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CCG Mergers Programme Manager

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2021
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Anglesey House, Towers Business Park, Wheelhouse Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1UL
£52,306 - £60,983 per annum
18/08/2019 23:59

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.

Midlands Region - CCG Mergers Programme Manager

AfC - Band 8b

Fixed Term Post up until 31 March 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Finance, Planning and Performance Directorate is developing a new team to deliver an exciting and challenging CCG mergers programme.

Working closely with colleagues from corporate and regional teams, CCGs and other stakeholders, the CCG mergers programme team will support existing CCGs that wish to merge to apply to do so and prepare to work together as new organisations. They will make a key contribution to the assessment of readiness of CCGs to operate as new statutory bodies.

The CCG mergers programme team will play a key role in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to ‘enable a single set of commissioning decisions at system level’, moving to a system which ‘typically’ has one CCG per Integrated Care System. CCG mergers are a key enabler of system transformation. They involve significant organisational and technical changes and the programme team will work with CCGs to deliver a smooth transition through a formal process. The team brings together expertise in programme management and functional disciplines, including HR and OD, finance, governance and legal, informatics, and communications and engagement.   The team will work in an agile way and is split across regional and corporate bases.

The post is responsible for providing professional expertise to the outcome of the business processes for the Department or Directorate.

The post holder will define current processes, facilitate discussions and advise colleagues as to how best practice might be adopted in the definition of future processes, document those processes as they are agreed and oversee their delivery.


·         Lead on the implementation of the CCG Mergers programme for the region, through engagement, negotiation and influencing a range of stakeholders across the area (working with relevant experts and leads)

·         Lead and co-ordinate the implementation of the regional CCG mergers programme streams and projects in the development of systemised processes, controls, governance and communication to ensure that the new company meets business needs of customer Trusts from the agreed go live date’.

·         Project manage the setup of the regional programme PMO / project team if necessary

·         Produce all project documentation for that area, including Project Plans, Risk Logs, briefings, highlight reports and any other documentation as required by the programme.

·         Provide and deliver innovative solutions to address complex issues and barriers/resistance to change, managing diversity of systems and processes already in operation.

·         Support the regional CCG Mergers Delivery Group in developing policy, procedures and best practice guidance for several elements of collaborative activity, minimising duplication, and maximising streamlining/portability in any process.

·         Map out and join up existing NHS and third-party systems to enable change whilst recognising and supporting best practice

·         Identify, establish and ensure effective leadership for any sub-groups / task & finish groups required to maintain project momentum, design solutions and ensure stakeholders are engaged in full in the proposed solutions

·       To ensure that all change management processes are managed effectively in order that changes to process and procedures are incorporated and directed to meet the business needs of the new company and both Trusts

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Alice Mutumba