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Deputy Chief Executive - Bath NHS House, Bath


Main area
Mental Health Services
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Bath NHS House
01/11/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

This role represents a significant opportunity to boost the capacity of our Executive Team.  As Deputy Chief Executive, as an integral part of the Executive Team, reporting to the Chief Executive and working closely with the Board and Extended Executive Team, you will support us to achieve our aspiration of ‘Outstanding AWP’. 

Like most of the NHS, AWP is facing growing demand and acuity across its services, workforce challenges, continuing pressures on finances and a rapidly evolving stakeholder environment. Recognising the need to create additional capacity in our Executive Team to respond to these challenges, the Deputy Chief Executive will have a wide-ranging and flexible set of responsibilities, as agreed with the Chief Executive and Executive Team on a rolling six monthly basis.  This is in the context of our strategic vision of ‘Outstanding AWP’, which aims to deliver outstanding care, delivered by outstanding people, sustainable services, and delivered in partnership with patients, carers and system partners.

To apply on line  please go to gatenbysanderson.com

Preliminary Interviews – 8th November 2021

Stakeholder sessions and panel interviews – 17th November 2021

Main duties of the job

To succeed in this fascinating role you will be adaptable, flexible and able to grasp quickly the essence of a challenge, to generate appropriate solutions and build support for an agreed way forward.  This will require an effective, compassionate and inclusive leader who can motivate and empower people to embrace improvement. You will bring your excellent influencing skills, political acumen, drive for results and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders to the role. Ideally, your experience of leading at Executive level in the NHS will help you to strengthen our team, and you will bring your intellectual rigour, and ability to analyse complex issues to Executive Team discussions. You will need to be able to think and plan strategically and exercise sound judgment in the face of conflicting pressures, as well as ensure that the organisation mobilises to ensure delivery of agreed objectives.


Working for our organisation

We are AWP(Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWPare dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care. 

At AWP we warmly welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are particularly keen to receive applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, since we recognise that diversity makes us stronger. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Support the creation of a compelling vision for the organisation, working collaboratively with the CEO and Board to determine the AWP’s long term strategy and objectives with regard for all key stakeholders, and ensuring these are communicated effectively to all audiences.
  • Lead effective communication of the AWP’s strategic vision to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advise the CEO and Board on issues relating to the AWP strategies, policies and overall performance, ensuring timely review of present and future opportunities, threats and risks in the external environment. Understand, assess and manage strategic, reputational and operational risk.
  • Attract, develop and inspire a cadre of outstanding leaders and managers, both clinical and non-clinical, who will inspire staff to work together and to make an outstanding commitment to achieving excellent, safe, patient care.
  • Support the definition and delivery of the commercial direction for the organisation in relation to retention, divestment or growth of services, ensuring decisions are taken through the appropriate channels in the interests of stakeholder requirements, sustainability and the long-term vision, in order to ensure that AWP’s reputation is upheld and that the organisation retains a competitive edge.
  • Be an active member of ICS-wide evolution, leading when necessary, supporting when required, to ensure a system-wide approach to patient-centred health and social care and development and a clear focus on mental health.
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of productive working relationships between AWP and local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and General Practitioners, ensuring effective dialogue about care for service users and robust clinical systems.
  • Champion a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, challenging conventional approaches, driving changes as required.
  • Advocate and actively promote the principles and frameworks designed to involve service users, carers, staff and the public in the co-design and co-production of services and initiatives.
  • Support the development of effective working relationships with key agencies and individuals at a national level in order to influence policy and strategic direction across the health and social care system.
  • Represent the AWP in agreed meetings and other fora and act with delegated authority on behalf of the Chief Executive and other Directors as agreed.
  • Act as Project Lead, as required by the Chief Executive, for identified projects and key initiatives, ensuring the development and delivery of projects through effective formal project management processes.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to Masters Level or with an equivalent level of attainment gained through experience.
  • General management qualifications and/or evidence of regular participation in management development activities.
  • Evidence of up-to-date continuing personal and professional development.
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g. PHD, or other post-graduate qualifications.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

David Heaton
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Telephone number
0113 2056094
Additional information

For an informal discussion with our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson, please contact David Heaton (0113 205 6094 / david.heaton@gatenbysanderson.com) or Julia St Clare (0203 854 2203 / julia.stclare@gatenbysanderson.com).