Chief People Officer




Unless we have the right people in place across our system, integration will struggle to achieve its potential. There are a range of strategic workforce challenges in healthcare systems nationally and locally: higher vacancy rates and resignations than average, lower retention levels, and fragmented pathways into and within key specialisms. This role will therefore be absolutely critical in delivering the transformative change we seek.

You will lead the development and delivery of our long-term people strategy, ensuring it reflects and integrates the strategies of all the partner organisations within the ICS. Moreover, you’ll support the production and delivery of a five-year plan for the ICB with the CEO, other board members, partners across the ICS and the local community. This will include interpretation and implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan, NICE quality standards and other national and regional strategic priorities for health and social care.

The key insight that you’ll bring – and which will underpin in everything you do – is that the people working within our system are our people, regardless of the organisation on their payslip. You will nurture and grow a culture of radical trust and collaboration between partners and sectors which will allow us to deliver the benefits of operating as a whole-place ecology, rather than a set of disparate elements, while never compromising the excellent day-to-day delivery of vital care in the full range of settings. It’s well-understood in change processes that challenges – particularly resource challenges – tend to result in a return to learned behaviours, so you will need to have the interpersonal and influencing skills to keep everyone in the system on track for transformation.

Candidates will already have extensive experience and expertise in organisational transformation, and will bring an impressive repertoire of leadership approaches, professional techniques and strategic insights to the task. You’ll report directly to Jan Thomas, our CEO, and will be professionally accountable to the regional director of workforce and organisational development. But you will also regularly brief Chief Executives from our partner organisations, including the voluntary sector and local government, so you need excellent communication skills together with the quiet confidence that is rooted in always knowing your brief, and your audience.

You’ll be the lodestar for senior leaders as well as people professionals across the system, and will play a significant part in establishing the ICS as a highly-regarded anchor institution in our area. It’s a big task, certainly: but because you and we both know what it looks like, it’s absolutely deliverable.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances.

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