NHS England is on the search for its new Chief Operating Officer, who will replace Amanda Pritchard following her promotion to CEO earlier this year. Ms Pritchard’s successor will need to be “an ambitious and inspiring leader”, “strong” and able to “suspend ego”, according to the NHSE advert. The new recruit will be responsible for operational delivery by the NHS in England, supporting the development of ICSs, leading oversight and delivery of the Long Term Plan.
NHSE has stressed there will now be an open recruitment process for the substantive COO role. Some have criticised national bodies and Government in recent years for filling top posts without advertising them.
The new COO will face challenges including the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, care backlogs, implementing the NHS’s future plans and adjusting the NHS’s structuring in line with the Health and Care Bill legislation. The salary range for the job is extremely senior manager level 3, which is between £161,601 and £191,900.
At present, Mark Cubbon is acting as NHSE’s interim COO, having previously been the deputy COO. Mr Cubbon is a dormer Portsmouth Hospital Trust chief executive. Applications for the role close at midnight on the 12 October 2021.