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Wessex Genomics Project Manager

Job Reference: 188-AC2431-B

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) as the Wessex Genomics Programme Manager. Working within a complex project and be part of delivering the national strategy. The new model for Genomic Laboratories is to enable genetic testing at scale and to embed genomics into clinical practice. This position is a Band 8a – 12 Months Fixed Term Contract. It will be based at the Southampton General Hospital site, but with flexible working at Salisbury Hospital. This is a Monday to Friday role, 37.5 hours per week, working in core hours.


UHS is one of the largest acute provider services on the South Coast with an operating budget of c£800m. It has built a strong reputation and attracts staff to work in a forward thinking organisation with a strong culture for change that is patient centred, driving for excellence. It works closely with the University of Southampton and other partners, to deliver healthcare, together with leading research and development. It is also a leading teaching hospital developing the workforce of the future.

UHS is the lead organisation for Wessex in the delivery of genomics, which is a transformational strategy toward personalised medicine. It is working in partnership with Salisbury Genomic Laboratory and peripheral laboratories to deliver a new Network for the region, as well as being part of wider Consortia. The Consortia provides testing to c20% of England

The role will sit within and report to the Trust Strategy Team (Deputy Director of Strategy), it provides strategic and project/change management expertise in organisational business planning. The role will work closely with the Wessex Genomic leads, in particular teams at UHS and Salisbury Hospital; it will also have a professional reporting line to the Medical Director at Salisbury Hospital.

The role requires close partner working and detailed programming to transform services for the future.


To act as the designated Programme Manager for the Wessex Genomic Project, working to deliver a high quality, safe and sustainable genomic service for the region;

  • Lead and oversee complex service reconfiguration and redesign across Wessex

  • Provide professional programme management and support

  • Work with and manage multiple stakeholders (at a senior level, clinical and non-clinical) in order to ensure successful delivery of the project

  • Produce proposals for service changes and engage relevant stakeholders, as per best practice guidance and legal requirements

  • Monitor, interpret and quality assure progress against deliverables


We put Patients First in our work to improve their experience of care at UHS, we Work Together with a wide range of departments and organisations as partners, and we are Always looking to Improve our trust services for the public, patients and staff.

You will need :

- The personal drive to work independently but with the support of an established team

- A sound knowledge of the current NHS structure and strategic context

- A keen eye for detail and financial competence

- Have excellent communication and influential skills for a wide variety of stakeholders

- Ability to manage conflicting priorities and agendas in the best interest of the Trusts and project

- An ambition to learn every day

- A track record of success in delivering change and project management in a complex healthcare setting

- Ability to meet challenging deadlines and work as a team player


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sue Leamore

Deputy Director of Strategy

02381 206629

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


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