Locality Network Director of Operations

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.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an innovative Trust and be at the forefront of mental health and community innovation. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, our new Locality Network Director of Operations (Central & West Locality) will be responsible for a range of mental and physical health services – ensuring the successful operational and clinical management of all Locality services in accordance with Trust policies and the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality services.

Main duties of the job

As a proactive collaborator, you will work closely with colleagues from primary care and local acute hospitals to effectively manage community physical health on behalf of the Trust. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in contributing to the strategic vision of the Trust and the identification of the Trust’s strategic objectives. Working as part of a triumvirate, this post is one of three key leadership roles who will be working together to provide senior strategic, visible, clinical and professional leadership across the network.

This is an inspiring time to join our Trust as we take on responsibility for the implementation of specialised commissioning responsibilities from NHSE to LSCFT in our role as Lead Provider to the system. Our future Locality Network Director of Operations will have oversight and responsibility to implement these changes and this role presents an exciting opportunity to leave an impactful legacy that benefits our local population and communities.

We are looking for collaborative, driven and adaptable leaders with a strong ability to influence the strategic direction for our services. We are seeking a motivated and influential leader who is partnership led and who has significant experience engaging with stakeholders of all levels.

In return, you could be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative, in order to ensure the Trust develops excellent Locality services.

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.

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

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.

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

Person Specification



  • oDegree and Masters level qualification or relevant equivalent experience
  • oAppropriate professional management qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • oSignificant demonstrable experience of senior operational management in NHS
  • oDetailed understanding and experience of the operation of hospital services
  • oProven ability to manage change, service activity and development within a large and complex organisation
  • oComprehensive understanding and application of Department of Health policy

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Date Event
22nd May Closing date