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Deputy Director, Operations: Cancer Programme

NHS AfC: Band 9

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Deputy Director Operations
NHS AfC: Band 9
Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2019
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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London based
£84,507 - £102,506 per annum
06/09/2018 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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Are you passionate about improving the lives of cancer patients? Do you want to help achieve cancer survival rates in England that match the best in Europe?  Working in NHS England’s Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

The NHS Cancer Programme sets the agenda for cancer services in England and is currently in the third year of a five year strategy expected to run until 31 March 2021.

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 Cancer Programme. We are well advanced with the delivery of the 2015-2020 Cancer Taskforce strategy, making service improvements for patients, and we are developing our longer-term vision and plan for cancer services in England.

Are you the right person for the job?

We’re looking for someone with extensive experience in developing national policy and seeing it through to implementation. The successful candidate will also 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 project delivery nationally and working with and through Cancer Alliances to deliver service transformations for patients.
  • Providing senior-level input and 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, such as charities, Royal Colleges, and patients, to ensure they are part of the design and delivery of Cancer Programme projects.

Person specification

Educated to masters or equivalent level, or with equivalent experience of working at a senior level, they will possess:

  • significant experience at a senior level in leading strategy and service development to improve patient experience and outcomes, or transferable experience in an equivalent sector;
  • significant experience of programme management in a large scale organisation, and operating within complex organisational structures;
  • experience of successfully operating in complex, highly politicised environments 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, lead, 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 on the ground.

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Richard Brown
PMO Programme Manager
Mobile: 07876 852196