Deputy Divisional Director of Operations - University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Job summary

We have an extremely exciting opportunity to join our team as Deputy Divisional Director of Operations for our Medicine Division. Reporting to the Divisional Director of Operations, this role forms a key part of our Divisional Management team and works closely with clinical, operational and corporate colleagues across the Trust and beyond. As Deputy Director of Operations, you will lead on all aspects of performance management and service delivery within the Division. You will work together with our colleagues to ensure that quality, performance, constitutional standards, CIP and budgetary targets are monitored and delivered.


Main duties of the job

This role provides an excellent opportunity to develop and progress your career into a Director of Operations, with support from the current Divisional Director to achieve this progression. We are seeking a motivated and influential leader who is partnership led and who has significant operational management experience within the NHS. This is a tough but rewarding role and the successful post holder will need to have strong personal resilience to deal with the day-to-day pressures of leading large and complex services through the busiest time the NHS has ever seen.

Your duties will be completed with passion whilst leading and motivating from the front, promoting the trusts value of compassion, communication, teamwork, respect, professionalism and inclusion; allowing your staff to thrive and deliver outstanding patient care.

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.



About us

Join us at UHSussex: every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it, because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UH Sussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.


Job description

Job responsibilities

You must have a proven track record of delivering efficient and effective clinical services in an acute hospital setting, with demonstrable experience of delivering organisational change, and a good understanding of lean management and continuous improvement practices.

You will work with the Director of Operations and Chief of Service in the delivery and translation of both Divisional and Trust clinical service strategy, corporate and divisional objectives, and the development and implementation of business plans and service developments.

The Deputy Director position is an excellent opportunity to consolidate operational experience at a senior leadership level and would particularly suit a self-motivated individual with aspirations to ultimately progress to a Divisional Director position.


Person Specification



  • Operational management experience in the healthcare sector
  • Masters or equivalent experience
  • Operational management experience in the healthcare secto
  • Knowledge and understanding of integrated governance and performance management with a focus on quality of patient care/service
  • Experience of managing a range of employment issues including but not AF/I limited to Sickness, Disciplinary, Performance and Grievance issues


  • Post graduate Management qualification
  • Project Management Qualification



  • Proven track record as a leader and professional role model
  • Proven experience of planning and organising at a strategic level with highly complex and conflicting priorities

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital & Princess Royal Hospital

Eastern Road

Brighton & Haywards Heath


Employer’s website (Opens in a new tab)

For further information or to apply, contact:

Finn McNulty



Date Event
28th August Job Closes