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Chief Medical Officer  

Devon ICS
Competitive Salary
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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"Equal chances for everyone in Devon to lead long, happy and healthy lives."

About Devon

Devon is the fourth largest county in England with a diverse and growing population. It includes the cities of Plymouth and Exeter, more than 45 towns – both rural and urban – and several hundred parishes. 
It is home to two of the country’s 15 national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor) as well as two vibrant cities, many high-quality education opportunities and businesses.

Devon has a unique set of opportunities and challenges due to its combination of coastal, rural and urban communities. The population in Devon is older than the national average, with the higher levels of frailty that often accompany this.

As with many areas of the country, there are also increasing numbers of children and young people needing care and support. We also know that we need to shift to a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention for all in our population.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an exceptional clinical leader who is a registered medical practitioner with the regulatory body (GMC) and has a track record of significant experience of board level and/or system leadership within a health care environment to join our team and play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of our organisation, with a commitment to innovation, excellence, and equality. 

NHS Devon is responsible for commissioning £2.3 billion of health services in Devon. Our aim is to improve people’s lives – wherever they live in the county – to reduce health inequalities and ensure we can deliver these services for the long term.

As the organisation’s medical leader, you will collaborate closely with our Board, executive leadership, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders to drive forward our mission of commissioning outstanding healthcare services to the communities we serve.

Along with all ICBs in the country, we are currently in a period of significant organisational change, which involves fundamentally restructuring the whole organisation. As CMO, you will play a crucial role in leading the change, and inspiring and supporting staff through compassionate, inclusive, and impactful leadership.

You will support our ambitions by leading the development and delivery of our long-term clinical strategy, working alongside the Chief Nursing Officer and inspiring and influencing clinical and professional colleagues across Devon and the south west region, to ensure this reflects and integrates the strategies of all relevant partner organisations within the integrated care system (ICS), and the needs of our population. 

You will provide leadership that ensures collaborative working across organisational boundaries by building strong and trusting relationships with key system partners to generate buy in to a collective vision for integrated care and population health management; transforming the health and care system across Devon to enable change at system and partnership level. 

We are looking for a high-calibre individual with the ability to balance leading and empowering our organisation’s medical directorate, as well as clinical and professional leadership across the county to recognise and realise system-wide opportunities and drive improvement in the quality of our services for the benefit of the communities we serve, with a focus on population health and outcomes. 

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  We know through experience that the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. 

To find out more please contact

Julia St Clare,

Melanie Shearer, or

Emily Perry, or click on Apply to visit our dedicated microsite. 

Closing date: 19th April 2024
Final Interviews: w/c 13th May 2024  

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