Chief Medical Officer - ELFT

ELFT is recognised as an exceptional organisation where people participation, co-production, staff engagement and quality improvement are at the heart of what we do.

As we adapt to a new environment arising from our response to COVID-19 over the last two years, the Trust Board is clear that we must continue to be ambitious for our service users, staff and local populations; working in collaboration to provide safe and compassionate care. We are especially excited to be developing our programme to measurably improve population health and wellbeing. Our ambition is underpinned by our systematic approach to quality improvement, through embedding a culture of creativity, openness and co-production; one that is delivered by clinicians and front-line staff working meaningfully alongside those with lived experience.   

The NHS Long Term Plan mirrors the ambitions we aspire to in ELFT. Work is well underway with us playing a lead role within the geographical areas where we provide services through our Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), jointly addressing our challenges and maximising our opportunities.

The Trust is well respected by its commissioners, local stakeholders and its regulators. We have met all standards expected of us by our quality regulators, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and by our regulators, NHS England and NHS Improvement.  We are a financially robust organisation with clear opportunities for the development and diversification of services.  We are very clear, however, that our focus needs to remain on the ongoing improvement of our services and in the health and wellbeing of our staff, service users and local communities.  

Our passionate and highly skilled staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the people who use our services, often in challenging circumstances. We have a strong focus on improving staff experience and enabling increased and meaningful participation in all aspects of our work by people with lived experience. Our quality improvement ‘Enjoying Work’ project has made a substantial impact, helping us to foster characteristics that create joyful places to work. We also have a strong focus on working with people with lived experience, and have an internationally recognised People Participation approach, that ensures those who with lived experience are involved in leading the design, delivery and evaluation of services.

We are seeking an exceptional Chief Medical Officer to support us as we move forward in this next phase of our development.  Working across the organisation to ensure we maintain strong clinical leadership and safety working with our teams to help them ensure reduce variation within our services, the appointed individual will bring their experience of working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders to add further value our high performing leadership team. If your vision for mental health, community health, primary care and social care, ambition for our Trust and commitment to our service users and staff is aligned to our own, please contact Matt Simpson at Hunter Healthcare for a confidential conversation. Matt can be reached through Briar Renwick ( or Helen Howard ( or on 020 7935 4570.

Please click here to see the candidate information pack.



Date Event
12 March 2023 Closing date
15 March 2023 Longlist
21 March 2023 Shortlist
14 April 2023 Stakeholder Events
18 April 2023 Interview