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We’re all about Great Healthcare from Great People.

Our values drives everything we do; People feel cared for as individuals, People feel safe, reassured and involved, People feel teamwork, trust and respect sit at the heart of everything we do, People feel confident we are making a difference.

We are clinically led with quality and safety at our heart. Our ‘We Care’ philosophy guides us. ‘We Care’ is how we’re working to give great care to every patient, every day. It’s about being clear about what we want to focus on and why, and supporting staff to make real improvements, by training, coaching and everyone using one, standard method to make positive changes. It’s the cornerstone of our transformation programme – it’s how we’re going to achieve our vision of great healthcare from great people for every patient, every time.

As one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics, we serve a local population of around 695,000 people and provide specialist services for a far wider population. Our reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in urology, kidney disease, and vascular services, as well as for our research and innovation is both national and international.

Development of new facilities including the hyper acute stroke unit at William Harvey, and a successful bid to add capacity to our emergency department will further our ability to respond to the needs of our growing local population, whilst ensuring we are well placed to contribute across the wider transformation of health and social care provision at a system level. Our pioneering Coastal and Remote strategy developed with the Nuffield Trust will help us to ensure we're providing the best services to some of our hard to reach communities.

Certainly we have made huge progress, however there is also much to do in working through challenges from the pandemic including restoration of services, issues around access and the backlog of people waiting. As a Trust we do not underestimate the challenges we face, but we do so with ambition and a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve and the experiences of staff and patients alike.

As part of this we are seeking to appoint a Chief Operating Officer who will inspire and lead our operational teams to deliver safe, effective and high quality services to those who access them.  They will work with our Board, staff and stakeholders to shape and drive our improvement and transformation programmes alongside strengthening internal governance arrangements.

We are seeking an exceptional individual with a depth of leadership experience and a track record of working through others and across organisational boundaries to achieve results at pace. With experience of leading service transformation within comparably complex acute environments, you will bring strategic perspective and sound judgement, complemented by resilience, tenacity and a collegiate approach to driving change. Our future must be shaped around our people and supported by inclusive leadership and robust governance. It is imperative that we seek out those leaders who embody our values and commit wholeheartedly to supporting our staff to achieve our priorities.

Kent has more sunny days than anywhere else in Britain, with some of the most beautiful rural and coastal countryside along with vibrant cities like including historic Canterbury, only just over an hour into central London and easy access to Europe. Our people work hard but we recognise the importance of life outside work, we offer vibrant careers and encourage a healthy work life balance

For an informal and confidential discussion, contact Melanie Shearer or Julia St Clare on 07807 631 564 at GatenbySanderson.

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