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Chief Operating Officer

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Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Preston Hospital
Circa £127,000
29/01/2019 23:59


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Applications should be submitted via CV and covering letter to Karen Swindley, Workforce and Education Director at

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Operating Officer to help shape the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure it delivers its mission to provide excellent care with compassion through the delivery of high quality and effective care that meets expected performance standards.


We are seeking an individual with drive and ambition who will make remarkable leaps in operational delivery.  They will aspire to deliver outstanding operational performance and inspire and empower the operational teams.


As a Trust, we provide acute services to our local population of around 400,000 and provide a number of tertiary services to around 1.6 million people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.   Most of our clinical services are provided on our two hospital sites – Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.  We also have a specialist mobility and rehabilitation service in Preston, the Broadoaks child development centre in Leyland and we provide dialysis units in various locations in Lancashire.  We have an operating budget of circa £500 million and a workforce in excess of 7,500.  We are proud to the provider of a wide range of tertiary services for Lancashire and South Cumbria including our status as the Major Trauma Centre for the area.


We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer who is able to inspire and engage with our staff in the pursuit of excellence whilst at the same time ensuring that effective systems and processes are in place to enable us to deliver against our performance targets.    They will work closely with the rest of our senior management team in ensuring the provision of safe, effective and harm free care.


If you are an experienced operational director with board level experience who is able to provide visible, credible leadership across the Trust and to your team and play a key role in promoting a culture that encourages a dynamic approach to teamwork and the use of initiative which supports employees to reach their full potential, then we want to hear from you. To be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate a track-record of achievement and a strong motivation for the role and commitment to delivering value-based high-quality care




Interview date:  11th March 2019


Salary circa £127,000




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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 (Exceptions Order) 1975 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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For an informal discussion, contact Karen Partington, Chief Executive on 01772 522692. 

Applications should be submitted via CV and covering letter to Karen Swindley, Workforce and Education Director at

If you have problems applying, contact

01257 245589