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Thank you for choosing to find out more about these exciting opportunities for experienced people and organisational development professionals to bring their leadership skills to support the development of health and care services for the people of Derbyshire.  We hope that the information on this site will give you a flavour of the Derbyshire Health and Care System, our joined up approach, and the journey, ambition and challenges of each of our organisations.

‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’ is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for all providers and commissioners of health and care services in the Derbyshire system.  We are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our populations and to ensure services are accessible with improved outcomes and experience for patients, services users and their families and carers.  Within the Derbyshire system, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHcFT) and Derbyshire Community Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) are the major providers of Mental Health, Substance Misuse and wider specialist services such as eating disorders (DHcFT) and Community (DHCS). Both trusts provide Children’s Universal and Learning Disability services across the county, with DHcFT in the city and South Derbyshire and DCHS in North Derbyshire.

DHcFT and DCHS have been working together increasingly closely over the last couple of years and we have established a shared People Services function which is hosted by DCHS. This successfully serves both organisations and has delivered both quality and efficiency.  Amanda Rawlings has fulfilled the Director of People position in both Trusts over the last couple of years as we have established our joint service function. Amanda has been exceptional in this role and she is leaving us in March to be the Director of Workforce and OD for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. 

Whilst our organisations will continue to find even more ways to work together, we have decided that it is unsustainable for this to remain a joint post; the transformation of the workforce is such a huge agenda which is critical to the sustainability of the future NHS.  Our organisations have much in common, but we are also faced with some very different challenges and distinct areas in which we need to focus.  We are therefore now each looking for a new strategically focused Board Director who will lead our people functions and we are running a joint campaign to attract experienced and innovative leaders to come to work with us in Derbyshire.  Both these roles are exceptional opportunities for ambitious leaders to influence and shape health and care services in our organisations and within the wider system.

DHcFT are seeking a Director of People and Inclusion.  Being ‘positively inclusive’ is a key strand of our strategy and an important emphasis within this role’s responsibilities.  The Mental Health agenda is high profile within the Long Term Plan for the NHS and demand for our services is growing.  The Trust has a commitment to a clear ‘people first’ agenda and is seeing an ongoing increase in the number of colleagues recommending the Trust as a place to work.  We have recently completed a comprehensive review by the CQC and, following positive feedback, are looking forward to receiving the outcome of this inspection shortly.  Having a stable leadership team for a number of years has enabled the Trust to focus on a number of innovative inclusion activities and we are proud to have been involved in spearheading inclusion campaigns at a local and national level.

DCHS are seeking a Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness.  We at the heart of system reform in the NHS with our focus on the preventative agenda and on ensuring patients receive high quality care as close to home as possible. Recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC we have much to celebrate although we have never been complacent, and we continue to seek opportunities to innovate and collaborate.   Our commitment to people; both staff and patients is fundamental to the way in which our organisation has flourished.  This is a role in an established and high performing team supporting our journey of continual improvement in a dynamic operating environment.  

Our track record of development in and between both our Trusts is strong and we are recognised for the person-centred ethos that we have embedded through highly committed workforces that demonstrate compassion and empathy in delivering safe, complex, high quality healthcare services every day. 

Please do read further to find out more about us and these opportunities and contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson for an initial discussion; Emma Pickup on 0113 205 6296.

We really look forward to meeting you during the process.

Tracy Allen                                                                                                            
Chief Executive                                                                                                   
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust           

Ifti Majid

Chief Executive 

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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