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Deputy Director of Strategy and Improvement - 12 Months FTC

Band 8D

Main area
Workforce & Improvement
Band 8D
Fixed-Term Contract - 12 Months
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Service Transformation (509) L5
£78,679 - £91,430 per annum inc
03/06/2019 23:59

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


At the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) we believe that diverse teams deliver the highest quality care for our patients. So, to achieve the Trusts vision of being the world leading neuro musculoskeletal hospital with the best patient care and staff experience, we know we must seek applications from high quality people whose backgrounds, experience and identity broaden and enhance the diversity of our existing staff.

The Trust is committed to creating opportunities for those who are often under-represented in the workplace.

In this context, the RNOH is looking for a Deputy Director of Strategy and Improvement to join and lead the Improvement function, lead and deliver the Trust’s Improvement Strategy and lead and deliver the ongoing development of the Trust’s overall strategy. Reporting to the Director of Workforce and Improvement (who also oversees Strategy), the role will involve working closely with the Chief Executive, Executive Directors as well as Non-Executive Directors and senior clinicians.

The Deputy Director of Strategy and Improvement will:

  • Lead the annual planning round to coordinate, iterate and develop the Trust’s overall strategy
  • Deliver a programme of work to embed the Trust strategy in all key decisions made throughout the organisation’s leadership structure
  • Drive the implementation of an improvement methodology with the Director of Workforce and Improvement and must ensure buy-in and commitment from the wider Executive Team and the Trust Board. This must result in a culture of continuous quality improvement across the Trust especially in relation to improving patient care and staff experience.
  • Provide expert advice, guidance and support to all improvement projects, from initiation through to delivery of required outcomes and the successful realisation of benefits including quality/service improvement and cash releasing savings.
  • Ensure the Improvement Team also provides advice, leadership and support to support the delivery of improvement projects.The role is a fixed term contract for twelve months initially.
  • The post holder will be a dynamic and charismatic leader with proven expertise in embedding an improvement culture and function and have a track record of delivering improvement projects. They will need to support the overall integrity and coherence of the programme in line with the Trust’s values; to drive and maintain enthusiasm and momentum in delivery and to lead the Improvement Team.

The role is a fixed term contract for twelve months initially.

If you are interested in the role which will help shape the way the Trust develops as the country’s leading provider of neuro-musculoskeletal care, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tracy Ward, Executive Assistant, on Tel: 0208 909 5278 or Email: to book an informal chat with Tom Nettel, Director of Workforce and Improvement.