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Deputy Director, Operations: Cancer Programme

NHS AfC: Band 9

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NHS AfC: Band 9
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2020
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£84,507 - £102,506 per annum
03/02/2019 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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Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer?  Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in NHS England’s Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

As a senior leader within the NHS National Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England.  Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients.  We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients. 

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the Long-Term Plan for the NHS provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future. 

This role is advertised as a Fixed Term Contract till 31st March 2020, however it is expected to continue beyond this time. 

Are you the right person for the job?

We’re looking for someone with a successful track record in developing national policy and seeing it through to implementation.  The successful candidate will have highly-developed skills in bringing stakeholders together in the design and delivery of operational policy and delivering through others.

Primary responsibilities

  • Overseeing the smooth and effective delivery of national projects to achieve early and fast diagnosis, modern treatment, improved research and better quality of life for cancer patients. This will include overseeing the design and delivery of projects nationally, and working with and through Cancer Alliances to turn those projects into a reality for patients.
  • Providing senior leadership in the content and oversight of the improvement delivery plan for national cancer standards, such as the 62 day referral to first treatment standard and the introduction of the new 28 day diagnostic standard. This will include supporting Cancer Alliances and regional teams in NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that delivery is on track and best practice is shared.
  • Working closely with partner programmes and organisations, including Public Health England and Health Education England, to ensure their priorities and deliverables are aligned with the Programme’s objectives.
  • Engaging extensively with stakeholders, including patients, the cancer charities and Royal Colleges, to ensure they are part of the design and delivery of Cancer Programme projects.

Person specification

Educated to degree or equivalent level, or with equivalent experience of working at a senior level, you will have significant experience of:

  • leading strategy and service development at a senior level to improve patient experience and outcomes, or transferable experience in an equivalent, non-health sector;
  • taking a policy idea through from an early development stage and seeing it through to implementation on the ground;
  • programme management in a large-scale organisation, and operating within complex organisational structures;
  • successfully operating in a complex, highly politicised environment and effectively managing competing priorities and stakeholders.

Candidates will evidence:

  • the ability to build excellent collaborative networks, influence and work through others;
  • the ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity, whilst working at pace;
  • well-developed leadership skills and the ability to build, develop and motivate high performing teams, including strong feedback and coaching skills;
  • strong interpersonal skills, including negotiation, conflict management and partnership working;
  • strong business management and financial management skills; and
  • excellent communication skills: written, verbal and listening.

Candidates will bring the following expertise:

  • a thorough understanding of NHS policy making and NHS governance systems;
  • a commitment to and passion for improving services and outcomes for cancer patients and their families; and
  • a strong and successful track record of using programme and project management to turn policy into successful delivery.

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Richard Brown, PMO Manager

07876 852196