Chief People Officer

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Permanent
  • East Grinstead, South East
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Chief People Officer
Date posted:9th October 2023
Closing date:10th November 2023

Attractive Salary – East Grinstead (min. 3 days per week) 

Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust (QVH) is a specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services for people across the South of England. Their world-leading clinical teams also treat common conditions of the hands, eyes, skin, and teeth for the people of East Grinstead and the surrounding areas. In addition, QVH provides a minor injuries unit, expert therapies, a sleep service, and a growing portfolio of community-based services. Patients consistently rate QVH amongst the top hospitals in the country for quality of care.  

With a new Chief Executive, QVH is entering an exciting new chapter in its history. As such, the Trust are seeking a Chief People Officer (CPO), to lead the workforce and organisational development functions, ensuring that they serve the needs of clinical and non-clinical departments across the Trust and work in collaboration with staff and staff representatives.  Maintaining a fully engaged and supported, well-motivated, highly skilled, and high-performing workforce,  the CPO will transform the workforce to ensure it is fit for the future, while fostering the best aspects of QVH’s organisational culture, specifically compassion, inclusivity, and fairness.   

Ambitious, highly visible, engaging, you will easily demonstrate your track record of success in delivering a programme of organisational development initiatives, designed to shape an organisation’s culture. You will have the relevant NHS knowledge as well as the leadership skills to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders that will affect transformational change. Your ability to inspire others and set out a clear strategic direction will be underpinned by your belief in a set of values which demonstrate commitment to the organisation and its future.  

Closing date for applications: 10 November 2023

Please note that final panel interviews will be held of Friday 08 December, at QVH, and no alternative dates will be offered. 

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) outlining your motivation to join QVH and how you feel you meet the essential experience criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include details of two referees in either your CV or covering letter, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please also include details of your current salary, notice period and minimum salary expectation for the role.
  • Once your application has been received, you will be asked to complete a Fit and Proper Persons Self-Declaration.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Helene Usherwood on +44(0)7719 322 669 or or Heather I’anson on +44(0)7743 214 771 or via email at

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Any questions?

If you have any questions about your application, please get in touch.