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Job Vacancy: Director of Sustainable Development- Deadline 30/06/20


NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and they can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation. Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage. They are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. They are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins the values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables the employees to support the effective care of their patients.

The Role

The primary job will be to get the NHS to net zero as rapidly as possible. A route map is being modelled by the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel. The role will be to take that work, and design and drive implementation. You will provide leadership for all NHS activity on sustainable development. This role offers a highly unusual opportunity to make an impact at a national scale, both on climate change and on health, by changing many facets of how the NHS and its wider supply chains work. They are looking for an outstanding individual who has the optimal blend of:

  • Subject expertise to be highly credible as the NHS’s most senior national leader on sustainability issues both at home and internationally;
  • Skill to help design complex changes;
  • Ability to grow an effective team, delivery networks and mobilise the huge energy and appetite in the NHS workforce to progress the green NHS agenda;
  • Energy and focus on delivering against quantified targets. This is delivery rather than an ambassadorial role.

They welcome applicants from outside as well as within the UK. Reporting to the National Director of Strategy, you will be part of the NHS’s senior leadership team.

Further information

Full details regarding the role are available online. Please note the deadline for applications is 30th June 2020.

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