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Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Job Description

We are working with a Mental Health NHS Trust in the South of the UK who are looking to appoint an Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer. This role will be for 3 months in the first instance and has an expectation it could extend.

The Trust is looking for a strong and credible track record across Operational Health Management at Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Operating Officer levels. Mental Health expertise is preferred but not essential, the client are open to looking at candidates from Acute and/or Community NHS backgrounds.

This is an interim role that falls under the Workforce Alliance Framework and should be expected to be remunerated at a VSM day rate.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Design and develop recovery plans and trajectories where performance is off track;

  • Represent the organisation at wider Health and Care system meetings;

  • Ensure clear lines of accountability, authority, and responsibility across the Operational services;

  • Work collaboratively with Directors and Heads of Operation/Service to design, improve and deliver services for our community; ensuring the patient sits at the heart of all conversations;

  • Hold operational managers and lead clinicians to account for delivery of their objectives;

  • Effectively chair of a range of meetings including operational and performance meetings ensuring transparent decision making and full engagement/communication with staff;

  • Lead the planning, delivery, and assurance of multiple large scale operational programmes of change using programme methodology, raising risks and issues to the Board by exception;

  • Have a clear understanding of national strategic direction on system partnership, integration, and other relevant clinical standards.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree level qualification (relevant to the delivery of Health and Social Care services), successfully improving quality for service users and carers;

  • Experience of service planning resulting in change management programmes across an organisation;

  • Credible experience of successful inter-agency partnership working and collaboration;

  • Demonstrable track record of using evidence-based knowledge to positively influence service delivery.

  • Successfully managed multi-disciplinary teams/services including managers and clinicians;

  • Effectively led complex services / large-scale change / transformation programmes.

If you are interested in the role, please send a copy of your updated CV to along with your availability and rate understanding in line with the above.