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Programme Advisor

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term until October 2019
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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£42,414 - £49,969 per annum
21/08/2018 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.

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The System Transformation Group (STG) will see through the commitment in Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View to make “the biggest national move towards integrated care of any western country”.

Many of the challenges the NHS faces are systemic; for example, taking the strain off of A&Es is the collective job of GPs, hospitals, urgent treatment centres, 111, local government and care homes. Similarly, improving cancer or mental health services requires the collaboration of several organisations, working together systematically in new ways. So the first task for the STG is to catalyse and support the emergence of meaningful and effective health systems across the country, building on the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships that have been established. These have begun in different places and will mature at different speeds.

The strongest systems – designated as ‘integrated care systems’ (ICSs) –will go further by integrating services and funding, and by redesigning how care is provided. In redesigning care, they will draw on the best of the vanguards which, from 18/19, will need to embed in and spread across their surrounding health systems. ICSs will also implement validated population health models that proactively seek to prevent illness or acute deterioration.

The System Transformation Group operates a flexible resourcing model, where post-holders within the System Support and Development team will work across a range of areas focused on key priorities including: national ICS and STP policy development; hands-on support to, and problem solving with, STPs and ICSs; population health management; finance and efficiency; governance; primary care development and service improvement.

As a Programme Advisor, the post holder will:

  • Support the development of ICS policy, and potential future ICSs, in line with needs.
  • Need to be capable of drafting Board-level policy briefings and reports, and feeding into discussions to take these forward within the programme and nationally.
  • Independently manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, facilitating their involvement in the delivery of the ICS programme as well as helping to signpost third parties who contact the Group.
  • Be required to work flexibly, responding rapidly to changing priorities: designing, implementing and supporting projects to shape and deliver the strategic direction of the group.
  • Support the group to analyse some of the key challenges faced by staff and ICSs, supporting senior members of their team to resolve common issues at a national level.
  • Maintain a good knowledge of policies existing and emerging and apply this knowledge when developing strategy with key stakeholders to overcome barriers to implementation.
  • 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. 
  • Be responsible for providing professional expertise to the outcome of the business processes for the Directorate. 
  • Identification of relevant best practice (i.e. where similar systems are in place), this could be UK wide, globally, public or private sector both within and outside the health economy in order to develop appropriate options to implement policies. Post holder will need to consider how best practice could be applied to the existing health economy, taking into account the impact on existing relationships between entities and their functions across the health economy
  • Supporting the development of recommended approaches to implement the relevant policies (based on best practice research conducted), for example business cases, implementation plans, cost benefit analyses, including testing the options with key stakeholders (internally and externally) and outlining any key dependencies for successful implementation


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