Deputy Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer/Managing Director - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental services to the people living in the South East of England and beyond. We are proud to provide care and services for children, young people, adults of working age and older people at our Trust. Our services are provided in a variety of different locations including hospitals, health centres and rehabilitation and recovery centres, as well as smaller clinic spaces. We are passionate about research and it’s our aim to put it at the core of everything we do so we can continually improve our clinical care. Sussex Partnership NHS FT is also the lead provider for four specialist Mental Health Provider Collaboratives across the South East and we are rated ‘good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.


Thank you for showing an interest in joining us at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where we put people first – patients, carers and staff. Our strategy is People, Prevention and Partnership and our vision is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. The exceptional people who work here make it the organisation it is. You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you’ll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.


We have an exciting opportunity to join our Trust as Deputy Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer / Managing Director for our Provider Collaboratives. Reporting to the Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, this critical role will be responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and delivery of the Provider Collaboratives and Specialist Commissioning Teams. Our Trust has been leading the development of Provider Collaboration and our future Deputy Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer / Managing Director will be integral to the development and success of our four Collaboratives (Wessex and Dorset Tier 4 CAMHS, Kent and Sussex Tier 4 CAMHS, Kent, Surrey, Sussex Secure Care and Kent and Sussex Adult Eating Disorders). This crucial role will also take on responsibility for the specialist placement budget on behalf of the Trust and Sussex ICB, as we work to achieve our ambition of reducing the number of specialist placements used through people being supported in their local communities.


We are looking to speak with compassionate, kind, and driven leaders who put people first and are collaborative in nature. You will be accustomed with engaging with Executive teams and confident engaging with stakeholders at all levels. As our future Deputy Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer / Managing Director you will lead by example and strive to build and improve partnerships with our partners. We are seeking individuals with an excellent track record of delivery in senior leadership within mental health and who are passionate about developing mental health, learning disabilities and autism services.


In return, you could be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative to ensure we develop an outstanding Strategy function at our Trust and are regarded nationally for our leading Provider Collaboratives.


We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome applications from underrepresented groups. In recruiting to our Trust, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, LGBTQ+ communities, and from people with lived experience of disability.


If you would like a further discussion on the role, in the first instance please contact our executive search partner Finn McNulty at Hunter Healthcare on 07966 006 091 or


Date Event
11.59pm Sunday 13th August Job closes