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Deputy Director of Horizons

NHS AfC: Band 8d

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NHS AfC: Band 8d
Secondment for 6 Months
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Cheylesmore House
£70,206 - £85,333 per annum
19/02/2019 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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NHS Horizons is a specialist innovation unit within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate. Its work focuses on:

·        Convening spaces (both face-to-face and virtual) where people with diverse views and experiences share learning and plan for large scale change in complex environments.

·        Building the capability of change agents across the system. We focus on change agency (the power to make a positive difference) which is different to innovation and improvement but boosts both.

·        Promoting the spread and scale of specific innovations, new ways of thinking and working and new methods and frameworks for change, in line with the priorities of NHS England, NHS Improvement and the other organisations that commission our work.


NHS Horizons supports leaders at every level of the NHS system in their change efforts, as well as other ALBs, government departments and leaders of change in other healthcare systems globally.

Simultaneously, NHS Horizons is developing an innovation business model, which will enable it to service direct commissions from stakeholders within NHS England and the wider health and care systems, on a cost recovery basis. This represents a significant alteration to NHS Horizons’ operating model, and the Deputy Director will have a pivotal role in ensuring successful transition.

As a Deputy Director, the post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting managers and staff across NHS Horizons. The Deputy Director is a key member of the senior leadership of NHS Horizons. With the Project Director, s/he takes responsibility for ensuring that the wider team delivers an effective service to multiple stakeholders, both within NHS England and the wider NHS and global health and care systems. The post holder is responsible for supporting managers and staff across NHS Horizons to drive improvement in quality and safety across the NHS, through the NHS Horizons’ programmes.

The post holder will develop effective strategy and operational policies for promoting innovation across Cluster and Sector. Working closely with colleagues across the sector, ensuring coherent strategy and will:

  • Drive the strategy for, supporting and ensuring alignment across the system
  • Drive reform and support organisational change and uptake of initiatives that support excellence
  • Develop and communicate the vision for the role of innovation, and the development of strategy and operational policies to support this vision
  • Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform development of strategy and policies
  • Identify examples of national and international best practice and to ensure that NHS England benefits from relevant innovations in healthcare
  • Support development by developing the innovation infrastructure and capacity in organisations
  • Develop and champion new initiatives or projects as necessary
  • Working with providers and clinical experts to design new training products
  • Provide expertise of best practice methodologies regulatory requirements, policy imperatives, innovation and technological developments and stakeholders knowledge.

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