Medical Director - Primary Care

NHS England
London (Greater)
£131,301 per annum
21 Jun 2019
08 Jul 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

The seven integrated regions of our joint enterprise will work with local systems to support and improve how care is provided to patients and communities. These regions will be supported by the corporate centre providing expertise and developing policy. The focus will be on guiding and managing the delivery of services through local integrated health systems, sustainability and transformation partnerships, and devolution areas.

The Medical Director for Primary Care will be a key role within the National Medical Director’s team.

The Medical Director for Primary Care will provide clinical and professional leadership for all primary care medical professionals, taking leadership responsibility for improving all aspects of clinical care and outcomes, particularly focusing upon primary care.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership for work on primary care, and support the Senior Responsible Officer in delivery of the General Practice Forward View and Long-Term NHS Plan priorities in respect of improving health outcomes and primary care services. In addition, they will work with the other directorates of NHS England and NHS Improvement including the regions, with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Integrated Care Systems and other agencies in the

health and social care system and with professional bodies and stakeholders.

The post-holder will also deputise for the National Medical Director where appropriate, including covering periods of absence and have key accountabilities for professional medical leadership and Primary Care.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate educated to masters level or equivalent, who is a fully registered Doctor, ideally a General Practitioner, with appropriate revalidation evidence in place, and/or an experienced clinician with credibility and the ability to command the respect of all clinical and non-clinical professionals

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience of working in or with the Department of Health & Social Care, arm’s length bodies and other health organisations with a good understanding of health system dynamics and the reform programme.

Significant experience in clinical leadership at a national or subnational level with a track record of delivering major change programme to transform clinical services and evidence of senior leadership experience in the NHS or Department of Health & Social Care, operating at or close to Board level is also essential.

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you have a query relating to the role or would like an informal discussion, please contact Cathy Hassell (

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