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UHN Chief Operating Officer

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience VSM
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join us at the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. If you are a dynamic, collaborative, innovative and experienced COO we hope this role will be of interest to you.

The UHN Group includes Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust with a combined turnover of circa �900M and 11,000 employees. Working together KGH and NGH serve the healthcare needs of a population of 2 million people. As a university teaching hospital, teaching and research are important, with a focus on developing strong wide ranging academic partnerships leading to improved patient outcomes and exciting opportunities for colleagues.

The UHN COO is a new role required now we have aligned to a single executive team at UHN. The role reports to the UHN Chief Executive Officer, is a voting Executive Director of both NGH and KGH Boards and is a pivotal role in the leadership of University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group (UHN).

Main duties of the job

The COO is responsible for daily and ongoing operational delivery according to the Trusts' operational plans and strategic intent. They will lead the delivery of high-quality clinical services and co-ordinate effective day to day performance management across all UHN Divisions.

Working as part of the Integrated Leadership Team (ILT), the COO will provide expert advice to colleagues on all operational issues, ensuring the achievement of NHS constitutional standards, whilst ensuring the safe provision of high-quality, patient focused services. Accountable for the delivery of key national standards, the COO will deliver high quality services, waiting time standards for A& E, elective services, outpatients and cancer services. Our new COO will play a pivotal role in the integration of NGH and KGH, for the benefits of patients, colleagues and the future sustainability of the two hospitals as well as working closely with colleagues at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) to deliver the benefits of working together at scale.

We are looking for a leader with impact, ambition and courage to lead our operational teams through the next challenging, but exciting stages of our integration.

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. Our Excellence Values: Compassion Respect Integrity Courageous Accountable

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a full list of roles and responsibilities please refer to the attached job description and person specifications.

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and supporting statement by 9am Tuesday 18th June.

Stakeholder panel is scheduled to take place on Monday 5th August 2024 with a face to face interview scheduled for Tuesday 6th August 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be able to attend both.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Degree level qualification in relevant subject area, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrable record of continuous professional development.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Successful track record at Director/ Senior Management level, including exposure at Board Level in a large complex organisation.
  • An understanding of key NHS Service Performance Standards.
  • Experience of developing and implementing transformation programmes with a track record of successful delivery against national and local targets.
  • Demonstrable experience of setting and delivering a long-term vision, whilst responding to short-term challenges and opportunities.
  • Experience of successfully delivering cost and productivity improvement programmes.
  • Experience of managing large complex budgets across multiple areas/ specialisms
  • Experience of supporting integration and collaboration across separate legal entities.
  • Sound knowledge of corporate governance and risk management.
  • Knowledge of national NHS policy and strategy.
  • Ability to assess, analyse, synthesise and act upon complex performance data and financial information.

Skills & Abilities


  • Well-developed communication and influencing skills, with the ability to motivate teams and gain consensus at all levels within and between organisations
  • Ability to lead and work in multi disciplinary team.
  • Strong personal impact. Highly developed interpersonal, networking, advocacy, written and presentation skills that are persuasive and influential and develop relationships that inspire respect, trust and confidence with a wide range of organisations and individuals, both internally and externally.
  • Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to think and act strategically/laterally, maintain a clear view of the issues affecting the Trusts.
  • The ability to translate strategic vision into operations, to communicate those objectives and ensure they are actioned.
  • Demonstrable success in building, leading, motivating and developing multi-disciplinary teams and promoting, leading and implementing strategies and change programmes to secure continuous service improvement, successful outcomes and significant operational and service changes.
  • Evidence of communicating successfully and working effectively in co-operation with a wide range of internal and external bodies, including statutory and non-statutory organisations, senior managers, colleagues and their representatives.
  • Able to deal positively and promptly with colleagues' concerns and personal problems, challenge colleagues on any inappropriate behaviours or poor performance and investigate and deal with complaints as required.

Personal qualities & Attributes


  • Works in a highly collaborative manner with colleagues across UHN, UHL and other partners. Role models collaborative behaviours.
  • Aligned to UHN's values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Integrity and Courage
  • Highly motivated, hard-working, selfconfident, robust and resilient individual with drive and determination to deliver.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities and re-focus the work of self and others on new priority areas that may require urgent action.
  • High level of personal resilience and ability to work in a high-pressure environment.
  • Commitment to personal development and development of colleagues
  • Can constructively challenge and effectively manage conflict to reach a positive conclusion.
  • Passionate commitment to embedding diversity, equality and inclusion internally and externally.
  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Ability to travel between the Kettering and Northampton hospital sites and other sites often with limited time between meetings

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital & Northampton General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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