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Improvement Director

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Improvement Director
Executives / VSM: Executives / VSM
Fixed Term/Secondment until 31/03/2020
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House
£90,900 - £113,625 per annum
21/08/2019 23:59

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Intensive Improvement Directors for Quality and Finance
ESM Band 1 – Competitive Salary
Number of positions: 4
Hours: Full time or part time. If part time the minimum expectation is 0.6WTE
Contract: Fixed term contract or secondment opportunity until the end of March 2020. Candidates must be able to start the role during the month of October 2019
Location: Home based, but with national travel expected as the norm

Nationally, the responsibility for Special Measures now rests with the Improvement Directorate in the newly integrated NHS England and Improvement structure. Within the broad family of expertise in Improvement, the Intensive Support for Challenged Systems (ISCS) team has a specific remit to provide support to the most challenged providers, CCGs and local health economies to identify, evaluate and support the recovery of the most significant issues they face; this includes those in Special Measures for Quality and / or Finance. Improvement Directors with specialisms in either quality or finance are a key part of that support. These roles are expected to focus on up to two client organisations at a time and to be embedded within these organisations, generally working independently to provide support, challenge and advice to the senior leadership team of the trust, their key partner organisations and, critically, the local NHSE-I regional team.

Working with these organisations and their stakeholders is complex and challenging, but ultimately immensely rewarding. Improvement Directors joining the team will be part of the Improvement Director network and be able to call on significant experience and peer support from existing members of ISCS, as well as skills in the wider organisation. We also hold monthly Improvement Director events to ensure shared learnings, latest knowledge updates, and networking opportunities. The team wishes to recruit an additional four Improvement Directors – 2 with a quality specialism and 2 with a finance specialism. Roles are fixed term until the end March 2020 initially.

Candidates should have the following experience and attributes:

  • A passion for improving the NHS for patients
  • Proven ability to work at Board level or to influence Board level decision making and behaviours
  • Highly developed, broad based technical skills. For quality-focussed roles, candidates should demonstrate experience of improving quality governance, quality improvement approaches and knowledge of the CQC approach to inspection. For finance-focussed roles, candidates should demonstrate a sound understanding and experience of identifying the drivers of organisational deficits, developing and delivering financial recovery plans and implementing a broad range of initiatives which will impact an organisations financial grip and control alongside more strategic solutions
  • Track record of working autonomously, exercising judgement, discretion and political awareness
  • Ability to give constructive feedback to senior leaders, including challenging behaviours which conflict with NHS values
  • Skilled in being able to develop own network to meet the needs of the Trust/system
  • Ability to self-direct and self-motivate
  • High personal resilience

Previous experience of working with highly challenged organisations would be an advantage.

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Application closing date: Wednesday, 21st August
Interviews for the roles are expected to take place on the mornings of the 3rd and 4th of September 2019

Candidates must be able to start the role during the month of October 2019

We reserve the right to close vacancies early, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of the closing date please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

We value and respect the diversity of our employees, and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

If you are shortlisted you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK (refer to the attached guidance). Failure to bring the required proof will mean that we may be unable to proceed with your interview. If you are a licensed Medical Practitioner you must supply your GMC number. Any doctor who is applying for a role with us, who does not have English as their first language must be able to evidence passing IELTS.

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Further details / informal visits contact

To discuss the role in more detail, please contact Dr Sally Herne, Lead Improvement Director for the Quality posts – or Fiona Howgego, , Programme Director Intensive Support for the Finance roles.