Hospital Site Director

Job summary

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The Hospital Director will work in partnership with the Site Director of Nursing, taking joint accountability for the management and leadership of the Hospital Site, including delivery of safe and high-quality clinical care and the best possible patient experience. The Hospital Leadership Team will support the Divisional Triumvirates to achieve and excel all local and national performance targets and standards (e.g. waiting times, productivity targets and activity levels) within budget and resource availability.

The Hospital Director will be the senior leader on the respective site, responsible for:

  • Site planning, including bed capacity planning and surge/winter planning.
  • Ensuring the continuity of hospital performance and effective flow day-to-day.
  • Effective operation of the site infrastructure, including front door access.
  • Resolving site-specific and cross-division issues in conjunction with Hospital Leadership Team and Divisional Triumvirate colleagues.
  • Monitoring the delivery of high-quality care at the Hospital site in line with our Patient First strategy through the undertaking of regular Gemba across all wards and department.


Main duties of the job

The post holder may assume the Senior Responsible Officer role for any capital redevelopment works for their respective sites, ensuring good project governance, and delivery within agreed timescales and resources. The post holder will be responsible for managing the Trust’s relationship day-to-day with ICS commissioned services delivered from the respective site and the surrounding community, in conjunction with Site Director of Nursing. The post holder will support the Divisions in developing a clear, detailed and shared understanding of the respective sites’ performance, flow and configuration and using this understanding to inform better operational decisions and the planning and prioritisation of change. The post holder will support the development of integrated care strategy and business within the Sussex ICS, inline with Trust-wide strategy and standards, liaising with ICS officers and provider partners, and working closely with the Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer’s team and Executive Team. Hospital Directors will work together, with assistance from the Site Director of Nursing and Divisional Triumvirates, to form and drive a coherent strategy and change agenda to achieve the quality and finance expectations set out in the Clinical Strategy , including the cross-site standardisation of clinical practice, operational processes and reporting and the realisation of other benefits from our Patient First Improvement System.


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 UHSussex 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

The attached Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the service


Person Specification

Experience and qualifications


  • Degree level or equivalent education, ideally with relevant post-graduate management qualifications
  • Educated to Masters level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience
  • Substantial experience of managing both clinical and/ or non-clinical services
  • Significant evidence of continued professional development towards Board level in a specialist area
  • Proven and significant leadership experience


  • Significant track record of senior level management experience gained in a complex acute hospital setting



  • Evidence of successful working across whole organisational teams
  • n-depth professional knowledge in a number of disciplines including e.g. financial management, performance management, information systems, staff management acquired through training and experience over extended period
  • Ability to influence the design and delivery of commissioned resources so as to provide customers with high quality services
  • Ability to influence the design and delivery of commissioned resources so as to provide customers with high quality services
  • Record of successfully engineering and crafting innovative solutions that offer customers greater choice and higher return on their investment.
  • Have proven ability to operate and think laterally at operational and strategic levels, with good analytical skills


  • Experience in liaison and negotiation at organisational level internally as well as externally, with a range of stakeholders

People Management


  • Experience in leading, managing and developing a multidisciplinary team, including objective setting and performance management
  • Leading a large workforce successfully


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