Executive Recruitment

Director of Strategic Workforce and Organisational Development

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Sussex Health and Care Partnership
Closing date:
7th September
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Monday 7th September 2020
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 14th September 2020
Final Panel Interviews
w/c 28th September 2020


The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is made up of 16 partners all working together to meet the changing needs of all the people who live in our area. We want to offer better health, better care and to ensure we make the most efficient use of our resources.  Our partners include local authorities, health and care providers and clinical commissioning groups. It is the first time we have all worked together in this way and gives us an opportunity to bring about significant improvements in health and care over the next five years and navigate together the challenges posed by a growing and ageing population, health and wellbeing disparities and limited resources.  Put simply, there is an imperative for change - the services we have now were not all designed to meet the needs of today or the future and it is becoming harder to keep up with rising costs.  The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is a way of ensuring that those involved in the planning and provision of health and care services across the region are working in a truly are joined up way to address these challenges.  Together we are ambitious for what can be achieved for the people of Sussex. 

Our partnership is an evolving and transforming one.  In May of this year NHS England and Improvement announced that the partnership has successfully met the criteria to become an Integrated Care System (ICS) – an achievement which reflects the  hard work and significant progress that has been made across our system over the last few years.  We are now seeking to develop further our governance and leadership structures to ensure we respond to the expectations set out in the Long-Term Plan and deliver the transformational changes needed for our region.

We are now seeking a Director of Strategic Workforce and Organisational Development who will report to the ICS SRO and be a member of the ICS Executive.  With responsibility for leading and coordinating the delivery of the workforce development and transformation priorities of the ICS, including system-wide plans for implementation of the NHS People Plan, the appointed individual will lead and enable others in collaborative dialogue to contribute to the delivery of a single workforce framework, plan and delivery model relevant to the system. 

This is an exciting opportunity which will offer reward and challenge in equal measure.  We are seeking an individual with a track record of operating at board level and within politically sensitive, multifaceted environments to deliver complex, sustainable change.  A skilled communicator able to work effectively with and through others as an enabler rather than an enforcer, this is a role for someone who can navigate effectively across local, regional and national structures and balance the priorities of each in a way which brings the greatest benefit to those accessing health and social care services. 

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To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Melanie Shearer
07785 616 548
Julia St Clare
0203 854 2203
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