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Programme Support Manager

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Programme Support
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term contract until 31st October 2020
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House, 80 London Rd, London SE1 6LH
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum
28/08/2019 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.

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.

Being a part of 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.

Please note that the reason for the fixed term of this contract is maternity leave. The temporary contract will therefore, terminate on 31st October 2020 to allow the substantive postholder to resume the duties of their substantive post.

As a Programme Support Manager embedded within the Cancer Programme’s Programme Management Office, the post holder will primarily provide high-quality, comprehensive programme support to the Living with and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) team.

Are you the right person for the job?

The successful candidate will have excellent project/programme management skills, a pragmatic approach to managing deadlines and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment at the heart of NHS policy and decision-making.

Primary responsibilities

The Programme Support Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring milestone plans, risk and issue registers and other key programme management documents are relevant, up to date and aligned with corporate requirements.
  • Producing monthly project highlight reports for the LWBC, drawing on knowledge and expertise from team members.
  • Providing high-quality secretariat support to groups and Boards, including agenda-setting, drafting correspondence, minute-taking and managing membership.
  • Designing and delivering events such as meetings and workshops, working with colleagues and taking a lead on specific tasks.
  • Using in-depth knowledge of the aims and activities of the workstream to become the first point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, including other workstreams, Alliances, charities etc.
  • Coordinating corporate reporting processes for progress against agreed plans.
  • Providing flexible and agile support for projects within the wider Cancer Programme, working with colleagues to manage peaks of activity and ensure the programme delivers against its ambitions.

We are looking for candidates who can evidence: (See person specification for further detail)

  • Experience of providing project management and comprehensive secretariat support across a complex programme.
  • Experience in communications and stakeholder management, including drafting and preparation of correspondence, reports and briefing papers.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including health professionals, senior managers, people affected by cancer, third sector organisations.
  • Works well with others, is positive and helpful, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others.
  • Consistently looks to improve what they do, look for successful tried and tested ways of working, and also seeks out innovation.
  • An ability to work autonomously in a dynamic environment is essential, as you will be working in a rapidly changing context with multiple priorities.


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