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Medical Director
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
22.5 hours per week
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NHS Devon Integrated Care Board
Employer type
Aperture House
£99,532 - £131,964 Competitive salary in line with the NHS Consultant salary scale
Salary period
28/07/2024 23:59

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Medical Director - Secondary Care

Job overview

Are you ready for a new challenge? We are looking to appoint an exceptional medical leader with focus, passion and drive for patient transformation, and the experience to support and continue to develop our Medical Workforce within our new structure.

You will play a key role in supporting the ICB to achieve its strategic ambitions and with that comes complexity, high demands, and the need for exceptional communication and engagement skills. This role is pivotal in providing professional leadership to our secondary care medical workforce and you will therefore need to be a dynamic and ambitious leader who expertly combines clinical expertise with sound strategic acumen and inspiring leadership.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Director – Secondary Care will provide clinical leadership and influence across the whole system of care with a specific focus on the secondary care sector. Working closely with medical directors and clinical communities across the ICS to establish a collective vision for integrated care and population health management; transforming the health and care system across Devon to enable change at system and partnership level. 

If you want to be part of our evolving organisation, to make positive impactful change to the health and social care agenda across Devon then we look forward to receiving your application.

Main duties of the job

The role is jointly responsible for planning and allocating resources to meet the four core purposes of ICS:
•    to improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
•    tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience and access
•    enhance productivity and value for money
•    help the NHS support broader social and economic development

In conjunction with the other Directors and Chief Officers:
•    the role will ensure that the system and constituent parts deliver against the NHS System Oversight Framework, ensuring that the financial governance arrangements, quality governance arrangements and Local Care Partnerships and Provider Collaboratives deliver against the agreed objectives with regional NHSE teams.
•    the MD will take a lead role in supporting the development of the strategic plans (five-year joint forward plan and the integrated care strategy) and overseeing the delivery of the approach by translating and communicating the plans and setting out a coherent and compelling strategic narrative. They will ensure this reflects and integrates the strategies of all relevant partner organisations of the ICB.
The role provides leadership that ensures collaborative working across organisational boundaries by building strong and trusting relationships with key system partners to generate buy in to a collective vision for integrated care and population health management.

Working for our organisation

NHS Devon Integrated Care System

As an Integrated Care System (ICS), we recognise now more than ever that we can only provide the care that people really need by working together. Together for Devon therefore represents a partnership where health and care services work together with local communities to improve peoples health, wellbeing and care. It aims to transform health and care services so they are clinically, socially and financially sustainable.

Our vision is simple: equal chances for everyone in Devon to lead long, happy and healthy lives. To achieve this, we have set out six ambitions for the next five years that will help us transform services including: Effective and efficient care, embedding the Integrated Care Model, the Devon deal (a citizen-led approach to health and care), Children and young people, Digital Devon and ensuring Equality.

About NHS Devon

As part of the Devon ICS, NHS Devon Integrated Care Board is responsible for the majority of county's NHS budget, and develops a plan to improve peoples health, deliver high-quality care and better value for money. The organisation is led by a diverse board, with an aim to improve peoples lives in Devon wherever they live, to reduce health inequalities and make sure we can deliver these services for the long term.

For more information, visit our ICS website and our NHS Devon website

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to job description and person specification for full details

  • Where the post is a temporary position there may be a possibility of the post becoming permanent.
  • All posts can be considered as development opportunities if applicants do not meet the essential criteria at the time of appointment but would be able to meet this in a reasonable time frame.
  • Vacancies may close early if a high volume of applications are received.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Membership of a medical royal college
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development
  • On Specialist register and have a licence to practice


Essential criteria
  • Extensive knowledge of the health, care and local government landscape and an understanding of the resourcing implications related to the social determinants of public health
  • Current evidence and thinking on practices which reduce health inequality, improve patient access, safety and ensure organisations are ‘Well-led'
  • Sound knowledge of health and care financial planning and budgeting at a director, very senior clinician and/or system level
  • Additional in-depth professional knowledge in a number of disciplines related to the role with experience of staff management acquired through training and experience over extended period


Essential criteria
  • Significant senior level experience in the secondary care setting
  • Substantial experience of very senior manager or Director level leadership within a health or social care organisation
  • Substantial experience of managing highly sensitive situations with stakeholders, particularly in a political environment
  • Experience of leading strategic policy development, performance improvement, operational planning and strategic commissioning or similar
  • Experience of formulating long term strategic plans, involving uncertainty, impact on organisation, developing business plans, strategies for area of activity and making major contribution to policies and strategy
  • Experience of managing budgets for services
  • Experience of line managing of senior leaders/clinicians across a range of areas and teams, with major areas of activity
  • Experience of being accountable for a major area of activity, with the autonomy to act independently
  • Experience dealing with, or advising on, highly confidential information and explaining highly complex, highly sensitive and potentially unwelcome information to a wide range of audiences while overcoming significant barriers to resistance
  • Experience of providing strategic leadership, mentorship, and professional development at a very senior level with demonstrable outcomes
  • Experience of leading clinicians and other professionals, creating a team, creating a shared vision and motivating and inspiring staff to work together to achieve a common objective
  • Practising secondary care (either acute or mental health) clinician
Desirable criteria
  • Substantial experience of managing relationships with the media and political stakeholders
  • Experience of leading and delivering large scale complex transformational programmes, preferably across multiple organisations and within the health or social care sector

Personal Values

Essential criteria
  • Personally committed to upholding the NHS principles and values as set out in the NHS Constitution, the Joint Forward Plan, the NHS People Plan, Nolan Principles and Fit and Proper Persons regime, along with an ability to reflect them in their leadership role and the culture of NHS Devon
  • Demonstrates a compassionate leadership style with a track record of improvements to equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Lives by the values of openness and integrity and has created cultures where this thrives
  • Consistently thinks about how their work can help and support clinicians, professionals and frontline staff to deliver better outcomes for patients
  • Committed to continuing professional development

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post will require a submission for Disclosure to be made to check for any unspent criminal convictions.

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Issie Atcheson
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