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Head of Strategy, Public Health Commissioning

NHS AfC: Band 8d

Main area
Strategy & Commissioning
NHS AfC: Band 8d
Fixed Term 31st March 2019
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House London or Quarry House Leeds
£70,206 - £85,333 per annum
15/11/2018 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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The NHS has a critical part to play in securing good population health and disease prevention. The Section 7A agreement between the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England enables NHS England to commission certain public health services that will drive improvements in population health.

NHS England works in a tripartite partnership with DHSC and PHE to commission and monitor services, and develop the section 7a agreement.  Each organisation has a specific role described below:

NHS England has a specific role to commission the public health services set out in the agreement and to hold to account providers to ensure that they deliver the contracts that have been agreed. In 17/18 NHS England will commission public health services worth over £1,152m. The DHSC is the overall steward of the system and holds NHS England to account for delivery under this agreement.

The agreement sets out outputs and outcomes to be achieved by NHS England and arrangements for funding from the public health budget. The spirit of this agreement is a shared commitment to protect and improve the public’s health. DHSC, NHS England and PHE share the vision of working in partnership to achieve the benefits of this agreement for the people of England. In line with the Government’s strategies for the NHS and the public health system, we aim to:

  • Improve public health outcomes and reduce health inequalities
  • Contribute to a more sustainable public health, health and care system

The post will lead a significant programme of work, looking to deliver a step change in the delivery of diabetic eye screening.  Diabetic eye screening has been led from within the Public Health Commissioning team in the Operations and Delivery Directorate as part of the wider the Public Health Functions agreement (Section 7A) budget.  Proposed changes to the national diabetic eye screening programmes call and re-call process i.e. the screening intervals from 12 months to 24 months for low risk individuals could generate significant benefits for the NHS, whilst providing a high quality service to patients.  In order to deliver this a major change and a transformation programme is required, which will encompass changes to current and/ or new IT systems, quality improvements for the existing care pathway, major stakeholder engagement with policy and IT suppliers and commissioners, and where appropriate procurement of services.

The post will be expected to:

  • Provide senior leadership to a programme of work to establish a step change in the call / recall system for diabetic retinopathy, as part of the Public Health Commissioning team. This includes project planning, management (including budget management), set up of appropriate governance, and reporting.
  • Drive the strategy for delivery and implementation of consistent and high quality approaches to diabetic eye screening, supporting and ensuring alignment across the system;
  • Develop and communicate the vision for diabetic eye screening, and the development of strategy and operational policies to support this vision, including gaining buy in from partner organisations,;
  • Lead engagement on behalf of the Public Health Commissioning team around this programme across a range of stakeholders, including NHS England, Public Health England, DHSC and local commissioners.

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