Offerd Salary:£56,164 - £65,262
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 12 month
Working Time:Full time
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Head of Therapies Band 8b

Main area

Clinical Support Services


Band 8b


Fixed term: 12 months


  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
  • 37.5 hours per week (Part time / Flexible working will be considered.)

    Job ref



    Southampton General Hospital




    £56,164 - £65,262 pa or pa pro rata

    Salary period



    29/01/2023 23:59

    Interview date

    Job overview

    We are looking for a compassionate, collaborative and values driven leader to join us on a 12-month secondment as our interim Head of Therapies, leading our brilliant Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams - working across both inpatients and outpatients. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to stretch and test your compassionate leadership skills with the support and encouragement of a dedicated senior leadership team.

    We are the major teaching hospital and acute NHS Trust on the South Coast, providing services for local residents as well specialist services for people across the region and further afield. With c13,000 staff, operating 24/7, 365 days a year we are also a major centre for teaching and research in partnership with the University of Southampton, the Medical Research Council and the Welcome Trust.

    Main duties of the job

    Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

    For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

    Working for our organisation What we can offer you

    As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

    All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

    Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities Job overview

    You are critical to our ability to deliver high quality patient care within our Trust, our wider system partners and in the communities we serve. Managing a large therapy team of around 300 staff, you will lead on strategy, planning and budgetary control with your internal and external stakeholders, ensuring the operational delivery of safe and clinically effective Therapy Services. You will have the support and guidance of our reassuring and encouraging senior team, to coach, mentor and train you as you develop into the role.

    You will be able to demonstrate your excellent communication skills; your focus will be on collaboration and compassionate leadership; you will work across UHS, and beyond, to ensure our services are meeting the demands of our patients and system stakeholders.

    Importantly, you will live and breathe our values, working with your immediate teams and wider leaders within the organisation to promote, engage and support diversity of talent, therapy expertise and innovation. You will inspire, develop and support every one of us to live our values; every patient, every colleague, every day.

    What you'll do You will
  • Be a qualified Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, working with colleagues to lead the strategic development and financial controls of our high quality, patient focused Therapy Service
  • Begin to take the leading role in developing services to meet the changing clinical demands of the communities we serve
  • With support, act as a senior professional lead for all therapy staff working within the therapy service department, representing the service with senior colleagues and stakeholders in UHS and in our integrated care system
  • Demonstrate your compassionate, collaborative and values driven leadership style, building positive and long-term professional partnerships
  • What we're looking for
  • With your senior clinical leadership experience - you will have held budget responsibility and led a clinical service working in multi- disciplinary teams, in organisations of scale and operational complexity
  • A demonstrable understanding of the role of therapy services within the current evolving health environment - and a track record of leading on clinical governance.
  • A compassionate and collaborative leader who can influence and deliver change and work collegiately with key stakeholders across our Trust - and in our wider health and social care system
  • You will be a supportive manager who can engage, empower and support career growth in your teams
  • What's key is that you listen, are patient and resilient and are passionate about our values: Patients First, Working Together, Always Improving.
  • Additional Information

    The closing date is 29th January 2023.

    Interviews are planned for the afternoon of Tuesday 7th February 2023

    An online UHS Stakeholder Session will also form part of the appointment process.

    If you would like an informal conversation, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]

    We would love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you're ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

    Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • Postgraduate training to Masters Level or equivalent senior level experience
  • Current Registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Leadership qualification and/or ability to demonstrate leadership principles and practice
  • Demonstrable management experience within a large and complex organisation
  • Clinical skills at a senior level as a qualified Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist
  • Up to date clinical practice
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Experience working in a senior position either clinically or managerially
  • Previous experience of budgetary management. Ability to seek funding where appropriate including bid applications
  • Evidence of strong leadership and team-working skills
  • Evidence of managing/facilitating change/redesign in a health care setting with a successful outcome
  • Continued Professional Development Portfolio including evidence of reflective practice, training, courses attended, and clinical experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of therapy services within the current evolving health environment.
  • In-depth understanding of all aspects of Clinical Governance including previous experience of quality issues, risk management and management of complaints.
  • Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience as Professional Lead in a teaching hospital environment
  • Skills Essential criteria
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills. Ability to plan, prioritise and delegate workloads.
  • Expert level of relevant clinical specialist knowledge.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities to effectively manage the therapy service
  • Conduct professional affairs in a confident and assertive manner
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Able to effectively set and manage the therapy budget.
  • Ability to empower individuals by fostering adult working relationships.
  • Ability to instigate innovative changes to working practice to meet the changing healthcare climate
  • Ability to make decisions (both clinically and managerially) based on partial information and own knowledge, experience and skills
  • Ability to develop working relationships locally, regionally and nationally
  • Ability to manage change and contain conflict ensuring resolution with positive outcomes
  • Desirable criteria
  • Competent IT skills: ability to create and/or format databases and/or spreadsheets using computerised systems
  • Values Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

    How and why we use your information

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges 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
  • Job Description (PDF, 375.6KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 160.8KB)
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    Job title

    Senior Recruitment Team

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