Programme Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8d

Main area
Policy and Strategy
NHS AfC: Band 8d
Fixed term contract until the end of March 2019 (with extension subject to funding confirmation)
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House or Quarry House
London or Leeds
£70,206-£85,333 per annum
25/07/2018 23:59
Interview date

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 Innovation Unit is a rapidly expanding team which, when fully staffed, will include around 10 people. Positioned within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate, the Unit is responsible for NHS England’s work to support the adoption and uptake of innovative technologies.

The Five Year Forward View and Next Steps for the Five Year Forward View highlighted the role that science, technology and innovation will play in responding to the challenges that the health services faces.

This is an exciting time to join the team. The Test Bed programme is transitioning from NHS England’s Strategy Team, to the Innovation and Life Sciences group, in order to better align with the broader innovation landscape and other national programmes. The post holder will benefit from learning from the first wave of the Test Bed programme, as well as aligning with other national innovation and research programmes. The second wave of the Test Bed programme is running until March 2020.

Working closely with colleagues across NHS England, the Office for Life Sciences, and other stakeholders, the Programme Lead (Test Bed programme) will lead the delivery of the second wave of the Test Bed programme on behalf of NHS England, including oversight of a programme team of two – three people. In addition the post holder will be a key senior member of the wider Innovation and Life Sciences group, supporting NHS England’s

The post requires someone with a strong leadership style and the ability to think strategically, with clear planning to ensure targets are achieved. You will be able to manage the delivery of a complex programme alongside strategic work to ensure that pathways are in place to support future uptake of innovative products. You will have excellent relationship management skills, and ability to build credibility and trust with colleagues within the NHS, central government, arm’s length bodies, regulators and the commercial sector.

Some travel around England will be required.

Interviews to be held in Skipton House, London on the 9th or 10th August.

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Francesca Trundle - Senior Strategy Manager at