Chief Operating Officer(COO)

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We are looking for a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join our ambitious team and ensure the delivery of safe, high quality and effective services. Our mission is to bring our people, communities and partners together- providing patient care we can all be proud of, and your energy and leadership will be critical to our success. We have a strong reputation locally and regionally for building effective partnerships and we are seeking a Chief Operating Officer who will play a proactive role in developing our successful networks within our ICS in Joined Up Care Derbyshire and with other important partners in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS. You will have experience in working collaboratively with partners to develop integrated solutions and will bring this to ensure the changing needs of our patient population a met.

Our new Chief Operating Officer will role model our Proud to CARE values and will have a significant role to play in continuing to embed our “Leading the Chesterfield Way” ethos. We are looking for an inclusive leader who will engage colleagues in the delivery of our vision and empower them to take part in the leadership and wider development of our Trust. You will bring a strong track record of leadership at or near Board level.

Main duties of the job

The COO will have day to day executive leadership responsibility in the Trust for ensuring the successful system wide operational delivery & performance of all clinical and support services, and through such delivery, for supporting health improvement at an individual and population level.

You will play an active role within the Board of Directors and contribute to the overall development and implementation of the Trusts long term vision, strategic direction and governance arrangements

You will work as part of a cohesive team and when necessary to take a lead for corporate issues outside the immediate sphere of responsibility in order to achieve the corporate objectives of the Trust

The COO is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Integrated Care Board (ICB) responsible for the development and delivery of all plans for Urgent & Emergency Care and Critical Care Services across the system.

You will be the Accountable Emergency Officer for the Trust and will also participate in the strategic on call rota.

With a collaborative style, you will have the ability to quickly engage credibly with a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally and successfully balance the roles’ professional and corporate portfolio. This is an excellent opportunity to play an active part in contributing to the continual improvement in the delivery of outstanding care.

Working for our organisation

With over 4,500 colleagues, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of acute and community services to 400,000 people of North Derbyshire. Our vision is exceptional care provided by exceptional people; we are a values-led organisation and have embedded our Proud to Care Values at the heart of everything we do, ensuring we provide patients with the best possible care and making our Trust a great place for our people to work. With an ambition to provide consistently exceptional care for our patients and to achieve an “Outstanding” rating with the CQC, we developed the Royal Academy of Improvement, where anyone can find the help and support they need to drive improvements.

We recognise that new colleagues will being a range of new experiences and ideas and actively encourage applicants from under-represented groups within our workforce and wider community. Above all else, we are looking for a visible leader who shares our values and ambition, and who wants to Lead the Chesterfield Way.

If you feel this could be you, we would love to hear from you.

In return, we will offer support and opportunities for development from peer and professional networks. We know people have a life and responsibilities outside of work and offer flexibility and a wide range of support to care for your physical and mental health and well-being.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The attached job description and person specification gives a detailed description of the responsibilities and expectations of the role. The attached information pack gives additional information about the role and our hospital.

Person specification

Qualification and Training

  • Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Professional qualification at degree level or equivalent
  • CPD evidence of management/leadership training


  • Extensive experience at a senior level in an acute NHS environment
  • Demonstrable track record of major achievement through an innovative approach and strong, sensitive leadership
  • Experience of leading complex change within and across organisations
  • Significant experience of financial management and demonstrable evidence of rigorous financial management/control
  • Experience of joint working with other statutory, voluntary or private sector organisations
  • Experience of establishing and applying performance management systems Experience of successful negotiation regarding clinical services and individuals
  • Experience of leading and achieving success in continuous improvement

Flexible Working

If you’re looking for flexible or predictable working arrangements, please speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate this. If it works for our service and patients, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to ensuring the safety of all our staff and patients therefore encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated against COVID19 as this remains the best line of defence against the virus.

 UK Points-based immigration system

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from 1 January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here Work in the UK – GOV.UK ( .

It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants – GOV.UK (

Suppose you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care. In that case, you may be eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead, which is cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge.


Communications throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and NHS Jobs account regularly. References are also requested by email (where possible). Therefore to speed up the recruitment process please provide an email address for all referees when completing your application form.

If you require any support in completing the application form, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Support Services team on 01246 513177 and we will be happy to provide assistance.

Please see the attached documents and links in relation to working for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In particular, the general conditions of employment and benefits of working for the trust.

This role is part of the integrated health and social care community across Derbyshire, where there are many opportunities to work across different locations and providers developing new and different skills. Whilst this role is initially based in Chesterfield there may be future opportunities to be based at different locations within the health and social care community which we may talk to you about in the future.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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.

Name Dr Hal Spencer Job title Chief Executive Email address Telephone number 01246 513161 Additional information

Informal discussions can be arranged at the application stage, however, all shortlisted candidates will be encouraged to arrange a visit prior to interview. 

Job Category: Medicine
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Chesterfield

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