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The role of Deputy Chief Executive is a new role which has been created specifically to work closely with the CEO and the NHFT Executive Team to provide leadership and capacity to secure NHFT’s objectives. This is within a context of a joint CEO arrangement across two NHS organisations. The role will help to facilitate, develop and collectively drive the Trust’s strategic goals and objectives as a member of the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) Executive team.


Our NHFT Trust CEO holds a joint post across two NHS organisations NHFT and LPT and therefore this deputy post is required to support this arrangement and deputise for the CEO within NHFT. This will require an ability to provide strong effective leadership and decision making in line with Trust objectives and to act on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer in their absence. Aspiring Chief executives may be interested in further developing their portfolio and experience base within this role .


The DCEO will lead strategic planning across the Trust and will co-ordinate the delivery of core functions of the Trust ensuring the necessary planning, information, and performance management arrangements are in place to support delivery of services and Trust objectives. This will require new ways of working in line with PLACE development and the emergent ICS developments and will necessitate working closely and in conjunction with Executive Directors and the CEO on these requirements and transitions.


The post holder will on behalf of the CEO, work closely with other Directors in relation to key elements of overall Trust performance to ensure relevant and timely progress is achieved.


The successful candidate will be adept at recognising the need for strategic influencing and be able to develop excellent relationships with key internal individuals and senior external stakeholders and will have experience of horizon- scanning to inform the CEO of emerging risks, challenges and opportunities. In addition they will be accountable for the delivery of a Trust portfolio and will undertake responsibilities within system (ICS) programmes as required, contributing to the development and management of the overall corporate agenda.


Shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in a stakeholder panel on the 14th & 17th December. Final panel interviews on 23rd December.