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Director for Patient Equalities and Health Inequalities

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3697-CE

NHS England and NHS Improvement
Leeds or London
£100,000 - £113,625 per annum

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.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

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.

COVID-19 has further exposed the inequalities which characterise nearly every health outcome, and the NHS has now made the acceleration of actions to address health inequalities a core element of our plans for helping support those most vulnerable in society during the pandemic and also in restoring and resetting services.

To lead this expanded and high-profile agenda we are seeking to appoint a time-limited role of Director for Patient Equalities and Health Inequalities. The post holder will oversee the delivery of this national programme to accelerate action to address inequalities. They will provide leadership, advice, evidence, support and challenge to ensure that we deliver improvements, deliver meaningful change and create momentum for wider progress.

They will lead team who work across the organisation, with Systems and the wider community to support and drive change.

Key aspects of this role will be to:

  • Provide senior oversight, leadership and drive to deliver the commitments NHS England/ Improvement has made to reduce inequalities for patients as an integral part of the next phases of COVID-19 system recovery.
  • To lead any subsequent COVID-19 related strategic responses to inequalities, drawing on the learning from the next stage of response.
  • Provide visible senior leadership across the organisation and wider system for medium and longer term action on health inequalities as set out in the Long Term Plan;
  • Manage and maintain key relationships across health and social care for NHS England/ Improvement. This includes partners across government (DHSC, GEO, PHE), system leaders and programme directors;
  • Negotiate with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that health inequalities are mainstreamed into key plans and programmes and adequately resourced and measured;
  • With colleagues from major programmes and regional offices, support the development of local systems to further strength the role of systems (integrated care systems/sustainability and transformation partnerships and Primary Care Networks) in leading the development of partnerships and strategies for addressing health inequalities;
  • Enhance the availability and quality of data and champion the use of all forms of insight to inform decision-making in a timely way;
  • Ensure effective assurance and support is in place across the organisation, so that programme commitments are delivered;
  • Enhance the capability of NHS England/ Improvement and of NHS systems to understand, interpret and address health inequalities;
  • Establish and negotiate new service changes required as part of programmes, taking into account progress against objectives and the developing evidence base;
  • Act as a role model internally for inclusive leadership and meaningful engagement with people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage.

Please note that the reason for the fixed term of your contract is due to short-term funding.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Ben Jupp

Job title: Director of Strategy

Email address:

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, 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.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

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