Relationship Manager

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Policy and Stakeholder Management
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Quarry House, Leeds
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
25/02/2018 23:59

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and their 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 spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. A lot of the work we do involves the commissioning of health care services in England. We commission the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and we support local health services that are led by groups of GPs called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). CCGs plan and pay for local services such as hospitals and ambulance services.

We have devised a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View. And now, with our partners, we are delivering that vision. This vision shows that we are getting serious about prevention, identifying and delivering improvements in health care, redesigning the NHS so it continues to meet the needs of patients, ensuring the NHS is financially sustainable and engaging the public in this whole process.

We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. If this post is an Executive or Senior Manager (ESM) role or Medical Leader position this supplement is not applicable.

The Support Strategy and Market Development team is responsible for working with stakeholders from across the health and social care system to ensure they have access to support services that will enable them to transform how they deliver care. Support services range from technology solutions that enable care providers to access up to date information on their patients through to assurance services that support more effective management of local health economies.

The Policy and Relationship Manager will work with the central team to support the management of relationships with senior stakeholders across the health and social care system and within NHS England and other national bodies (in particular NHS Improvement and NHS Digital). They will also support the management and operation of the new Health Systems Support Framework and engagement and development of the suppliers appointed to the Framework.

This position requires someone who can operate in a politically sensitive environment, has the confidence to challenge established thinking where it is appropriate to do so and knows when issues need to be escalated to a more senior level.  Candidates will need to develop a comprehensive understanding of how support services will enable transformation of health systems and improve outcomes for patients and will actively participate in shaping and implementing the policy. The role would be suited to someone with prior policy experience or someone interested in developing skills in the policy making arena.

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