Medical Director

Derby, Derbyshire
Competitive Salary
25 Jan 2019
25 Feb 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

DCHS Medical Director - £competitive salary

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) is one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, with nearly 1.5 million patient contacts each year. We are a high-performing organisation with a strong, values-based culture. We employ around 5000 staff, have an annual turnover of around £190m, and provide services across a widespread local patient population in both urban and rural parts of Derbyshire.

We care for patients from across 133 sites including 11 community hospitals, 30 health centres and a learning disability service in Derbyshire, as well as specialist dental services. Our sites include hospitals, health centres, clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, people’s own homes, as we develop further new models of care designed to help transform the way care is provided to people at home and in their local communities. 

In 2016, we received a ‘Good’ rating overall from the CQC’s inspection with ‘Outstanding’ for ‘caring’ and some of our services rated overall as ‘Outstanding’. Our staff survey consistently rates our Trust to be a good place to work, exemplified by us having one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the region.

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Medical Director to join our team and work with us to shape the future direction of clinically-focused community services across the Trust and our local system. You will lead the development of our clinical strategy, provide inspirational leadership and direction to our multi-professional clinical workforce and help to ensure that clinical issues drive both our strategic and operational plan and those of the local system.  With the Chief Nurse, you will develop and implement effective strategies and systems for robust quality, clinical governance and effectiveness across the organisation.

As part of a highly-effective unitary board, you will be integral in our continued development and success. You will support our staff and work closely with the Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer to ensure services are safe, high-quality and deliver the right outcomes for patients within the resources at our disposal. You will be responsible for continuously improving standards of professional practice and promoting the need for continuous improvement and excellence in the provision of clinical services throughout the Trust and wider system.

Critically, you will play a full Corporate Director role and will be visible and influential externally, contributing effectively to how the Trust operates as an integral part of the local health and care system. As such you will need to combine skilled and values-based leadership, demonstrate strong performance and have an ability to innovate and work across boundaries. We are looking for someone who is passionate, creative, inspirational and visionary.

The successful candidate will also be joining us at a pivotal time as we continue to develop and transform our services for our patients, underpinned by our clear values and our commitment and accountability to our local population and their needs, and well implementing the continued focus around the integration of community services and primary care in accordance with the NHS Long Term Plan. 

This role would suit someone who is already an established Medical Director keen to join a successful, innovative organisation, but equally we would welcome applications from Associate or Deputy Medical Directors, and Clinical Directors running sizeable divisions who can demonstrate experience in clinical management and leadership. We are particularly interested in applicants who have a clinical background in Geriatrics/ frailty and experience of developing integrated services across secondary and primary care. In all cases, you will have a genuine passion and interest for community health services, the ability to provide integrated clinical leadership over a dispersed region and will also share our aspiration to see services working seamlessly across the health and social care sector. 

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday 25th February 2019

For further information and for an informal discussion about the role, please contact Moira Johnston or Melanie West at the NHS Leadership Academy on 0113 322 5672.

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