Chief Medical Officer

Main area
Mental Health
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East London
22/01/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) is an award-winning organisation, acknowledged internationally for its delivery of high quality and cost-effective care. Recognised as Outstanding by the CQC, we are defined as a Trust by our clinical leadership, our focus on quality and our leading-edge research. This includes our World Health Organisation collaboration centre. This is a reflection of our desire to learn from the best and improve when things go wrong.  

We believe our future success will be built upon a continued focus on:

  • Our service users, whom we value as equal partners
  • Our staff, whom we empower and develop at every level and in every discipline
  • Our partners, with whom we actively participate on initiatives to improve the health of local people in London, Luton and Bedfordshire and reduce health inequalities
  • Quality, as can be evidenced from our trust-wide Quality Improvement Programme. 

We are seeking an exceptional Chief Medical Officer to join our driven, stable and cohesive executive team. Providing influential clinical leadership, you will inspire our clinicians, staff and partners to build on our reputation of delivering the highest quality mental health and community care in a complex and increasingly integrated health economy. Your excellent leadership and interpersonal skills will be complemented by a strategic mind-set and an ability to identify innovative solutions to challenges. You will have a track record of incorporating research and best practice into clinical services and be able to demonstrate your legacy of being a driving force behind service improvement. Importantly, too, you will have a passion for ensuring meaningful involvement of service users and carers in the planning, development and monitoring of services.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

please contact Rebecca Bridger at our recruitment partners, Hunter Healthcare, on 0207 935 4570.

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