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Programme Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8d

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NHS AfC: Band 8d
Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2021
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House
£70,206 – £85,333 per annum
18/11/2018 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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NHS England is looking for a skilled and experienced change agent to lead two major programmes of work within the Mental Health Clinical Policy and Strategy Unit.   The successful candidate will lead NHS’s England’s delivery of the commitments set out in the Government’s response to “Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper”, the perinatal mental health programme and will support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.   These programmes sit within the ambitious five-year cross-organisation strategy (the “Five Year Forward View for Mental Health”).

NHS England published the recommendations of the Mental Health Task Force, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, in 2016.The NHS England Mental Health Work Programme will transform Mental Health services by 2020/21. The recommendations include implementing the proposals set out in Future in Mind, the report of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) and Wellbeing Taskforce (March 2015). Our Work Programme has been expanded as NHS England is leading on implementing proposals in the Government’s response to “Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper”.

This is an exciting and highly complex work programme, which will change and improve mental health services for mothers, babies, children and young people. Mental Health services are a corporate priority; and a priority for Ministers at the Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Education. Implementing it will involve a number of ALBs, stakeholders and other partners particularly in education. In addition to over £1bn a year of additional funding already committed to the Work Programme, additional funding is being made available to implement proposals set out in the Green Paper.

An important aspect of the role will be managing the interface with a range of partner organisations, including the Departments of Health and Social Care and for Education, colleagues in NHS Improvement and health Education England and senior leaders in other Arm’s Length Bodies, regional and local NHS leaders, and the Voluntary and Community Sector. The successful candidate will able to engage senior external stakeholders, including ministers, and represent NHS England and the Mental Health agenda with confidence. 


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