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Chief People Officer

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Executive Director
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Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Across Bay
£100,000 - £200,000 Per annum
Salary period
04/07/2022 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) is a large organisation serving a diverse population of circa 365,000, spread across a largely rural area of over 1000 square miles of South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

We are a valued partner within both the Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care System and the Morecambe Bay Integrated Care Partnership and have been given the opportunity for a once-in-a-generation investment in a new hospital being developed through the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

We are embarking on an ambitious programme of cultural transformation that will position the Trust as a great place to be cared for; a great place to work.  As Chief People Officer, you will take a lead role in designing, delivering and monitoring all aspects of the Moving Forward: Creating Change Together programme.

Candidates are asked to apply via Odgers Berndtson. For more information and a cope of the Candidate information Pack, please call Victoria Graham on 0161 498 3413 or email victoria.graham@odgersberndtson.com

 Closing date for applications is 4 July 2022

Main duties of the job

We know that our workforce are the key to delivering the best possible outcomes for the patients and people that we serve.  The Chief People Officer has a crucial role to play in transforming People & OD services at a time when workforce risks are some of the greatest challenges facing the organisation.  As such, they will lead on the development of a People & OD strategy and plan that effectively meets the employee resourcing requirements, delivers modern and effective clinical services and continually improves colleague experience.

To succeed in this role, not only will you need to have a clear vision for optimising colleague contribution and experience, but the ability to inspire and motivate others to join you on this journey.  An outstanding communicator and influencer, you will build key relationships internally and externally, providing independent advice to the Board as required, and creating a responsive, transparent, inclusive culture.

As the Board lead for equality, diversity and inclusion, you will champion and drive equality across the Trust, and will role model the compassionate, people-centred leadership approach at the heart of our Trust ethos.  You will need to couple these with the tenacity and commitment required to deliver against our key risks and challenges.  In return we will support you as you take the next step on your professional journey as part of an ambitious, collaborative and values-driven Trust Board.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MA in HRM
  • Recognised Leadership Development intervention (e.g. MBA, Aspirant Directors Programme, Nye Bevan, Ready Now, etc)
  • Evidence of continuing professional and leadership development
Desirable criteria
  • Masters qualification
  • Quality & Service Improvement (e.g. LEAN, Six Sigma, QSIR)


Essential criteria
  • Senior People & OD leadership experience in a highly complex and challenged organisation
  • Evidence of successful development, implementation and delivery of People & OD strategy
  • Evidence of effective partnership working with multi-agency stakeholders
  • Record of successful delivery against HR improvement targets
  • Leadership of equality and diversity function (or significant elements of them)
Desirable criteria
  • Previous HR Director experience in an Acute and/or Community Trust


Essential criteria
  • Highly visible and inclusive leadership style – able to quickly build credibility and fellowship
  • Passionate about people, partnership and inclusion with ability to inspire others
  • Demonstrates that people are at the heart of everything they do
  • Ability to lead strategic and tactical transformational programmes, deploying proven quality and service improvement methodology
  • Ability to build effective relationship and ally-ships with stakeholders and regulators
  • Able to demonstrate strong personal values of integrity, tenacity and compassion
  • Proven ability to convert vision into reality, with outcomes embedded long-term
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrate ability to build, lead, develop and motivate effective team(s)
  • Quality & Service Improvement abilities
  • Commitment to public service values
  • Proven influencing and negotiation skills, particularly across organisational boundaries and at regional/national levels
  • Ability to identify key priorities and achieve effective, timely solutions


Essential criteria
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of what outstanding/excellent looks like
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of NHS People Plan, NHS People Promise and local workforce imperatives
  • Expert understanding of principles of inclusion and diversity (with strong commitment to delivery)
  • Detailed knowledge of regulatory frameworks (i.e. CQC, GMC, NMC, HPC, MHPS, etc)
Desirable criteria
  • Clear and articulate vision for People & OD across Morecambe Bay

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability Confident - two yearsVeteran AwareNo smoking policyDisability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Morecambe Bay - Inclusive EmployerStep into health

Applicant requirements

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Victoria Graham
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Odgers Berndtson
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Telephone number
0161 498 3413