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Interim 3-6 month secondment – Chief Operating Officer

Interim 3-6 month secondment – Chief Operating Officer. 

Salary £80-100K depending on experience

The role is offered for an immediate start as a three to six month secondment only.  Fixed term appointments or contractors/consultants will not be considered.

The 15 Academic Health Science Networks have been awarded a further 5 year licence period. The West of England AHSN covers the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), Gloucestershire, Swindon, B&NES and Wiltshire footprint. We are commissioned by our local members as well as NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences.

Our role is to develop exemplar patient safety and quality improvement programmes, support innovators and stimulate innovation, and support the adoption and spread of proven improvements be they pathway initiatives, new care models, med tech devices or digital solutions.

The structure of the Corporate Team, showing where the Chief Operating Officer sits
The structure of the Corporate Team, showing where the Chief Operating Officer sits

The role

Our Chief Operating Officer holds a central role leading the AHSN’s business planning processes, its governance, financial systems and HR processes. This enables us to deliver our vision effectively and act rapidly to deliver the organisations multi-faceted business plan. In addition the Chief Operating Officer is the lead Director for the relationship with key local West of England stakeholders and the link Director with the BNSSG Sustainability and Transformation Plan. You will also deputise for the Managing Director at local, regional and National forums and events.

If you are interested in continuous improvement, innovation and working at the interface between the NHS, industry and academia and seeing the opportunities and benefits this can create for patients and staff in the NHS then this is the role for you. We are a small organisation but in our first five year licence we made a big impact and have great track record at system wide improvement and change.

You must have a proven track record of senior operational leadership and management in a complex organisation, be a “can do” person with the right attitude embracing opportunities for development, transformation and improvement. The work of the West of England AHSN is at the cutting edge so you must feel comfortable working in the “grey areas” and be able to help teams create the structures required to deliver large and often complex programmes of work. This is an exciting role and would suit someone intent on developing their system wide networking skills for delivery.


How to apply

Applications should be via CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and why you feel you would make a great candidate.  Interviews will be held in Bristol on 25 May. For an informal conversation please contact Natasha Swinscoe, Managing Director on 0117 9002604 or