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Deputy Medical Director


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Medical Director
Fixed term: 5 years (Deputy Medical Director term is 5 years alongside substantive consultant role)
Part time - 4 sessions per week
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£84,559 - £114,003 plus responsibility allowance of £12,000 per annum
Salary period
28/08/2022 23:59
Interview date

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Deputy Medical Director

Department: Medical Directorate

Salary: £84,559 - £114,003 (to be paid at current point) plus responsibility allowance of £12,000 per annum

Hours: 4 PAs

The Deputy Medical Director term is fixed term for 5 years, however external candidates will be offered a role as a consultant within the Trust.

This post represents an exciting opportunity to become a key leader in the further development of the drive for our Trust to become clinically led and professionally managed.

Working very closely with the Trust’s Medical Director, the successful candidate will be central to improving medical engagement and ensuring we achieve our strategy of Best Care for Everyone.

We are looking for an inspirational and ambitious leader who will work very closely with the wider management team.  There will be an opportunity to develop particular aspects of the role depending on your interest, and to enhance your skills in preparation for a more senior management post.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 28 August 2022

Focus Groups: Morning of Wednesday 28 September 2022 at Sandford Education Centre, CGH.

Interviews: Afternoon of Wednesday 28 September 2022 at Alexandra House, CGH

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Medical Director will focus, with the Medical Director, on providing strong clinical leadership, promoting the development of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  In this role, the Deputy Medical Director will assist and deputise for the Medical Director as part of a collaborative, cohesive team and, when necessary, take lead responsibility for corporate issues outside their immediate sphere of responsibility.

The Deputy Medical Director will contribute to the overall strategic development and day-to-day running of the Trust and will assist in the development and achievement of our corporate goals and objectives, and the performance of the organisation in meeting them.

It will be expected that the Deputy Medical Director will take personal responsibility for a number of specific areas which will depend on their experience and interests and the needs of our Trust.  These will be agreed immediately upon appointment but will change over time. 

Working for our organisation

We are a large organisation providing acute services from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester and Cheltenham General Hospital to a population of 652,475* in Gloucestershire as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and beyond.

Our workforce is almost 8,000 strong and our caring and dedicated staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred, high-quality emergency, elective and specialist care across a range of clinical areas.

 We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision of providing Best Care for Everyone and our success depends on the commitment and dedication of our staff, many of whom are world leaders in healthcare, teaching and research.  You could make a real difference to our patients’ lives by joining our team.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Details of the post are contained within the attached Role Description. 

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Carolyne Claydon, Lead Co-ordinator, Medical Directorate, either by phone on 07719 333870 or by email:

Person specification

Qualifications and training

Essential criteria
  • Medical qualification and Royal College membership
  • GMC registration
Desirable criteria
  • General management qualification / training

Special Skills & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experienced practising clinician with an in depth understanding of clinical leadership
  • The highest level of interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Able to lead and motivate others, strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyse highly complex organisational problems and develop and implement workable solutions
  • Ability to relate to a wide spectrum of NHS professionals with competing agendas and achieve organisation focused solutions to problems
  • Able to assess priorities and make decisions, quick to grasp a point, influence, persuade, give leadership and direction
  • Knowledge and understanding of key NHS issues, including national and local policy drivers that are complex and highly politicised
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to medical practice
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to inspire others
  • Service improvement and redesign techniques


Essential criteria
  • Senior professional with extensive experience of high-level leadership and management
  • Developing and implementing clinically related strategies to improve quality and efficiency of systems
  • Successful track record delivering high quality services in a large complex multi-disciplinary healthcare environment
  • Evidence of management of poor performance
  • Leading change in challenging environments
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of Quality Improvement methodology and implementation
  • Budgetary management experience

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Carolyne Claydon
Job title
Lead Coordinator - Medical Directorate
Email address
Telephone number
07719 333870