

The postholder will join three Adult Services Divisional Clinical Directors for Brighton & Hove, West and East Sussex.

A relocation package of �8000 is available, where appropriate.

Please note this post is advertised for medical colleagues too. Please see job ref - 354-CO-21272

Main duties of the job

The Divisional Clinical Director will report to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and is responsible for clinical effectiveness and outcomes of the care pathways in the divisions.

Working alongside a Divisional Director of Nursing and Quality and a Managing Director, the Divisional team operates with the support of a business unit, program office and digital hub.

The Divisional leadership teams are supported by a management development program with the Chief Medical, Chief Nursing and Chief Operating Officers.

The post will include 2 sessions of a clinical role (from available posts in the division) appropriate to the post holder we welcome and encourage interested applicants to contact us to explore what clinical opportunities are available.

In addition, all Clinical directors contribute to on call rotas (Consultant or Director on calls as appropriate).

Interested candidates are invited to speak with Dr Oliver Dale, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

About us

We're building an organisation that will impact future generations, where everyone is welcome. A place where you can be yourself and feel valued. Come build it with us.

You don't need to look any further if you're after outstanding countryside and beautiful beaches. We've got the sea, air and the sound of the surf. There's the hustle and bustle of Brighton and the scenic South Downs. Not only that, the Hampshire and Sussex coastline is the sunniest place to live in the UK (just ask the Met Office!).

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Clinical Director will have responsibility for ensuring the best quality care and outcomes are delivered by the services in their division for the local population served within the resources available and in partnership with others.

The Clinical Director will have clinical leadership of the division, ensuring the clinical care pathways are enabled to deliver the national and local strategies and for the achievement of high-quality performance and clinical outcomes.

You willplay a key part in the leadership of the Trust, and have responsibilities across the organisation as well as the specific division.

Main Responsibilities - Clinical Director role:
  • To appoint and manage the Associate Clinical Directors and Professional Leads within the Division and to develop clinical leadership across all the services. Oversee medical job planning and recruitment in partnership with the Division Lead Psychiatrist.
  • To provide the clinical leadership and support the development of long-term strategic plans for the division based upon interpretation of national mental health policy and strategy and considering the Trust aims and objectives and projected needs of the client group.
  • To provide clinical leadership and support to the Managing Director and Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for the Division in overseeing the financial position and ensuring that services are provided within the agreed financial envelope whilst maintaining appropriate clinical standards.
  • To provide clinical leadership and perspectives on service change programmes that delivers Cost Improvement Programme savings as well as improvements in quality and patient care.
  • To provide clinical leadership in building a culture of continuous improvement of services as demonstrated by Quality Improvement, clinical audit and other forms of benchmarking. Proactively ensuring that the learning from serious incidents, near misses and complaints is acted upon and communicated effectively throughout the trust, this includes facilitating sessions to promote learning.
  • To provide leadership in building and embedding a Just and Learning Cultures within the Division, this includes openness and responsibilities under Duty of Candour.
  • To provide clinical leadership in developing excellent relationships with GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Acute Hospitals and the Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships
  • To represent the Trust when appropriate in handling media, CCG or NCB enquiries, or in communicating complex or contentious information to staff around service developments, serious incidents or homicides.
  • To act as an ambassador for the Trust in key clinical commissioning forums, including the Sussex Clinical Senate and the ICB
  • To lead on the development of the research and audit strategies and implementation plans within services as agreed by the Service and Trust. This includes making the final decision on the appropriateness of any clinical research studies that are being proposed within the division.

Main Responsibilities - clinical role:

Please see the relevant job description for an overview of the post-holder's responsibilities in this area. The specific responsibilities will depend on the clinical work the post-holder undertakes as noted above, this will come from available opportunities in the relevant Division and we welcome interested applicants contacting us to explore what is available.

Interviews will be held in person on Thursday 22 August 2024 in SPFT Trust HQ, Portland House, Richmond Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1HS

Person Specification



  • MRCPsych or equivalent professional qualification at Consultant level



  • Experience of clinical or professional leadership role within services
  • Good understanding of change management
  • Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders in the redesign of services
  • Ability to engage with staff and motivate to improve performance

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Portland House Trust HQ - base is negotiable

Richmond Road


BN11 1HS

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