Deputy Chief People Officer / Director of OD & Inclusion

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is the major health and wellbeing provider for a population of 1.7 million people across Lancashire and South Cumbria. A provider of mental health and learning disability services and physical health services in the community we employ over 7,000 members of staff operating in more than 400 sites with an annual budget of over £350 million.

We are on an exciting journey of improvement, with significant investment being made in mental health and learning disability services and a new leadership structure aligned to our systems’ ICPs. We are committed to leading the integration of physical health, mental health, and social care services locally to deliver improved population health and tackle health inequalities.

The Deputy Chief People Officer and Director of Organisational Development (OD) & Inclusion role will report in to our Chief People Officer.

Main duties of the job

This is a broad strategic role, with significant Board exposure and responsibility for the design and delivery of a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture, an approach to health and wellbeing that improves employee health and experience and a progressive organisation development programme that enables a culture of adaptive change, compassionate leadership, employee engagement and psychological safety. Joining us as we make significant progress on our ambitious transformation journey, this role will ensure that we create a great place to work and learn.

We are seeking an ambitious, creative, and inclusive leader with senior OD and transformation experience in large and complex organisations. While NHS experience may be valuable, we are also keen to hear from those outside of the health sector who have a track record of delivering world class OD transformation and strategic workforce solutions in large, complex, customer focused organisations.

Bringing energy, insight, and a passion for inclusion and reducing inequalities, you will ensure that opportunities are identified to deliver innovation and excellence both in the Trust and externally with our partners. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key leadership role in meeting our objective to be a provider and an employer of choice.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Educated to master’s degree level, or equivalent, with substantial senior management experience
  • Able to demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge equivalent to a masters in Organisation Development/Occupational Psychology/ED&I/HR
  • In-depth knowledge of modern OD interventions and techniques across multiple strands including leadership and ED&I



  • Ability to quickly build knowledge and understanding of the national NHS agenda specifically relating to organisation development, ED&I and recruitment and retention at a strategic and operational level.
  • Specialist knowledge of ED&I and OD practice



  • Significant experience of leading large scale organisational development and culture change
  • Extensive experience in leading OD, Inclusion and H&WB programmes that deliver tangible benefits and improvements
  • Extensive experience of highly effective partnership working with internal and external stakeholders. A record of building positive relationships with staff side.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Date Event
19th May Closing date