Joint CEO - North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We are seeking an experienced, inclusive and high-calibre individual to lead one of the largest Group models in the NHS. With a budget of circa £1.2bn, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have high ambitions and are committed to delivering more together for the populations we serve.

The Group Chief Executive will be critical to the success of our Group model, providing strategic leadership, engaging stakeholders in shaping the Group’s vision and future direction and development of services, to ensure the benefits of the collaboration are realised in practice. The Group Chief Executive will provide visible and inspirational leadership and build strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and strategic partners across the wider health and social care system.

The bringing together of organisations will require focus on the development of a culture that will build alliances across any perceived organisational boundaries, creating a single set of values and behaviours that deliver improved patient care and staff experience. A new Group culture will need to be fostered, starting with the articulation of the vision, mission and values, and the underpinning behaviours needed not only for the Group but also required to continue to build the required links with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will lead the development and transition to a joint executive management structure and its associated governance arrangements, developing and delivering common and aligned clinical, digital, capital, financial and people strategies that share exemplary standards of clinical care and common employment practices.

The ideal candidate will have significant and recent experience at executive level in a large complex organisation or system, ideally within an acute NHS environment or international equivalent. A highly visible and politically astute leader, you will have a track record of fostering positive cultures and leading large-scale transformational change as well as the ability to build and maintain strategic relationships. Importantly, too, you will share our values and passion for the highest quality clinical care.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion and hear more about this exceptional opportunity, please contact Matthew Simpson at our recruitment partners, Hunter Healthcare, by email: or phone: 07739 649 791.

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Date Event
11 September 2023 Closing Date
13 October 2023 Interview and Assessments