Chief Information Officer

Durdle Door

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Fancy pioneering new ways of digitally working?

Join our leadership team to spearhead the Trust’s transformational digital strategy in our Chief Information Officer role, moulding us into a ‘digital as usual’ organisation.

About the role

We are at an exciting phase in our transformational digital journey with the development of a new ‘digital first’ approach and we want you to be part of the leadership team that shapes and implements our Trust’s IT strategy and vision, in our Chief Information Officer role.

Our overall digital vision is to develop a unified, digitally mature infrastructure across our integrated health and care system, providing our staff and patients with seamlessly interconnected digital tools that empower our workforce to deliver exceptional care, quality, and safety for all patients across our inpatient and community mental health settings in Dorset.

Leading an IT team of c130 people you will manage a multi-million-pound annual budget and a significant programme of digital development projects, working closely alongside the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Chief Nursing Information Officer who will act as a link between the Clinical and IT teams in delivering technology into clinical areas.

Being highly organised and collaborative in driving forward the Trust’s Digital Transformation, your four areas of priority will be:

  • making Dorset HealthCare a ‘digital as usual’ organisation
  • using technology to maximise efficiency
  • empowering people to take more control of their own health by use of digital technology
  • encouraging and fostering digital skills across our workforce

You will pioneer new ways of working and promote the “art of the possible”, with your leadership skills enabling you to make the important strategic decisions that will drive measurable improvements in outcomes for patients and their experience of healthcare via the use of health information systems.

Alongside spearheading our corporate approach to the delivery of IT, you’ll also have the additional responsibility of deputising for the Director of Finance and Strategic Development as and when requested in matters relating to digital and IT, develop income generation possibilities to attract further business and funding, and manage the IT Directorate budget.

This is a full-time role with some flexibility over hours and location. The successful candidate will be expected to spend some time at Trust Headquarters in Poole to support the team, with opportunities to work from home or other locations as required.

If you would like a pre-application conversation with the Director of Finance and Strategic Development, or would like to discuss our generous relocation package, please contact Sandra North (Executive Assistant to the Director of Finance and Strategic Development) on 01202 277254 or via email to

Key stakeholders

Executive Medical Director: Prof. Faisil Sethi

Executive Director of Nursing, Therapies & Quality: Prof. Dawn Dawson

Director of Finance and Strategic Development: Matthew Metcalfe

Apply now

To apply for this role, please submit a full CV and and supporting statement of no more than 750 words outlining your suitability for the role. Please refer to the job description and person specification, and ensure you also complete the DBS Declaration form and Equal Opportunities form.

To submit your full CV and supporting statement, or if you have any application questions, please email Katie Noke, Resourcing Lead, at or on 01202 277221.

This is a Band 9 role and will be primarily based in Sentinel House (Poole), with scope for home working

Interviews will be held on the 15th, 16th and 17th February

Closing date is 7th February 

Matthew.png"As a CIO you will be the senior leader responsible for shaping and delivering our IT and Digital strategy and will lead an IT team of c130 people, manage a multimillion-pound annual budget, and a significant programme of development projects. We are committed to continuously improving the quality of outcomes for patients, supporting people live healthier lives, and being a great place to work. Our digital strategy is central to achieving this, and the CIO is key in delivering our success."
Matthew Metcalfe
Director of Finance and Strategic Development
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