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Associate Director of Operations

NHS AfC: Band 8d (subject to AFC)

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NHS AfC: Band 8d (subject to AFC)
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southport Hospital
£75,914 - £87,754 per annum
Salary period
25/01/2021 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.


Job overview

A fantastic opportunity has arisen, following the promotion of a previous post holder, to recruit an Associate Director of Operations.

Are you looking for the next challenge?  Do you want an opportunity to play a major role in the continued development of service delivery, taking the opportunities provided by Covid-19 and turning them into positive change for our services users and teams.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and dynamic senior operational manager that is innovative and passionate about providing high quality and high performing services to our patients.  An inspirational leader who is committed to delivery through a strong ethos of service improvement.  The post holder will be required to demonstrate credible experience at senior level in an acute setting, with a positive track record of delivery.

Main duties of the job

The role will require strong communication and negotiation skills to influence senior clinicians and other key stakeholders internally within the organisation and externally with our partners. You will work as part of a triumvirate alongside the Associate Medical Director and Head of Nursing, this post will work as part of a Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer (Chrisella Morgan).

Advertised Date - 11 January 2021

Closing Date - 25 January 2021

Shortlisting Date – 26/27 January 2021

Interview Date - early February 2021

This post will be subject to a Standard DBS Check

Working for our organisation

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital. This includes adults’ and children’s accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Women’s and children’s services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

If this sounds like the role for you and you have a proven track record of delivering within agreed objectives, targets, quality standards, resource controls and constraints and possess the desire to lead the team in delivering national performance standards and high quality of care then we want to hear from you.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Management qualification, MBA or equivalent.

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant years recent general management experience in the NHS
  • responsibility for operational matters including, staff management, budgetary responsibility, performance targets, waiting list management, discharge arrangements
  • Proven experience of service development and delivery within an acute setting
  • Knowledge of the NHS labour market, including agency and locum arrangements
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of managing Specialist services and delivery of performance targets within an acute setting

Skills & Ability

Essential criteria
  • Ability to take responsibility for the full range of management responsibilities for a number of services / departments within a Clinical Business Unit
  • Evidence of change management skills
  • Direct line management responsibilities
  • Ability to manage the delivery of key performance targets within strict financial controls
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Chrisella Morgan
Job title
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Email address
Telephone number
01704 704038
Additional information

Please contact Chrisella Morgan to arrange an informal discussion