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Clinical Lead in Vascular Surgery


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Fixed term: 3 years
Part time - 1 session per week
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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT
£84,559 - £114,003 pa pro rata, per annum
Salary period
12/12/2021 23:59

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


Clinical Lead in Vascular Surgery 

The Clinical Lead roles exist to assist the Specialty Director and Triumvirate in leading the cross-county strategic development and operational delivery of their specialty.  The post holders will be responsible for leading the delivery of clinical services and within the Trust's financial, workforce, operational targets and strategic objectives.  Specifically this will involve delivery of a Hybrid Theatre and Specialist Vascular ward in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Furthermore the Clinical Lead will be expected to ensure the delivery of a robust high quality and equitable service across all three hospitals within the Vascular Network (Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Cheltenham General Hospital and Great Western Hospital).  These are defined in the Service Level Agreement for the Network and supported by universal Key performance indicators defined within this document.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the highest quality clinical service and achievement to include: Meeting national targets e.g. 2ww, 28 day, 62 day.
  • Clinical harm reviews.
  • Current and future National quality indicators e.g . PAD-QIF, National Stroke Strategy NAAASP pathway.

They will also be responsible for:

  • Developing 1, 3 and 5 year strategy plans with the Tri Work force planning.
  • Supporting the Governance/audit lead.
  • Provide clinical input to our commissioners for pathway development, quality control and referral patterns.
  • Interface with the Trust's procurement, audit and management departments Support job planning process.
  • Organise and attend business performance meetings for their Specialty Support governance/audit leads in their roles.
  • Acting as the service line representative when the Specialty Director is on leave or unavailable Contributing to external reviews and Regulators.

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 staffs 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. 

*Figures based CCG data on the number of people registered at a GP surgery in Gloucestershire

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Please refer to Person Specification - Appendix 2 in the attached job description 

Key Working Relationships:

  Within Specialty/



Within Division

Wider Networks

General Manager

Chief of Service


Modern Matron/Lead Nurse

Divisional Director of Operations

Education Leads

Specialty Director &


Divisional Director of Quality

& Nursing


Other Specialty Directors & Clinical Leads

Other Divisional Links & Specialties as required (e.g. Pathology/Radiology)



Finance, HR, Safety, Information, Patient Experience Links



 Setting Direction

Stand back from day-to-day activities: concentrate on major issues and long-term policy.  Demonstrate awareness of the national and local context: include consideration of the constraints, trust pressures and priorities and the impact of specialty decisions on other services. Working with other stakeholders (above), generate innovative solutions and consensus decision-making that deliver a sensible delivery plan.  

Continually Improving Services

Gather and analyse performance data.

Involve the team in service improvement decisions and processes, fostering a culture of continuous innovation and improvement.

  • Challenge the way things are done currently where necessary.
  • Encourage others to improve services and recognise and reward innovation and improvement.
  • Anticipate the impact of other divisional or organisational changes that will affect the delivery of the services the Specialty Director represents.

Managing Services

  • Actively focus on achieving results, ensuring service delivery that is safe, up-to-date and meets current Trust objectives and targets.
  • Manage staffing and clinical resources effectively.
  • Take appropriate action to rectify performance problems as they arise.

Personal Qualities

Self-awareness: Demonstrate understanding of personal strengths and development needs and the impact of behaviours on others. Seek regular feedback from colleagues.

Self-management: Take action to make the most of/build on strengths and develop strategies to improve areas for development - both as a leader and as a clinician.

Engage in appropriate training to develop your capabilities.

Lead by example: Demonstrate personal and leadership qualities:

  • Personal enthusiasm and integrity
  • Resilience
  • Visibility and accessibility
  • Trustworthiness and honesty
  • Intellectual agility and flexibility
  • Openness to new ideas and innovation

Person specification

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Leadership/Management
  • Evidence of leadership and/or people management (inc persuasion/negotiation and conflict management)
  • Service Improvement – (must include improved quality/safety)
  • Personal enthusiasm & integrity
  • Resilience
  • Visibility and accessibility
  • Trustworthiness & honesty
  • Intellectual agility & flexibility
  • Sound judgement
  • Openness to innovation
  • “Corporate Role Model”
Desirable criteria
  • Clinician of at least 12 months demonstrating successful clinical practice and good reputation
  • Leadership/management programme
  • Financial and budgetary awareness
  • Broader picture/agenda
  • External work roles – e.g. professional body or the Deanery
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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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Mr David Cooper
Job title
Specialty Director Breast, Urology and Vascular
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 2222