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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/11/2021.

Senior Consultant (Evaluation)

Job Reference: 877-CSU-3593072

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
Central Birmingham, Birmingham
£40,057 - £53,219 Dependent on experience

Senior Consultant


£40,057 - £53,219 (Band 7 – 8a)

About us

The Strategy Unit is leading research, analysis and change from within the NHS.

Our services are in high demand, as the NHS and its partners face significant challenges. We work with healthcare providers, commissioners, universities, charities, and government organisations. Supporting them to solve complex problems by providing evidence-informed analysis and advice.

The roles

We are expanding! We have a range of roles across our team including:

  1. Research Assistant (£22, 549 - £24,882)
  2. Healthcare Analyst (£32,306 - £39,027)
  3. Senior Consultant (£40,057 - £53,219)
  4. Senior Healthcare Analyst (£40,057 - £53,219)

(Please see our website for information on the other roles)

We are looking for individuals who are logical and creative thinkers, understand the value of using data and evidence, and who are proactive in suggesting new ideas or improvements. We offer a competitive remuneration package, flexible working arrangements, and all the benefits associated with NHS employment – driven by the desire to offer an excellent work-life balance.

In all roles you will:

  • Support the delivery of varied project assignments.
  • Manage multiple tasks across multiple projects in a dynamic environment, taking responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of project outputs.
  • Be provided with support to develop your skills through formal training and hands-on experience.

If you would like to learn more about a specific role, please view the associated job description.

Our values

We operate as an independent consultancy but are part of the NHS, hosted by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), and driven by NHS values. Our desire is to:

  • Add public value

We are committed to making a difference in health and social care. We only seek work that be believe can add value, either directly or indirectly, and improve care for the people we serve.

  • Act with objectivity and integrity

We use our skills to provide impartial and independent analysis, advice, and support.

  • Work as a system partner

We work in partnership with our clients, understanding the pressures they face, respecting their judgement and working collaboratively with them to improve outcomes.


Flexible working

Our team are mostly based in the Midlands, although the majority are currently working from home. We are planning to move to a base in central Birmingham in early 2022. We are committed to providing a work environment to suit you, this means we will provide all equipment necessary for your role and provide an office space if working from home isn’t an option. Whilst it is anticipated that most staff will continue to work from home for at least some (if not most) of the working week we cannot guarantee new starters a permanent full time homeworking arrangement as business or project needs may necessitate some office attendance and we do expect to have regular team days where everyone will get together,


We strongly value diversity within our workforce, and recognise that different people bring different perspectives, lived experience, ideas, and culture to the team. This difference brings with it great strengths, including diversity of thought and innovation.

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability, and age. Ethnic minority groups, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, disabled people and religious and faith groups are currently under-represented across the organisation, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.

We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we're open to discussing flexible working options, provided we can balance your needs with those of our clients.

Please submit your application through the NHS Jobs portal. We recognise that this is not a straightforward process but unfortunately, we can’t accept CV’s. We'll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process to accommodate your needs, feel free to contact Lorna Crofts ( who will be happy to support you.

Provisional dates for shortlisting and interview are listed below


18th – 19th November


2nd – 3rd December


If you have any queries relating to specific areas of our work or what it’s like to work at the Strategy Unit, please get in touch:

For further details / informal visits contact:

Lorna Crofts

Business Manager

Email address:




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In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the closing date. You are advised to submit your completed application form as soon as possible.

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Additional information relating to the role can be found in the Job Description. Candidates will be shortlisted against the criteria outlined within the Person Specification, therefore, to avoid disappointment please ensure you meet the requirements of the role before applying and that you clearly demonstrate these requirements within your application form.

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