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Deputy Head

NHS AfC: Band 8d

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Deputy Head
NHS AfC: Band 8d
Fixed term until December 2019
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£70,206 - £85,333 per annum
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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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The System Transformation Group’s objective is to develop health systems across England, with integrated care models at their heart. 

For those interested in driving forward the healthcare policy which will change the face of the entire NHS for the better, NHS England’s System Transformation Group (STG) is one of the most exciting places in the public sector to be. The Group is the national team responsible for driving forward the development of integrated health systems. If you have the outstanding problem-solving skills, intellectual horsepower, creativity and optimism to facilitate this change, and have experience of delivering in partnership with patients, then a role working with us may be for you.

Working closely with our regionally-based colleagues as well as NHS Improvement, the STG is responsible for:

  • Overall strategy and policy as it relates to the development of integrated health systems in England;
  • Supporting systems to deliver the NHS’ key priorities: redesigned urgent and emergency care, stronger and more accessible primary care, improved mental health and cancer services;
  • Developing population health analytics and disseminating learning about how to redesign care in response to this intelligence, drawing on the best of the new care model vanguards;
  • Developing and testing new models of regulatory oversight and system-wide metrics;
  • Developing system control totals, alternative payment models and supporting cross-system efficiencies;
  • Convening ICSs and STPs as a leadership group and providing platforms for peer-to-peer learning;
  • Arranging other support as required - for example, on technology or workforce - drawing on other teams and outside experts

As a deputy head, the post holder will work as part of this dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting managers and staff across the System Transformation Group. The post holder will be committed to delivering system transformation across England and passionate about improving the experience of patients, the longer-term health outcomes of communities and the financial sustainability of the health and care system. In particular the post holder will:

  • Formulate, adapt and implement strategy within a complex, shifting and sometimes ambiguous context;
  • Drive the strategy and implementation of an assigned project, including business planning, allocating resources and ensuring achievement of deliverables;
  • Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform development of strategy and policies;
  • Oversee development of your project team, including staff coaching and development, line management responsibilities and supporting wider initiatives and programmes of development for the group as a whole;
  • Support organisational change within ICSs and STPs, acting as a senior point of contact and support for named systems;
  • Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform development of strategy and policies;
  • Provide expertise of best practice methodologies regulatory requirements, policy imperatives, innovation and technological developments and stakeholders knowledge; and
  • Develop and champion new initiatives or projects as necessary.


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