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Project Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Project Management
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Quarry House or Skipton House
Leeds or London
£37,570 – £43,772 per annum
26/08/2019 23:59
Interview date

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

NHS England and NHS Improvement 

Change and Programme Delivery Team – Transformation and Corporate Development Directorate  

Note: These are internal vacancies which are open exclusively to members of staff within NHS England and NHS Improvement. Where candidates have been assigned the “at risk” status this will be indicated automatically on TRAC

Band 7 – 2 x Project Manager positions (1 position will be based in Leeds and 1 position will be based in London) 

Location: Leeds or London - Please state your preferred location in your application  

Contract: Permanent 

Imagine being able to work on a variety of different assignments lasting for 3-6 months that enable you to experience how other parts of the organisation work. Our Project Manager positions are ideal for candidates who thrive on being flexible, are problem solvers and enjoy working on diverse, complex and challenging initiatives. If you are seeking an opportunity to hone your project management skills on a range of assignments to support some of NHS England’s priority programmes and projects, then this opportunity is for you.

In exchange for your skills, expertise and ability to make an immediate and positive impact on the projects/programmes you will be assigned; we will provide you with a supportive home team which is committed to developing its staff and offering career progression within the organisation.

We are eager to hear from you if believe you can thrive in this environment - we strongly encourage candidates to get in touch to learn more about our C&PD team and the work we do.

Ideally you should possess a relevant programme and/or project management qualification (or equivalent experience), as subject matter expertise in this area is a fundamental part of this role. If you would like to know more about the type of experience we consider equivalent please contact us before submitting your application

The Role and Your Experience

As a Project Manager within the Change & Programme Delivery team (C&PD) you will work as part of a dynamic team in providing an effective flexible service to support teams from across NHS England and NHS improvement in their work to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and Long-Term Plan. 

You will:

  • be able to work on your own initiative and have demonstrable experience of contributing to successful delivery of government/public sector programmes, supporting the successful implementation of business change, and working with a broad range of stakeholders and delivery partners
  • possess a good working knowledge of project management methodology
  • have good communication and analytical skills
  • have the ability and resilience to quickly integrate and establish good working relationships with the teams you will be assigned to. 

Having strong core project and programme management skills is a must, but we also want to recruit experienced professionals with a wide range of competencies and backgrounds. Therefore, additional skills or experience in any of the following areas would also be beneficial:

  • Health and social care policy, strategy and/or data analysis/research
  • Social media support, web and branding design/development
  • Event, workshop and conference management/facilitation experience
  • Benefits change and realisation analysis
  • Commercial or procurement experience
  • Business case development and financial modelling.

The post holder will be part of a great team with staff based in London and Leeds. We provide significant opportunities for professional development as well as opportunities to contribute to the development of our team and service model. 

Some examples of the programmes we have recently, or are currently, supporting include: the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, the National Cancer Strategy, ‘Right Care’, the General Practice Forward View, and the NHS England & NHS Improvement Joint Working Programme. 

The Team:

The team acts as a flexible pool of resources that provide dedicated support, advice and expertise in programme management, delivery and mobilisation, organisational change and other areas. By providing these resources and expertise internally, we optimise the use of skills and retain talent currently within the organisation whilst reducing spend on external contractors. Our team members work and thrive in a dynamic, matrix-style team environment and enjoy solving complex health and care problems. 

As a team, we have a passion for developing our staff and you will get the opportunity to contribute to broader initiatives such as our Peer Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Organisational Development groups, as well as our activities to support volunteering and local community initiatives. 

We are keen to hear from candidates who are passionate about transformation and want to make a meaningful impact on the wider NHS and the people who use its services.


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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information regarding these roles, please contact Cath Sockett by email to or call 0113 8250909