**Secondment Opportunity**

At North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) things are changing.

We have recently appointed to a number of exciting leadership roles at NCIC. These recently appointed roles include a Medical Director - Operational Delivery, Medical Director - Professional Standards, Deputy Medical Director - Workforce, Deputy Medical Director - Patient Safety, Deputy Medical Director - Governance. These leadership roles will put us firmly on path to becoming truly clinically led, where the quality of patient care is at the heart of our decision making. These roles are part of a wider structural change that gives clinicians greater responsibility for the services they deliver.

It is an exciting time to join us as we work with the University of Cumbria and Imperial College London to launch the Cumbria Medical School in 2025. Our vision is to be a leading organisation for medical leadership, education and training.

The Trust currently has a £40m development programme for our West Cumberland Hospital site, and plans for a new £20m Community Diagnostic Centre proposed to open in 2024.

Due to our geography we deliver a broad range of clinical services which are not typically found in other district general hospitals, including interventional cardiology and vascular services.

We are fortunate to be located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. With the Lake District on our doorstep, Cumbria is a great place to call home.

Main duties of the job

The Trust is about to embark on a £40m programme to procure and implement a modular, integrated and interoperable electronic patient record (EPR).In doing so, we aim to provide our clinicians and partner clinicians with access to all the information they need about our patients seamlessly, at the point of care

We are now welcoming applications for the role of Deputy Medical Director - Digital / Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO). The successful postholder will lead the Trust with its use of digital technologies which are fit for the future, providing safer clinical care and enhancing patient safety.

To be successful you will have the skills, energy and enthusiasm to drive the change and innovation to help us deliver the best possible care. You will act as a bridge to enable colleagues to step into a digital future by role modelling and championing the opportunities. You will act as a translator between digital and clinical teams and protect patient interests and data. You will add a strong clinical voice to our leadership team and contribute to a culture which values professional excellence and enables our clinicians to be the best they can be.

To find out more, or to arrange a conversation with our Executive Medical Director Dr Adrian Clements, please contact either via telephone on 01228 814010 or via email louise.rossall@ncic.nhs.uk

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.

  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email: helpline@nacro.org.uk

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email advice@unlock.org.uk or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification

Qualification and Skills


  • Medical practitioner with current (unrestricted) GMC registration and an appointed Consultant on the specialist register
  • Extensive experience gained as a medical or dental Consultant
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Further training or experience in clinical leadership or supporting change management processes
  • Senior medical management / leadership experience
  • Proven financial management capabilities


  • Management Qualification or an equivalent portfolio of evidence
  • Project Management qualification
  • NHS leadership and management qualification or an equivalent portfolio of evidence
  • Post graduate management / clinical qualification or equivalent
  • Experience of working with other public sectors
  • Evidence of contributions to regional and national networks
  • National role and/or reputation in chosen field.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Leadership expertise in complex heath system
  • Track record of managing serious incidents with organisational reputational impact and delivering improvements to improve the quality and safety of patient experience
  • Experience of consultant and SAS appointments committees
  • Experience of managing poor performance and conduct matters including within an MHPS framework and up to date with MHPS case management training as well as recent experience with case management
  • Demonstrable experience as MHPS case manager
  • Good understanding of health system dynamics
  • Knowledge of evidence based policy making and NHS governance
  • A good understanding of how to use data and financial incentives to improve quality and productivity
  • Track record of delivering major change to deliver major change programme/s to transform clinical services
  • Experience in clinical leadership at a strategic level
  • Experience of operating in a complex, highly political environment
  • Experienced clinician with credibility and the ability to command the respect of all clinical and non-clinical professionals
  • Commitment to a devolved leadership framework, enabling decision making as close to service delivery as appropriate, to promote innovation and continuous improvement
  • Evidence of building effective partnerships and alliances, both internal and external to the organisation
  • Ability to work successfully in a large organisation and across organisational boundaries
  • Experience of developing an organisational culture that promotes clinical engagement in decision making and leading continuous change and improvement in services, encouraging the use of new clinical and service technologies.
  • Experience of effectively managing multi-million financial resources, workforce and facilities
  • Knowledge of risk management and governance within a regulated environment
  • Detailed understanding of HR best practice and policy and clinical implications
  • Knowledge of CQC, NHSEI and other regulatory bodies requirements
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of revalidation
  • Good understanding of national targets and performance management methodology


  • Knowledge and experience of working in a clinical network within the NHS
  • Good understanding of integrated models of care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community care and appreciation of NHS processes
  • Experience of working closely with patients and carers to bring about service improvements
  • Knowledge of communication and engagement strategy and planning
  • Good understanding of the health and social care management environment and of roles and responsibilities within it

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Excellent communication skills with a proven track record of engagement
  • Ability to lead and motivate others, strong influencing and negotiation skill
  • Proven track record of transformational leadership of services and enabling culture change in teams
  • Ability to think, act and write strategically and to articulate a clear sense of direction and vision to a wide audience
  • High degree of analytical and report writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Teaching abilities to engage a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong prioritisation skills with the ability to manage competing demands
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity
  • Ability to relate to a wide spectrum of NHS professionals with competing agendas and achieve organisation focused solutions to problems
  • Able to articulate and demonstrate leadership that enables diversity in all its forms to thrive
  • Evidence of delivery of complex projects from conception to delivery and evaluation
  • Proven track record of successful and sustained management of patient pathways
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate, manage conflict, feedback and coach
  • Ability to communicate with stakeholders and the media and convey complex messages to different recipient groups
  • Strong intellectual, strategic and systematic thinking skills and the ability to think creatively and laterally to achieve outcomes
  • Patient Focused: Understands how their role impacts on the patient journey, and a willingness to place the patient at the centre of what they do


  • Demonstrate effective system working and excellent collaboration skills.

Personal Circumstances


  • Inspirational leadership style with credibility, respect and knowledge, and the ability to manage people well
  • Collaboration and involvement with cross divisional teams/across the Trust
  • Stakeholder relationship building - internally and externally
  • Truly inclusive and able to lead on embracing difference
  • Engaging, motivational and able to support teams recognising great performance
  • Followership and leadership - consistently follows through decisions made
  • Compassionate, honest and aligned with the Trust's values.
  • Ownership, personal responsibility and accountability for delivering commitments
  • Gravitas and integrity - building confidence and assurance
  • Ambitious - "to develop/grow the business"
  • Strategic thinking, translating strategy into action
  • Effective at planning and organising
  • Commercially astute with a customer/patient focus
  • Personal resilience
  • Able to make decisions in a rapidly changing environment
  • Knows when to look for help
  • Demonstrably involves patients and the public in their work
  • Consistently puts clinicians at the heart of decision making
  • Values diversity and difference
  • Works across boundaries, looks for collective success, listens, involves , respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Actively develops themselves and others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and trust
  • Self-awareness and high emotional intelligence
  • Leads by example and is a highly visible role model
  • Integrity and a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
  • Displays warmth, sense of humour, stamina, drive and resilience
  • Commitment to Medical leadership and to quality standards of care, conduct and ethics
  • Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity

Other Requirements


  • Ability to participate on a senior medical rota to support the organisation
  • Ability to travel on Trust business within Cumbria and wider

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary





Employer's website

https://www.ncic.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Executive Medical Director

Dr Adrian Clements