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Clinical Associate

Job Reference: 990-1-EI6627-MI

NHS England and NHS Improvement
Cheylesmore House, Coventry
£40,057 - £45,839 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.

This role is a part time (0.5 WTE) secondment position and is fixed term for 6 months. This opportunity is ideal for Allied health professionals, across the 14 professions and pharmacists, nurses, midwives, doctors, psychologists and healthcare scientists who are keen to increase their leadership and transformational change capabilities.

NHS Horizons is a specialist innovation unit within the Improvement Directorate. Its work focuses on:

  • Convening spaces (both face-to-face and virtual) where people with diverse views and experiences share learning and plan for large scale change in complex environments.
  • Building the capability of change agents across the system. We focus on change agency (the power to make a positive difference) which is different to innovation and improvement but boosts both.
  • Promoting the spread and scale of specific innovations, new ways of thinking and working and new methods and frameworks for change, in line with the priorities of NHS England, NHS Improvement and the other organisations that commission our work.
  • NHS Horizons supports leaders at every level of the NHS system in their change efforts, as well as other ALBs, government departments and leaders of change in other healthcare systems globally.

Simultaneously, NHS Horizons is developing an innovation business model, which will enable it to service direct commissions from stakeholders within NHS England and the wider health and care systems, on a cost recovery basis.

Examples of NHS Horizons’ current priority programmes of work include:

  • The Exchange engagement programme across the entire organisation
  • Working with the National Immunisation programme team to improve engagement and connectivity to reduce health inequalities and increase equitable access to vaccination
  • Convening a community of learning with the improvement leaders of the large-scale vaccination centres to share emergent good practice and learning and enhance their relationships and networks
  • Supporting the People Directorate to develop and implement the NHS People Plan
  • Crowdsourcing as a methodology for convening ideas and effecting large scale change
  • Increasing the virtual capabilities of the organisation through training, development and partnerships with other teams in particular the use of virtual facilitation as a means for large scale change and developing communities of practice
  • The (virtual) School for Change Agents which supports point of care workforce to build their skills and power to make change happen. Our 2021 School was our biggest yet, with lots of positive outcomes reported

To support and improve its NHS programmes, NHS Horizons additionally undertakes commissions for organisations in other countries mostly on a virtual basis. In the past year, we have worked with teams and systems in all the home nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Sweden, Denmark and pan-European organisations.

It is a very interesting time to join Horizons as a Clinical Associate (Project Manager) to help us build the clinical transformational capability across the NHS.

This opportunity is ideal for allied health professionals (across the 14 professions), pharmacists, nurses, midwives, doctors, psychologists and healthcare scientists who are keen to increase their leadership and transformational change capabilities. They should be interested in quality improvement and want to bring that knowledge to improve their practice. In return, we offer the opportunity for the post-holder to develop their understanding and practice in large-scale, transformational change. We anticipate that the post-holder will be able to integrate their learning back into their clinical practice during and at the end of their time with Horizons

The post will be key for developing our clinical model for the future.

The post holder (in addition to the generic job specification) will:

  • Act as a project manager and oversee the successful delivery of at least one core project (or element of a project) working with colleagues within Horizons, other teams within NHS England/Improvement and the wider NHS and care sector
  • Provide a clinical perspective to projects led by the Horizons team that support the recovery of health and care
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of learning approaches
  • Work alongside improvement experts, gaining experience of system leadership and large scale transformation.
  • Develop their social influence approach and virtual collaboration capability

The reason for the fixed term of your contract is short-term time limited project. The part time secondment contract is to encourage reciprocal learning.

As part of the secondment opportunity, the post holder will be encouraged to develop their own skills and work on a programme of activity that they can apply during and/or on their return to their substantive role.

The hours offered will be on a part time basis up to 0.5 WTE with the intention that the post holder will continue clinical duties in their current organisation so line manager support for this opportunity will be essential.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Bev Matthews

Job title Clinical and Transformation Programme Lead

Email address

Telephone number 07717 345798

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.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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