Clinical Director - Brighton & Hove Division

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hove, England
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum (pro rata). Plus responsibility payment.
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Sussex Partnership seek to appoint, an innovative Divisional Clinical Director to lead Adult Services in Brighton & Hove.

This post that will join the Adult Services Divisional Clinical Directors for West and East Sussex, and Specialist Division as we re-structure to drive transformation.

The post attracts pay as per the consultant contract, recognising the applicant's seniority & existing clinical excellence & impact awards, and a responsibility payment. A relocation package of £8000 is available, where appropriate.

Please note this post is advertised for agenda for change colleagues too.

This role is advertised as permanent or 6 month interim post. Please state in your supporting information if you are applying for the permanent or interim role. Please note the interim role closes on the 26th February.

Main duties of the job

The CD is responsible for ensuring the best quality mental health care is delivered to the population of Brighton & Hove within available resources. They will clinically lead the division, ensuring care pathways deliver national & local priorities achieving high quality performance & outcomes.

They will be a key part in the leadership of the Trust with responsibilities across the organisation whilst working closely with the Divisional Managing Director & Director of Nursing and Quality to ensure consistent clinical standards, practice & outcomes.
With a commitment to place based 'systems of care' our Sussex ICS Strategy clearly lays out the ambition that ' and care organisations will work in a more joined-up way and within communities to better understand and respond to their specific needs. Support and services will be shaped around local people, rather than expecting them to fit into the 'system'. By communities, we mean both the local area people live in and also the communities that we know people identify with, such as those with the same interests, beliefs or way of live'.
This role is a full time Consultant post with a maximum of 8 & minimum of 5 Pas as Clinical Director with a negotiable number of PAs in a clinical role. The role attracts a responsibility payment in accordance with current Trust guidelines; this will be negotiated with the successful applicant. The clinical element of the role will be within the division, dependent on qualifications, experience.

Working for our organisation

Interested candidates are invited to speak with Dr Oliver Dale Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Clinical Director will have responsibility for ensuring the best quality care and outcomes are delivered by the services in their division for the local population served within the resources available and in partnership with others.

The Clinical Director will have clinical leadership of the division, ensuring the clinical care pathways are enabled to deliver the national and local strategies and for the achievement of high quality performance and clinical outcomes.

You will play a key part in the leadership of the Trust, and has responsibilities across the organisation as well as the specific division.

You will also work as part of a close team with the Divisional Managing Director and Divisional Director of Nursing and Quality. There is a recognition that clinical and strategic leadership needs to cross the Division directorate structures to ensure that there is pathway standardisation, consistency of clinical standards, practices and outcomes. The Clinical Director will work with other Divisions and corporate leadership to achieve this goal.

Main Responsibilities - Clinical Director role:
  • To provide clinical leadership to all professionals and managers in the Division - including regular reviews and appraisals of their roles
  • To appoint and manage the Clinical Leads within the Division and to develop clinical leadership across all the services. Lead on all medical job planning and recruitment in partnership with the Division Lead Psychiatrist.
  • To provide the clinical leadership and support the development of long-term strategic plans for the division based upon interpretation of national mental health policy and strategy and considering the Trust aims and objectives and projected needs of the client group.
  • To provide clinical leadership and support to the Managing Director and Divisional Director for Nursing and Quality for the Division in overseeing the financial position and ensuring that services are provided within the agreed financial envelope whilst maintaining appropriate clinical standards.
  • To provide clinical leadership and perspectives on service change programmes that delivers Cost Improvement Programme savings as well as improvements in quality and patient care.
  • To provide clinical leadership in building a culture of continuous improvement of services as demonstrated by Quality Improvement, clinical audit and other forms of benchmarking. Proactively ensuring that the learning from serious incidents, near misses and complaints is acted upon and communicated effectively throughout the trust, this includes facilitating sessions to promote learning.
  • To provide leadership in building and embedding a Just and Learning Cultures within the Division, this includes openness and responsibilities under Duty of Candour.
  • To provide clinical leadership in developing excellent relationships with GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Acute Hospitals and the Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships
  • To represent the Trust when appropriate in handling media, CCG or NCB enquiries, or in communicating complex or contentious information to staff around service developments, serious incidents or homicides.
  • To act as an ambassador for the Trust in key clinical commissioning forums, including the Sussex Clinical Senate and the ICB
  • To lead on the development of the research and audit strategies and implementation plans within services as agreed by the Service and Trust. This includes making the final decision on the appropriateness of any clinical research studies that are being proposed within the division.

Main Responsibilities - clinical role:

Please see the relevant job description for an overview of the post-holder's responsibilities in this area. The specific responsibilities will depend on the clinical work the post-holder undertakes; as noted above, this will come from available opportunities in the relevant Division and we welcome interested applicants contacting us to explore what is available.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCPsych or equivalent professional qualification at Consultant level

Desirable criteria
  • Management qualification or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level e.g. NHS Leadership Academy, King's Fund


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice


Essential criteria
  • Experience of clinical or professional leadership role within services
  • Good understanding of change management
  • Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders in the redesign of services
  • Ability to engage with staff and motivate to improve performance.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate clearly and openly with staff at all levels, from the Executive Team to frontline staff.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • An open and facilitative style of leadership
  • An excellent understanding of effective systems for integrated governance and the management of clinical and non-clinical risks.
  • Strong performance management skills combining clarity around expectations, direction and holding others to account

Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of national policy and understanding of regulatory framework for Foundation Trusts
  • Ability to hold others to account

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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