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Director of People

Posted: 28 Sep 2020 Closes: 28 Oct 2020
Worcester, United Kingdom VSM - Competitive
Permanent & Full-time NHS_BYKRgw1tpDUR

Director of People

Job Reference: 798-0510

Employer: Department: Corporate Location: Worcester Salary: VSM - Competitive

Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are 'at risk' and employed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Working together for outstanding care - our vision'
Together We Can

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is a leading provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health services to people of all ages throughout our county.

Rated Good by the CQC, with a clearly defined strategy and proven financial track record, we believe that key to maintaining our high standards and meeting the challenges we face is to retain and recruit committed, skilled and motivated staff.

So Together We Can empower you to make changes which will make every day better; we can support you through our health and wellbeing opportunities; and we can continually meet your ambitions through our flexible in-house learning and development programmes.

We believe our staff are our biggest asset. We want to develop a positive, inclusive and caring culture that engages and inspires all our staff, with a clear focus on improvement and advancing equality of opportunity.

Please note: To discuss this post further, or to request a copy of the information pack, please contact our recruitment partner Joe Joyce of The Finegreen Group on or call 07557 998 599.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is a complex, well-established and high performing organisation, operating from over 100 dispersed sites and employing circa 4,500 staff. We deliver a diverse range of services, across mental health, learning disability and community care to a population of 780,000. In addition to providing these services across Worcestershire, we have also recently taken over responsibility for mental health and learning disability services in Herefordshire. Our performance is reflected in our 'Good' Care Quality Commission rating and we are also a Global Digital Exemplar, transforming the way digital technology supports both service users and staff.

We are proud and committed to our Trust Values, which include:

Courageous; Ambitious; Responsive; Empowering; Supportive.

As a leading local provider, we engage widely with our colleagues, patients, carers and local partners to deliver our system strategy. We are listening to their feedback and experiences to ensure that we develop innovative and sustainable services that provide excellent care to meet their needs and constantly strive to improve. We have many exciting service developments underway in conjunction with our partners and particularly our Primary Care Networks. We are also an early adopter for the Transformation of Community Mental Health Services and the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and young people in Schools.

As an employer we value all our staff very highly and want to ensure we foster a culture of inclusion and belonging. We want to look after, recognise, engage and develop all of our teams across the Trust, ensuring that our organisation is a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive, and feel confident in speaking out without fear. This reflects our commitment to attract and retain a greater number of committed, compassionate people to join us, at a time when the NHS and those who work within it are more valued than ever. Our local Workforce Committee and the system People Board have great appetite and energy to embrace our joint priorities for our workforce moving forward.

There has never been a more exciting time to become part of the leadership of our Trust. As we all reflect on the past few months, we are determined not to lose some of the things we have achieved and changed for the better. As we anticipate demand for our services increasing, we have an opportunity to continue to think differently and innovatively about how we provide care and how we harness the enormous enthusiasm across the system to do this. As we look towards a future where care across health systems will be more integrated and delivered in increasingly collaborative ways, our local, regional and national partnerships and relationships are critical.

This is also a pivotal time when the opportunities to make a real difference for the future have never been greater. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for the whole NHS. We have taken this opportunity to work together to think differently and adapt the way we are working to support the people we serve. We have achieved amazing things, including innovations in our use of technology, developing new guidelines and practices, training in new skills, adapting our pathways, changes in culture and many more.

It is with this backdrop that we now embark on the process to appoint our Director of People. We are looking for an exceptional individual who will live our values and vision. As the Executive lead for our People function, you will have a broad remit over Culture and OD, Diversity and Inclusion, Staff Experience, Health & Wellbeing, Human Resources, and Learning & Development. Although we are looking for a well-rounded individual with a broad skillset, we are particularly keen to engage with candidates who can support and enhance our ambitions in relation to OD and talent management/ development. In addition, as a unitary board member you will have the ability to contribute fully to a wide and complex agenda.

If you share our vision and values and are looking for a position which will provide an opportunity to play an important and influential role, both within our organisation and the wider health and care system, then we would welcome your interest and application. We would particularly encourage applications from those with protected characteristics and from under-represented groups, as we are committed to improving diversity within our organisation.

Recruitment Timetable:

Applications close: Sunday, 25 October

Shortlisting Interviews: w/c 9 November

Final Interviews: w/c 30 November

To discuss this post further, or to request a copy of the information pack, please contact our recruitment partner Joe Joyce of The Finegreen Group on or call 07557 998 599

PLEASE NOTE: All new appointments are subject to 6 months' probation period.

If the same or similar vacancy arises within the recruitment period of this post or up to 3 months afterwards, the Trust may chose not to re advertise, but to select a suitable candidate from this interview pool. The new post may differ in terms of the base, hours available (full or part time) or contract type (permanent or fixed term) and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

**If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. New employees to the Trust are required to pay the fee for the initial DBS check (this will be deducted from their first months' salary) and the annual subscription (£13) to the DBS Update Service. Internal applicants are required to pay the annual subscription fee only (£13). Further information on the update service can be found on our website link 'DBS Update Service.'

The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

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