Deputy Chief Information Officer (Royal Berkshire)

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Job summary

We are continuing the delivery of our 2023 -2027 Digital Strategy which is laid out over a 4-year programme plan whilst giving ample consideration to the changing needs and assets within our Trust, local population and our wider local health and social care organisations in a collaborative way.

We are looking for an exceptional Deputy CIO to join us at a pivotal and exciting time in our journey. The Deputy CIO will play a huge role in further developing key stakeholder relationships within the Care Groups and Corporate Functions in the Trust . The Deputy CIO will lead the delivery of our Digital Strategy, optimise our existing digital systems & solutions as well as managing and delivering the change requests from our customers across our suite of clinical systems. We are looking for a compassionate & experienced leader who has excellent interpersonal skills, possesses strong commercial acumen, a keen eye for innovation and has a successful track record of delivery of digitally enabled transformation. This leader will have the ability to steer the digital direction in the Trust and influence, inspire and unify those along the journey.


Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the AD Infrastructure and AD Informatics as part of the IM & T Senior Management Team supporting the CIO to deliver the Trusts’ Digital Strategy via the respective functions across the department. You will also be a value-driven leader who has a keen eye for identifying opportunities to further the Trusts’ digitization journey. You will help identify alternate funding sources and , with wider stakeholders , sell and make the case for change and the associated service improvement.

In return, the post offers a generous remuneration and benefits package but above all the opportunity to play a vital & rewarding role in the next phase of the Trusts’ Digital journey.


About us

Reading sits on the river Thames and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading is a wonderful place to live, work and play and provides excellent facilities for families, including some of the best state and private schools in the UK.The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as Good.Our values: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent, reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Thank you for your interest in joining our Trust as Deputy Chief Information Officer. We are very fortunate to have been able to make significant progress on our Digital journey as a Trust over the last ten years. At present, we are working towards achieving our HIMMS Level 6 accreditation as we continue to optimize our digital landscape with our various stakeholders across the Trust whilst maintaining the integrity of our architecture and infrastructure.

For further information on this role and how to apply, please contact our recruitment partners at Hunter Healthcare via Finn McNulty on 07966 006091 or


Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or higher or equivalent relevant experience
  • Professional membership of FedIP- affiliated organization, e.g. BCS, SOCITM.
  • Relevant Post-Graduate qualification or equivalent relevant experience
  • Further specialist qualification in relevant subjects, e.g. programme management, health informatics



  • In-depth experience of operating at senior management and board level, with national and international level partners.
  • Extensive experience and the highest level of specialist knowledge of relevant healthcare systems and software.
  • A deep interest and experience in digitally enabled service change and an ability to walk the boards alongside business colleagues and find these areas for maximum benefit
  • An ability to keep the interest going so systems do not fall into misuse and taking appropriate action if this starts to occur
  • Experience of working in a large and complex organisation
  • Experience of developing highly complex Business Cases and managing associated schemes
  • Experience of successful specification, procurement, and implementation of significant and specialist IT systems
  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of the range of subjects covered by the job
  • Extensive and specialist knowledge of relevant health informatics systems, software, integration, and associated standards
  • In-Depth knowledge of contemporary system solutions, and ability to select the best options for a complex environment



  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and provide them appropriate solutions and services
  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and provide them appropriate solutions and services
  • Ability to manage and deliver on multiple priorities and clients’ demands
  • Able to inspire and motivate colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Strong and highly developed influencing and negotiating skills clear and incisive analytic thinking and decision making
  • Ability to identify and deliver quantifiable benefits
  • Able to represent the organisation externally and exercise influence with major external partners at the highest level
  • Ability to produce comprehensive, high-quality written materials such as reports, proposals and business cases.



  • Demonstrates the Trust Care values highly collaborative with strong & inspirational senior leadership capability.
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation through, sometimes challenging, negotiations.
  • Has a strong degree of personal integrity; able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness.
  • Willingness to work to a flexible working pattern if necessary


Date Event
Tuesday 14th March Job Closes