"We have created several new posts on our board to help facilitate this transformation, focusing on Place based delivery of services, and on ensuring that clinical leadership is at the heart of all the transformation we deliver."Dame Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Dear prospective colleague,
Thank you for your interest in joining our team at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust delivers acute care to the population of Sussex across three principal hospital sites: St Richards Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital and Southlands Hospital. WSHT is one of very few Trusts judged as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and our vision (Excellent care, every time, “Where better never stops”) is at the heart of all that that we do - we pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost. Each year we have in excess of one million patient contacts and our hospitals are delivering the highest standard of patient care.
Since April 2017 we have been working in partnership, with a shared leadership team, with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) which has two main hospital sites: Royal Sussex County in Brighton and Princess Royal in Haywards Heath. At the time of the agreement BSUH was in special measures for quality and finance and faced significant service and workforce challenges at the same time as managing a £500m hospital construction scheme on its Brighton site. Following the development of the partnership, BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC. As we move together towards formal merger in April 2021 the ambition is to continue improving and providing excellent care, every time, for patients.
Underpinning all our many achievements to date is our innovative Patient First Improvement System (PFIS) which aligns the organisation, and allows continual improvement, to our ultimate goal of putting the patient first. We are an ambitious organisation, passionate about the care we deliver to our patients. Our aim is to be the best place to receive healthcare and the best place to work. PFIS methodology is our overarching ethos which helps shape our values giving a structure for our improvement and performance management.
Since the establishment of the management agreement BSUH has been removed from special measures for both quality and finance and in October 2019, WSFT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust in to be awarded Outstanding in all the CQC’s key inspection areas. The merger is a technical but important process for both WSHT and BSUH to get the right leadership, structures, and governance in place to ensure our shared journey of improvement continues. Our shared sense of purpose, commitment to investing in and developing our workforce; and focus on the continuous improvement of services and provision of excellent care, every time, for our patients, underpins all that we do.
We have created several new posts on our board to help facilitate this transformation, focusing on Place based delivery of services, and on ensuring that clinical leadership is at the heart of all the transformation we deliver. These posts will be vital in delivering on the benefits of the merger, and shaping services as we come out of the Pandemic, and present an excellent opportunity for candidates to take the next step in their careers.
Furthermore, we are keen to use this recruitment exercise to broaden the diversity in skills and experience at the Board and strengthen links with our community and stakeholders. As such professional experience is important but you must also share a passion for patient care and exhibit the values of the Trust.
Should you find this opportunity of interest and have the drive and commitment to make a real difference we would very much welcome your application. The pack and this website provides candidates with information on the roles and the appointment processes.
Dame Marianne Griffiths
Chief Executive, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust