Director of Strategy and Change

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
21st May 2023
17th June 2023
Job Type
Salary (£)
80,000/year - 100,000/year
North East


Salary Band: VSM

Location: Flexible working with regular office presence required

About Us

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a high-performing organisation with a strong and positive culture, where our staff live our values every day. We deliver care that is compassionate and always has the person in the centre. Over 87% of our services are rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, and the Trust is rated as ‘Good’ overall. We are a values-driven organisation and are committed to ensuring the Trust is a Great Place to Work . As a Trust, we are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and continuously improving and developing our services. Using inclusive approaches to communication, involvement and engagement and by working closely with the local communities, we will seek to continually to develop and improve our services ensuring that they that are person-centred, culturally sensitive.

The Trust is a specialist provider of mental health, learning disability and autism services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide community physical health services to the people of Barnsley. Most of the care we provide is delivered in local communities by our 4,600 staff with an annual income of £290m. We also provide low and medium secure forensic mental health care to people across the whole of Yorkshire and specialist mental health support into Wetherby Young Offenders’ Institution.

We play a significant role to play in both the West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Integrated Care Systems (ICS) working with partners to integrate health and care services to meet the needs of our diverse populations. We lead the provider collaboratives for adult secure services across both West and South Yorkshire.

About the Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Director of Strategy and Change to join our Trust to further our vision to provide outstanding physical, mental and social care in a modern health and care system. This opportunity comes at a time of significant change in the health and social care landscape with the pandemic further highlighting the inequalities we need to address in our society and increasing demand for our services.

We are seeking to appoint a values-driven, innovative leader of transformational change, who will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the Trust’s organisational strategy. Working closely with the Chief Executive, Mark Brooks, the postholder will be responsible for leading the Trust’s integrated change model which is focused on the continual development of an improvement and innovation culture across the organisation. 

In addition, the postholder will be required to lead, develop and implement a communications strategy which supports the Trust’s objectives, and promotes a culture of engagement and inclusivity. Furthermore, they will also have executive responsibility for the Trust communications, our approach to stakeholder engagement, and will be the executive lead for sustainability &social responsibility, EDI, and digital innovation. We operate within a complex stakeholder environment. The Director of Strategy and Change will also be required to quickly build trusted relationships with our Board, Governors, service users, carers, staff, and partners within the wider systems at regional and place-based levels. 

About the Person

This is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced, inspirational transformation leader who has a successful track record in shaping and translating strategic visions into deliverable operational plans. The ideal candidate will be a business enabling leader who is genuinely passionate about creative transformation, innovation, and partnership working. You will be an emotionally intelligent leader with exceptional communication skills who engenders confidence, strong collaborations, and partnership working. Furthermore, you will possess the flair and charisma to quickly build credibility with our large, diverse and multi-skilled workforce, and be comfortable and authentic in engaging with our wide range of stakeholders. Additionally, you will role-model inclusive leadership behaviours which align with our Trust Values. This is a rare opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. You must demonstrate presence, dynamism, energy, vision, and passion; engaging people by the way you communicate the Trust’s strategic priorities, behave and interact with others.

If you’d like to discuss the roles or selection process in more detail, our Executive Search Partners at Green Park would welcome a conversation with you. For more information contact or or visit to apply now.

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 18th June 2023

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