Identifying high-calibre senior talent across the whole of the NHS.

NHS Executive Search

NHS Executive and Sub Board Search 

We know how challenging and time-consuming recruiting NHS senior talent can be. What makes a senior leader excel in one NHS organisation, may not ring true when placed in another organisation – no matter how similar the role. This is where we can help you identify the right candidate for the right NHS organisation based on skill set, personality, and organisational culture. 

We have a team of highly experienced NHS executive search consultants, who work in partnership with our Odgers Berndtson colleagues, to recruit leadership roles into all specialisms. Our knowledge and experience span provider trusts, ICBs and national organisations. We adopt an ambassadorial role when speaking with candidates to ensure we are sharing your Trust’s message and acting fully on your behalf.

We immerse ourselves into every candidate brief so we can genuinely understand which characteristics, aptitude and experience will ensure a candidate excels in the role. 

How we can help you find the right candidate

As part of the Odgers Berndtson group, we have access to the highest calibre of NHS talent from the UK, North America and Asia Pacific.

We provide you with a shortlist of diverse candidates from healthcare and other sectors where transferable skills and experience are evident. Inclusion and Diversity is a key component to every process we support, and we have a strong record of delivery. As a team we are committed to the NHS, we have a values-based approach to everything we do and are dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for our clients and candidates. 

Our specific area of focus is substantive sub-board level positions typically from the Band 8D and Band 9AFC level and non-board VSM positions. We are often asked to support newly created positions and we specialise in supporting trusts with the most challenging to fill positions.  

NHS Organisations we partner with include:
  • National bodies that oversee and regulate NHS services
  • NHS partner organisations
  • Integrated Care Boards
  • Primary care organisations
  • Acute (hospital) trusts
  • Mental health trusts
  • Community trusts
  • Ambulance trusts and non-emergency care
  • NHS Charities 
  • Arms Length Body Organisations
Our specific areas of focus:
  • Deputy Chief Operation Officer/Divisional Directors of Operations
  • Deputy Chief Nurse/Associate Directors of Nursing/Divisional Directors of Nursing
  • Directors of Midwifery
  • Divisional Medical Directors
  • Deputy Chief People Officer/Deputy Director of Human Resources
  • Deputy Directors of Finance
  • Directors of Strategy
  • Directors of Estates
  • Directors of Governance
  • Directors of Communication  

Making I&D a reality

Inclusion and Diversity is a key component to every process we support, and we have a strong track record of delivery. As a team we are committed to the NHS, we have a values-based approach to everything we do and are dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for our clients and candidates.


I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Hannah Wade and the Healthcare team for their exceptional service in my recruitment. Hannah Wade displayed an unwavering commitment to my candidacy. She took the time to engage in a thorough and insightful discussion with me, which not only alleviated my concerns but also helped me understand the role better. Hannah’s responsive and helpful approach immediately increased my interest in the position. Her unwavering support and guidance throughout the interview process was invaluable and undoubtedly contributed to my success. Hannah and her team ensured a seamless onboarding process, this level of professionalism and attention to detail truly sets them apart. I highly recommend Odgers Berndtson Healthcare, and particularly Hannah Wade, to any organisation seeking exceptional recruitment services. Their commitment to their clients and their ability to facilitate successful placements is truly remarkable.

Care Group Director, South Devon and Torbay NHS Foundation Trust

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for your efforts in finding and placing the right candidate with us.

The approach proposed and the way that you worked to select and complete the process was impressive and has yielded a great result. Thank you for responding to our challenges and also, pushing back appropriately – it’s always great to work with partners who enable a collaborative approach, to drive forward the right result.

CEO, Renaiss Health