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Associate Director of Healthcare Scientists

Grade 8c

Main area
Care Group Management
Grade 8c
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£65,664 - £75,874 pa pro rata
Salary period
27/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and strategically minded senior leader to join University Hospital Southampton in this new role of Associate Director of Health Care Scientists.   

We are looking for a Senior Health Care Scientist to lead our workforce of Healthcare Scientists within UHS (currently over 230WTE), and help shape and influence the agenda of the Professional Workforce.  You will be responsible for the delivery of safe, effective, and sustainable care to our patients and for championing and driving innovation across this staff group.  You will work closely with Divisional and Executive teams, whilst being responsive to a constantly evolving environment and ensuring local plans reflect the national and regional direction of travel.

We are committed to your career development and offer a supportive, flexible, and collaborative working environment. We would be happy to discuss how this role can work alongside a clinical role. 

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

 University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is well on its way to becoming an ‘Outstanding’ trust, with world class people delivering world class care. As the major university hospital on the south coast, we provide tertiary medical and surgical specialties to over 3.7 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands.  Through our long-standing values of Patients First, Working Together and Always Improving, we are proud of the care we provide and the outcomes we achieve.

Located in the beautiful county of Hampshire, we have vibrant and historic towns and cities, pretty villages and rolling countryside – with the famous New Forest on our doorstep.  With great schools, diverse communities and cultures, good accessibility to Southampton and Heathrow airports with speedy train links to London, we are situated in a wonderful part of the country.  

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

You will be responsible for providing high-level operational and strategic business planning and leadership to ensure our Divisional HP Scientists provide high quality patient care and achieves its performance objectives. You will:

  • Support the development and implementation of Nursing, Midwifery and Professions Strategy
  • Lead on development of system-wide clinical pathways and cross-organisational relationships as part of the integrated care system.
  • Promote the continuing professional development of all Professions staff and foster a culture which encourages them to be innovative, challenging in the interests of patient care and to take on professional leadership for the delivery of high standards of care
  • Lead on Health Care Scientists recruitment and retention ensuring effective staffing levels across the Trust

What we’re looking for

To be successful and gain the most from our opportunity at UHS, we will need you to bring:

  • A proven track record of transformational change that delivered service improvement and benefit
  • Significant Professions and Healthcare Scientist experience in Health Care and/or social care setting
  • Knowledge of national Professions and Healthcare Scientist agenda including experience of managing professional issues, revalidation, and code of conduct
  • Excellent interpersonal, team development, leadership, and communications skills - committed to building positive working partnerships with senior managers, staff, and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders
  • The ability to demonstrate and live our UHS Values and share our vision and direction for the division and the trust in a spirit of collaboration and compassion.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to Degree level
  • Postgraduate training to Masters Level or equivalent
  • Current Registration with the Health Professions Council
Desirable criteria
  • Leadership qualification and/or ability to demonstrate leadership principles and practice


Essential criteria
  • Significant Professions and Healthcare Scientist experience in Health Care and/or social care setting
  • Demonstrable management experience within a large and complex organisation
  • Demonstrable record of achievement in the delivery of transformational change that delivered service improvement and benefit
  • Clinical skills at senior level in Professions and/or Healthcare Scientist
Desirable criteria
  • Up to date clinical practice
  • Experience of managing projects

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of national Professions and Healthcare Scientist agenda including experience of managing professional issues, revalidation and code of conduct
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to inspire staff with authentic and credible leadership qualities
  • Able to lead and motivate others, strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Evidence of continuing personal and professional development
  • Demonstrable credibility in relationships with a broad diversity of professionals
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key national and policy initiatives and drivers relating to Professions and Healthcare Scientist services
  • Knowledge and understanding of key NHS issues, including national and local policy drivers
  • Ability to cope with highly complex organisational issues and manage competing agendas
  • Interpersonal skills capable of generating commitment among partners and key stakeholders to the strategic agenda and the benefits of working in partnership - Working in partnership - Learning and development - Staff welfare and development - Improving performance through team working
  • Ability to cope with highly complex clinical or management issues when working with competing agendas and opinions and where judgment and decision making maybe required
Desirable criteria
  • Excellent analytical skills

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Develops trust and integrity with others
  • Confident and professional approach; good role model who can maintain constructive working relationships at all levels
  • Excellent planning/ organisational skills with the ability to work under pressure with competing and ambitious deadlines
  • Highly motivated, self-aware and personally resilient
  • IT literate: Proficient in using Microsoft office applications and other software applications
  • Exhibits capability of thinking analytically, as well as keeping the main goal in focussing progress towards it
  • Demonstrates a clear commitment to excellence. In order to achieve excellence in all areas
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries and developing productive partnership arrangements
  • Car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Gail Byrne
Job title
Chief Nursing/AHP Officer
Email address
Telephone number
023 8120 4953
Additional information

Louisa Green – Divisional Head of Nursing/AHP’s

023 8120 5731


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