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Priory Hospital Chelmsford, Stump Lane, Springfield, Essex, CM1 7SJ

Priory Group Division






Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

Job Advert Location Description

Situated within three acres of landscaped grounds, Priory Hospital Chelmsford is an independent hospital that specialises in the treatment and management of adults and adolescents with a range of mental health problems.  There is a highly experienced team of mental health professionals and support staff, which include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and therapists.

The hospital offers calming and recovery focused residential treatment for up to 60 service users, as well as day care and outpatient services, including separate facilities for young people.

We provide expert treatment for the following services:

Eating disorders
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Addiction services

Our highly experienced multidisciplinary team deliver personalised treatment programmes alongside the use of a wide range of therapies

Job Advert Role Description

The Hospital Director will have accountability for the financial and operational performance of the hospital. This includes setting the standard by leading the Hospital Senior Management Team (SMT) and taking ownership for cost control, budgeting, and ensuring regulatory requirements are satisfied. The Hospital Director will also be the Registered Manager; responsible for the delivery of day-to-day services in line with legal requirements.


  • Accountability for the hospital and its commercial performance.
  • Leads and manages the Hospital Senior Management team (SMT) across all aspects of day to day business deliverables including monitoring performance in relation to quality performance indicators (QPIs) and performance manage sites where improvement is required.
  • Alongside Managing Director, maintain oversight and lead on the management of clinical risk at site.
  • Accountable to ensure the service performs to agreed targets for business planning, financial performance (meeting both planned revenue and EBITDA) and quality and care standards.
  • To proactively use management information to effectively identify areas of underperformance and to put action plans in place to deliver improvements to the required standard using performance management interventions where appropriate.
  • Take an active role in the budget setting process with the finance manager.
  • Lead and develop a culture where the very highest standards of safety, quality and excellent patient care are consistently delivered and lead improvements and innovation in the delivery of services.
  • Consistently consider continuous improvement strategies whilst ensuring services are delivered efficiently and within budget.
  • Responsible, accountable & oversight of Clinical Governance at site including Chairing of Clinical Governance Meetings
  • Oversight of Health and Safety at site
  • Review any audit or inspection reports and recommendations ensuring compliance with all statutory regulatory bodies and company policies and procedures, responding to and acting upon any recommendations from CQC as well as complaints from residents concerning safeguarding.
  • Manage and respond to all complaints relating to residents in a timely manner
  • Develops and maintains strategic external relationships with support from the business development team.
  • Establishes and directs a recruitment and retention plan designed to meet future staffing needs and to drive down staff turnover, and agency spend.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that there is a robust succession plan in place for Hospital SMT.
  • Work closely with all regional support functions including Quality, Finance, Business Development and HR.
  • To ensure adherence to Priory Group Health & Safety policies and procedures.
  • Work closely and utilise all corporate functions available within the matrix structure to ensure the hospital performs at the highest possible levels.
  • To manage all risks to the Hospital’s external and public reputation, leveraging opportunities to enhance reputation.
  • Undertake the responsibility of managing and monitoring all aspects of confidentiality and security arrangements in respect of service user records, undertaking the duties of ‘Caldicott Guardian’ (under the direction of the Group Caldicott Guardian) for the site.
  • To manage and form part of on call for site
  • You will be expected to provide cover and support to the wider team and site as and when needed

Knowledge / Education / Skills

  • Educated to degree level or with a relevant health or social care professional registration. Postgraduate qualification desirable.
  • Passionate about providing high quality care
  • Strong organisational skills, ability to prioritise and multi-task.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity within the organisation but continue to lead the team
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision-making skills essential.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Can work well under pressure.
  • Passionate about continuous improvement with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in organisation change.
  • The ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously in a highly dynamic environment.


  • Extensive experience working at a senior level; preferably within a similar setting.
  • Seasoned leader, with operational and financial planning experience.
  • Experience of commercial accountability for cost control and financial performance.
  • Experience of making informed decisions sometimes in difficult circumstances.
  • Experience of leading a diverse team.
  • Extensive managerial & leadership experience with a thorough understanding of developing services for healthcare.
  • Strong record of accomplishment of innovation and making changes to the operation to further improve the work environment and site performance.

Excellent verbal and non-verbal communications including awareness of impact of communication on desired audience. Can flex communication style dependant on situation and message.

Leadership- Direct leadership for Hospital Senior Management team and indirect leadership for the full hospital team.
Budgets & Equipment- Direct responsibility for budget management and cost control within the hospital.
Information- Shared responsibility for the confidentiality, security and accuracy of staff and patient records, data and information. Ensuring good quality patient documentation, which meets the Regulatory guidelines and statutory requirements.

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