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Introduction from Catherine Beardshaw, Chief Executive 

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. This is an exciting and challenging time to join the Aintree team.

Aintree University Hospital has some world-class specialist services, very good general acute services and provides an increasing number of high-quality services from community settings in conjunction with our partners. The population which we serve has some of the greatest health challenges in Europe.

We have recently seen a number of strategic developments including the intention that Aintree and the Walton Centre will be the single receiving site for the regional Major Adult Trauma Centre collaborative. In addition, work starts shortly on our two-year £20m Urgent Care and Theatres development, which will significantly improve our Accident and Emergency Department, assessment areas, Cardiology Department and Critical Care Department. Aintree is also a member of Liverpool Health Partners, the regional Academic Health Sciences System, and QUEST, a national quality and safety collaborative for high performing Foundation Trusts.

The NHS has entered a period of unprecedented change, and faces challenges which may last for decades. We can no longer rely on what has worked so well for us in the past if we are to continue our success. We need to be more focused, more flexible and we must make ourselves Fit for the Future.

To support this, Aintree has already introduced a new clinical leadership structure for our divisions and clinical business units, establishing clinicians as the responsible officers. This model sees the Clinical Head of Division working very closely with the Divisional Chief Operating Officer and the Divisional Nurse. This clinical leadership model is reflected in our Clinical Business Units, ensuring that we are well placed to respond to opportunities and engage with potential partners.

This is supported by our Organisational Development strategy, which will ensure that all staff have the training and support they need to play their part, and know how their work is contributing to our corporate priorities.

The next few years are vital for us, particularly as the NHS is changing rapidly at a time when patient expectations are higher than ever before. We must achieve our aims and deliver our developments to improve services without compromising our quality, performance or financial standards. It will be a challenging time, but it will also be a time when we can make real, sustainable differences to the quality of patient care.

I hope you are excited by the challenge this opportunity presents and that you will be inspired to apply.

Yours faithfully

Catherine Beardshaw
Chief Executive
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust